Bnei Mitzvah@PAS


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

At Park Avenue Synagogue, we believe that Bar and Bat 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 Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony is an important one, and we fill it with education, skill-building, questioning, guidance and relationship building.

We encourage each student to view their B'nei Mitzvah journey through this pillared lens:

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 believe that every child is unique. Because very child has his or her own gifts and way of learning, we tailor teaching to meet the needs of every student. In addition, through our Matan program, we work with students with special needs to create a learning program and service that is the right fit for them.

We look forward to celebrating with you. Mazal Tov!

To download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook 5777/2016-2017, see attachment below.

Bnei Mitzvah Transition FAQs

Rabbi Rachel Salston
Ritual Director
212-369-2600, ext. 102