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. It 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 Guide to Sanctuary and Customs #1
Sample Guide to Sanctuary and Customs #2
Sample Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Candlelighting Ceremony Introduction
Sample Candlelighting Ceremony
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families is also available as a PDF document.