Most Atlanta families are welcoming non-Jewish family members and, at the very least, school and/or work friends who don’t know about much the Bar or Bat Mitzvah service. They may have never set foot in a synagogue before! Here’s are some of the best tips we’ve heard for welcoming and including non-Jews into the experience.
What Happens at the B'Mitzvah Service? After years of study (NAME) will have the honor of helping to lead worship services for our congregation. (NAME) will read from the Torah and chant several prayers as part of the Shabbat (Sabbath) morning service. Some parts will be in Hebrew, but a lot will be in English, making it easy to follow along. There are a few times in the service when you will be asked to stand or sit as a sign of respect. Cell phones and all electronic devices should be silenced or turned off since they are not permitted to be used in our sanctuary.
What Should I Wear?
Girls: Dress or dressy outfit
Boys: Dress shirt and tie or sport jacket/suit
What Happens After the Service?
Include details here of your Kiddush luncheon or celebration plans, including pick up time for kids
Your relatives are coming! Receive them with a healthy helping of Southern charm.