Life Cycle Events
Preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvah begins with Hebrew instruction in the 3rd grade. In addition to religious school teachers, Rabbi Greene, Cantor Kassel and highly-skilled, experienced tutors take an active role in each child’s development. This special day of participation is woven into our Shabbat Service creating a meaningful and memorable day for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah families, their friends and our congregation alike.
Many families also use our beautiful facilities to host their celebrations immediately following the service or during the evening following the end of Shabbat.
After Bar and Bat Mitzvah through Confirmation
Temple Beth Tikvah is committed to our teens’ Jewish journeys. We have created a learning community for rising 8th and 9th graders that is creative and compelling for Jewish teens. Our students share concerns that confront young people in a safe place, discover how they can “own” their Jewish experiences differently after they become b’nai mitzvah, and strengthen their own Jewish identities. Jewish education is a lifelong endeavor. This program engages our students in meaningful ways, builds a stronger youth community, and prepares them for making Jewish choices for “the real world.”
During the 10th grade, our students study with Rabbi Greene. The year concludes with a confirmation ceremony held in our sanctuary under the guidance of Rabbi Greene and Cantor Kassel.
A Yahrzeit (Yiddish for "a year's time") is the anniversary of the death of a loved one. Every year it is Jewish custom (minhag) to light a special candle that burns for 24 hours, called a Yahrzeit candle. It is traditional to perform an act of tzedakah in memory of your loved one around the time of their Yahrtzeit. It is also traditional to recite Kaddish on a shabbat service closest to the yahrzeit. You can find special Yahrzeit readings here.