Do you have a son, daughter, or grandchild who is of B-Mitzvah age, but isn’t affiliated with a synagogue, possibly because there’s so much “bureaucracy” around the ritual and Jewish coming-of-age ceremony?
Then, you’ve come to the right place.
Oh, you might be wondering why we call it “B-Mitzvah” instead of the more traditional “Bar or Bat”? Well, for one, it looks better and crisper than writing “Bar/Bat.”
But the real reason is that we are an egalitarian shul in which all are welcome, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Some identify as a “man” or a “woman” in the traditional hetero normative sense, while some identify in other ways.
“B-Mitzvah” is a term that celebrates all.
At CBI, as long as a parent or grandparent is a member, a B-Mitzvah candidate is eligible to study with Rabbi Abe, to have him officiate at the ceremony, and to use the CBI sanctuary for that purpose. All we need is dedication and the application of your child. We don’t feel any child should be forced to have a B-Mitzvah, but, instead, with the right guidance, we believe they’ll want to commemorate this beautiful Jewish celebration in their own way.
Rabbi Abe is an excellent educator and knows how to relate to children on their level. With many years of experience in the field, he will show your child why it’s important to mark the day and teach them the material they will need to accomplish this goal.
Please reach out to Rabbi Abe if you’d like to learn more about our B-mitzvah program.