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Bar- en Batmitswa

Congratulations! An important event in life is about to happen!

Judaism has a special milestone in the life of a growing child: reaching Jewish adulthood. A girl becomes an adult or bat mitzvah at the age of 12, while a boy reaches the moment of bar mitzvah on his 13th birthday. This event is celebrated on a Shabbat close to the child's Jewish birthdate.

The celebration of bar or bat mitzvah involves festivities, but the ceremony also holds deep spiritual and religious significance. Both boys and girls, in their Jewish upbringing, work towards the day when they demonstrate their adulthood to their family and the community, and participate as Jewish adults in the synagogue community.

At NIHS Brabant - Jewish Community Eindhoven, different traditions apply to boys and girls. Boys recite from the Torah in the synagogue on Shabbat morning, demonstrating their ability to fulfill their religious duties as adults. Girls, for example, may choose to light candles at home on Friday evening or deliver a brief reading on a religious text during the kiddush on Shabbat morning in the synagogue.

The synagogue service marks the end of a learning process that spans several years. Rabbi Simcha Steinberg is available to provide advice on the process leading up to the ceremony and all aspects of the ceremony itself, including traditions, festivities, and practical details. You can consult with him regarding the teacher for your son or daughter, the suitable synagogue, and the rabbi who will guide your child to this significant day.

After the synagogue service, it's time to celebrate! The Jewish Community will gladly provide information about venue rental and catering options. You can contact us for more details.

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