Prepare the whole family to celebrate your 12- or 13-year-old’s entry into adulthood: their b’nai mitzvah!
Come for the rite of passage;
stay for the endless array of ways to celebrate with your jkids!
Everything you wanted to know about b’nai mitzvot — and more!
So what exactly do we call this ritual? Bat Mitzvah, or “daughter of the commandment,” is for girls, while Bar Mitzvah, or “son of the commandment,” is for boys. B’nai Mitzvah, or “children of the commandment” and BMitzvah can be used for groups of people (e.g. twins), trans and gender-nonconforming tweens, or anyone looking for a more gender-inclusive option. No matter what you call it, the importance and excitement are the same!
- Find out the age requirements for a b’nai mitzvah.
- Learn about the first bat mitzvah, in 1922!
- 18Doors’s b’nai mitzvah resources can help interfaith families navigate this ritual.
- Visit URJ’s b’nai mitzvah guide to learn the basics from a Reform perspective.
- Want to add more to your b’nai mitzvah? Check out RitualWell’s selection!
- Learn about mitzvah projects and start thinking of your own!
Videos for all ages
- What should you expect at a b’nai mitzvah? Learn here!
- Follow one boy’s preparations for his bar mitzvah with this BBC special.
There’s nothing like a PJ Library book!
- Join Sammy Spider at his first b’nai mitzvah, and download the reading guide for more learning!
- These middle grade books help prepare older kids for their b’nai mitzvah.