A comprehensive list of important details in planning your child’s bar/bat mitzvah.
At Emanu-El, we strive to provide each family with a meaningful and personal Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. Each child at Temple Emanu-El has their own individual service, and we offer options to further personalize the ceremony.
For information about your child’s bar or bat mitzvah, start by contacting:
212-744-1400 ext. 315
You may call the Membership Office to schedule your service any time after the Labor Day when your child enters third grade. Select a prospective date and time, or have a few dates in mind if you are flexible. Consider recommendations from your child’s secular school; some schools may work to assure that students will not have conflicting service dates and times.
Shortly after selecting a date, you will receive a contract laying out the payment schedule and other details, as well as a document describing musical service options for the afternoon and evening services. Please return the signed contract along with a $1,000 booking fee within 30 days to officially secure your date and time.
Your child must be continuously enrolled in our Religious School in order to confirm and maintain a date.
The differences between morning and afternoon or evening services at Emanu-El:
(open to the community)
|10:30 AM||Fifth Avenue Sanctuary||Classical service|
(Includes choir and organ at no charge)
|Livestreaming/Video and video services included|
|Afternoon or Evening Service|
|12:30 PM or|
|Fifth Avenue Sanctuary or Beth-El Chapel||Contemporary and classical service options available depending on time and location (at an additional cost)||Livestream/Video available at an additional cost|
|Within 30 days of the booking date||$1,000 – Deposit returned with a signed contract|
|1 year prior to the scheduled date||$1,325 – Balance of Bar/Bat mitzvah fees billed
Consider whether you wish to host a Kiddush after your child’s ceremony (for morning/afternoon services only)
|3 months prior to the scheduled date||Balance of membership dues, Religious School tuition, and Bar/Bat mitzvah fees due
$450-$2,200 – Music package add-on fee billed (for afternoon/evening services only)
$400 – Livestream/video fee billed (for afternoon/evening services only)
|1 month prior to the scheduled date||Balance of music package and livestream/video fees due
Balance of Kiddush fees due
- Private tutoring begins 9 months before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and costs $100-$200 an hour.
- Your membership dues and all fees, including Religious School tuition, must be paid in full three months prior to the bar/bat mitzvah date.
- Any child who is becoming bar or bat mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El must be continuously enrolled in the Religious School in order to confirm and maintain a date.
- The Bar/Bat Mitzvah fee includes the Friday Night Oneg Shabbat reception, which follows the Friday Shabbat Service on the evening before your child becomes a bar or bat mitzvah. Your family will be honored at this service, and our clergy looks forward to celebrating with you then.
A date for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah service may now be scheduled beginning in 3rd grade.