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What is a “B-Mitzvah”?

B-mitzvah is the catch-all phrase to refer to everyone going through this significant Jewish milestone. Boys are typically referred to as a bar mitzvah (son of the commandments) and girls are called bat mitzvah (daughter of the commandments). Non-binary, agender and gender-queer folks who use they/them pronouns may opt to be called b’nai mitzvah (the Hebrew equivalent of they/them language). You can also just go with b-mitzvah if that feels right too! There are so many options, just speak to the clergy to explore further and find the designation that works best for you!

What does B-Mitzvah look like at Woodlands?

Becoming B-Mitzvah** is not about fulfilling requirements of study or reaching a single day. It is about becoming a well-rounded young adult who loves being Jewish and will carry on Jewish traditions long past the age of 13. At Woodlands, becoming a B-Mitzvah does not mean that you have reached the end of a process, but that you are just beginning a rich Jewish life.

It takes a lot of work to become a B-Mitzvah at Woodlands. You not only learn Hebrew, study Torah, and learn the prayers, but you become well-versed in Judaism’s ideas about life. Tzedakah (doing the right thing), tikkun olam (fixing the world), and gemilut hasadim (acts of goodness and caring) are just a few of the ideas you will learn in religious school. Students are supported by our clergy, tutors, a full-time youth director, their peers, everyone we have.

The family is involved every step of the way. Students attend Shabbat services with their parents, help usher a few Shabbat morning services, and take some important preparation classes with their parents. This is not a singular path.

Our 7th-grade students participate in a Torah learning seminar with our rabbi. Parents attend, but they only listen—and they love doing so, as they witness their children engaging in meaningful and very Jewish dialogue with their rabbi. On the morning that they become B-Mitzvah, just before the community's celebration of Shabbat, these children join with their parents in the rabbi's study for a special family blessing.

At Woodlands, becoming a B-Mitzvah is not about reaching a day. It’s about becoming part of Jewish tradition—and then about getting ready for Confirmation and deeper Jewish studies through high school.

Bimah Baskets

Consider using our Bimah Baskets for your event. Decorated basket arrangements for the Bimah and table centerpieces help the environment by reusing empty food boxes and eliminating the waste produced by cut floral arrangements. A suggested donation to WCT’s Hunger Fund will help shelters buy the food they need, raise awareness about food insecurity, and save you on the cost of your event. Please click here for more information.

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