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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families

We’ve compiled the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families as a way to help interfaith families navigate the process of planning a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah ceremony and celebration. Girl Reading Torah with her parentsIt includes detailed information about what takes place at a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah as well as information on ways a child’s interfaith family can participate in the celebrations, and possible limitations on participation in some synagogues.

The resource is divided into sections addressing different aspects of the bar/bat mitzvah process, and ends with specific suggestions for rituals, excerpts to include in a bar/bat mitzvah supplement and recommended books.

Introduction to Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs

What’s Permitted and What’s Not

Ways the Child May Participate in the Ceremony

Ways the Family May Participate in the Ceremony

Ways the Child Participates Before the Ceremony: Community Service

Ways the Child Participates Before the Ceremony: Study

Ways to Include Your Child’s Interfaith Heritage at the Celebration

Educating Your Non-Jewish Audience

Other Tips for Before the Ceremony

Sample Explanation of Bar/Bat Mitzvah #1

Sample Explanation of Bar/Bat Mitzvah #2

Sample Etiquette Guide for Guests

Sample Program

Sample Guide to Sanctuary and Customs #1

Sample Guide to Sanctuary and Customs #2

Sample Frequently Asked Questions

Sample Guide to Service

Sample Candlelighting Ceremony Introduction

Sample Candlelighting Ceremony

Recommended Books

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families is also available as a PDF document.

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Author: 18Doors

18Doors is here to support interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship provides offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have questions, please contact info@18doors.org.


18Doors

18Doors is here to support interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship provides offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have questions, please contact info@18doors.org.