B’nai Mitzvah preparation includes:
-Education through The Emanuel Religious School
-Family programs for adults & children to participate together
-Shabbat service participation
-Individual coaching from Hazzan Cohn, Rabbi Small & Ritual Director Moshe Pinchover
-Group B’nai Mitzvah classes designed to prepare and challenge students, while promoting group spirit
-Opportunities based on student ability, such as: reading Torah, chanting Haftarah, leading prayers, and composing an original Torah portion presentation
Please review BNAI-MITZVAH-FAMILY-GUIDE-2018-updated for more details
B’nai Mitzvah Project:
For ideas on planning a tikkun olam (repair the world) B’nai Mitzvah project, download the 2018 Mitzvah Project Appendix
We greatly appreciate the role of a non-Jewish partner in supporting his or her child’s Jewish education, and afford them full access to synagogue resources so they may hold a significant role in the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. To become a B’nai Mitzvah at The Emanuel, children must have a Jewish mother or have had a traditional conversion. Consult with Rabbi Small to answer any questions about the conversion.
B’nai Mitzvah dates are given out 2-3 years in advance. Special date requests must be made in writing to Hazzan Cohn.
CONTACT: Hazzan Sanford Cohn (for Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates, lessons and family participation in the service), Email (860) 236-1275,
Rabbi David Small (for Dvar Torah and other concerns), Email, (860) 236-1275.