he act of performing a mitzvah is more than undertaking a “good deed.” It is a responsibility one takes on as a Jewish adult. As such, it is a building block of Jewish society. By taking on this obligation with other like-minded individuals, we build caring and resilient communities.
We are called both as individuals and as a people to this eternal and sacred task of tikkun olam, working to make the world a better place for ourselves and for those who will come after us.
It is only natural that as a child prepares to become a bar or bat mitzvah, the process heightens a family’s commitment to this responsibility. At Congregation Emanu-El, we encourage students and their families to join with other members of our community to engage in the doing of mitzvot through any or all of these routes:
- As a family, join with other families on “Mitzvah Day” or at other times throughout the year. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Temple Emanu-El » OR Download our guide to bar/bat mitzvah projects »
- Seventh and eighth graders are invited to be part of our Mitzvah Corps community. Students study the Jewish texts that for thousands of years have inspired our people to justice and compassion and then put those studies into action through hands-on volunteer experiences at six different local organizations. Read reflections from program participants. »
- Through the “Give a Mitzvah, Do a Mitzvah” program of the UJA-Federation, families are able to develop personal, independent projects. Learn more about this program. »
- Our clergy will be glad to help your family incorporate a social-justice component into your celebration or provide suggestions for volunteering as a family. Please feel free to ask the rabbi who will officiate at your child’s bar or bat mitzvah ceremony. Contact our clergy. »
Back to Bar & Bat Mitzvah Program