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Washington Hebrew Congregation
Address: 3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016


Washington Hebrew Congregation is honored to guide, celebrate, and support our members at every stage of their lives. Whether you are welcoming a new member of your family, accompanying children on their journey through Jewish education, marking their passage to adulthood, exploring the possibility of becoming Jewish, facing illness and end-of-life issues, or celebrating other religious and secular milestones, our clergy and staff ensure that each family is guided through a meaningful engagement with Jewish tradition and surrounded by a caring community.
The B'nei Mitzvah service is so spiritually fulfilling. It symbolizes your teenager's transformation from child to adult in the eyes of our faith. When B'nei Mitzvah recite the blessings over the Torah, they are affirming that they are old enough to be responsible for all that is being passed to them - our traditions, rituals, teachings, and culture - and that they will uphold and, in turn, pass all of them to the next generation. This moment is celebrated at Washington Hebrew when a young person reads from the Torah for the first time publicly during Shabbat services on a Saturday morning or evening. The B'nei Mitzvah also lead some of the prayers, read from the Haftarah (the books of the Prophets), and share their thoughts regarding the Torah portion and its connection to our lives through a d'var Torah (words of Torah). This is truly a Shehechiyanu moment! Mazel tov!
A Brief History of the B'nei Mitzvah

The ceremony around becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is relatively recent in Jewish history. While in the Talmud the phrase bar mitzvah is used to indicate a boy reaching majority age, it is not until around the 15th century that a ceremony took place in the synagogue to celebrate such an event.

B'NEI MITZVAH
Mazel tov to you and your new teenager! We take special pride when our young people embrace Torah as their own and become Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Temple.


About the Service

The B'nei Mitzvah service is so spiritually fulfilling. It symbolizes your teenager's transformation from child to adult in the eyes of our faith. When B'nei Mitzvah recite the blessings over the Torah, they are affirming that they are old enough to be responsible for all that is being passed to them - our traditions, rituals, teachings, and culture - and that they will uphold and, in turn, pass all of them to the next generation. This moment is celebrated at Washington Hebrew when a young person reads from the Torah for the first time publicly during Shabbat services on a Saturday morning or evening. The B'nei Mitzvah also lead some of the prayers, read from the Haftarah (the books of the Prophets), and share their thoughts regarding the Torah portion and its connection to our lives through a d'var Torah (words of Torah). This is truly aShehechiyanu moment! Mazel tov!

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