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Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Information and Procedure for Scheduling Dates

All candidates must meet the following eligibility standards:

  1. The family MUST be FULL members of Mosaic Law Congregation. Only FULL members may schedule Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates.
  2. The candidate must be currently enrolled in either Mosaic Law Congregation’s Religious School or Shalom School.
  3. The candidate must meet the Jewish education requirement of five (5) consecutive years of formal Jewish study through the school year of the candidate’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.


Two years before the child’s thirteenth year of life, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah scheduling meeting will be held to schedule all Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates for said year. A letter will be sent to the parents with the available dates on attached pages. At our meeting we will select final dates based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates will be given first preference of the Shabbat immediately following their Hebrew birthday. We will begin with January birthdays and follow in chronological order. If a family decides not to choose the first available Shabbat following their child’s thirteenth Hebrew birthday, that family must “pass” and we will come back to them after all students have been given the opportunity to select the first available Shabbat immediately after their thirteenth Hebrew birthday.
  • Once all of the students have been given their first preference, we will then return to those who “passed” from previous months. Beginning with those who “passed” we will go through the months until we have completed the selection of all dates.
  • Please note that Jewish law indicates that girls come of age at twelve years and a day, while boys come of age at thirteen. We have established the policy here at Mosaic Law of Bar and Bat Mitzvah at age thirteen. We will allow some flexibility for girls to schedule a date prior to their 13th Hebrew birthday, if there is a compelling reason. Rabbi Moses will be the final authority regarding all dates.
  • You should review the content and length of the Torah and Haftarah portions before you make your selections. We will make every attempt to be flexible in matching your child’s portion with his/her ability. The length of the reading should not be a deterrent to choosing the most appropriate date. Some families may find special meaning or significance in a particular section of the Torah and request that date.
  • In the event of a dispute, the decision of the Rabbi is final.
  • Very Important: If parents are unable to attend the scheduling meeting, you must submit in writing your three choices of dates ranked in order of preference, no later than the deadline established in the scheduling letter. We will not be able to schedule a date for those who do not participate in the process either in person or in writing.
Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyyar 5782