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Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

The celebration of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an important event in the coming of age of a child.
Please click here to access our Bar & Bat Mitzvah policy
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is more than just a ceremony or a day’s celebration. Primarily the Bar and Bat Mitzvah is to prepare our children for the responsibilities of being a Jewish adult. 
Please click here for the costs of holding a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Kiddush at the ACTJC.
There will be additional costs for wait staff ($45/hr with a minimum of 3 hours) and security staff (approx $50/hr).
These costs may vary and depend on the number of guests.
We commence our Bar and Bat Mitzvah program in February for children who will be celebrating their Bar or Bat mitzvah in that year. 

The program may include:

A monthly father/son, mother/daughter program for an hour and a half (other role models may join such as grandparents, aunts and uncles).
A monthly joint program with the child for an hour and a half during Cheder.
A project to be completed during the year.
A chessed/charity project to be presented at the end of the year.
Meetings with the Rabbi or teacher to prepare the drasha.
Attendance at two shabbatons during the year.
The above is in addition to the training your child will need to undertake  for the actual Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony. 
Please complete the webform below to register for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.


Please advise if you know, otherwise you can discuss with Rabbi at your meeting

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Matan Bat Mitzvah Program

What is it? 

The Matan program consists of ten 2-hour sessions during which mothers and daughters study relevant Jewish sources in chavruta (as study partners).
The program is centred around the theme “Jewish Women Through the Ages” and focuses on the following Jewish role models:
Dona Gracia
Nechama Leibowitz & Rabbanit Bracha Kapach
Bessie Gotsfeld & Avital Sharansky.
These women embody positive attributes and values from which the girls can learn. Mothers and daughters are able to appreciate the uniqueness of these women’s lives in relation not only to the period in which they lived, but to modern times as well. The aim is to see how we, as Jewish women, are part of a chain across the generations, and how the Bat Mitzvah can serve as a bridge connecting the young girl to Jewish continuity.
At the end of the Program, each girl is encouraged to prepare a special project selecting a woman from tanach or history, a family member or any other inspiring woman to serve as the basis for her Bat Mitzvah drasha. 
The program of course is irrespective of whether the girl will actually have a small, large or no ceremony in shul at all.  However, traditionally, we have celebrated the girls’ “graduation” from the program with a community lunch where the girls each present their project.  

How does it work? 

In the past, one of the mothers participating in the Program has “run the program”.  This means, getting everyone together for 10 classes spread out through the year; ensuring all the materials for each lesson are ready (the Program provides instructions for each class).  It is not terribly onerous.  
For more information, please contact President Veronica at or the office (
Wed, 8 December 2021 4 Tevet 5782