Bnei Mitzvah@PAS

 “The world rests on three things: Torah – study, Avodah – prayer, and G’milut Hasadim – acts of lovingkindness.” 
                                                                           - Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers

 At Park Avenue Synagogue, we believe that Bnei Mitzvah ceremonies are milestones on a long and fruitful Jewish journey, a celebration of transition, accomplishment, responsibility, and learning. The year leading up to the Bnei Mitzvah ceremony is an important one, and we fill it with education, skill-building, questioning, guidance, and relationship building.

In line with the wisdom of Pirkei Avot, we encourage each student to view their Bnei Mitzvah journey as resting on three pillars:

Torah – Reading Torah and Haftarah,and delivering a d’var Torah, words of Torah, to the congregation
Avodah – Leading prayers and participating in Jewish ritual
G’milut Hasadim – Undertaking a mitzvah project

To prepare for their simcha – their ceremony and celebration – students participate in trope class, one-on-one tutoring, family programs, and meetings with the clergy. Our team of excellent teachers, tutors, clergy, and staff are here for our families every step of the way.

At Park Avenue Synagogue, we recognize that every child has unique gifts and an individual way of learning, so we tailor teaching to meet the needs of every student. In addition, through our Matan program, we work with students who have special needs to create a learning program and service that is right for them.

We look forward to celebrating with you. Mazal Tov!

Download the Bnei Mitzvah Handbook 5780/2019-2020.

Bnei Mitzvah Transition FAQs

Allen Paisner
Ritual Coordinator
212-369-2600, ext. 102