Bar and Bat Mitzvah

No child needs to ‘have’ a bar or bat miztvah. They simply become bar or bat (son or daughter of the commandment’) on reaching Jewish adulthood, which in the progressive world is at 13 for both boys and girls.

Children who become bar or bat miztvah at our Kehillah have either grown up in our cheder or joined us and attended regularly for a minimum of two years. The Big Day is booked around 12-18 months in advance, and is chosen either because it falls on the Shabbat after their 13th because the Torah portion or time of year has a special meaning for them. The young person will usually be able to read Hebrew before they start the process, but some have not yet begun. All of them manage to learn!

Continuing to attend cheder, they with a tutor (who we recommend) either once a week or once a fortnight for nine months before the Big day, learning to read their Torah portion both with and without vowels, and exploring what it means. Around 12 weeks before the day itself they begin a series of sessions with Rabbi Shulamit, who will help them to write an in depth analysis/speech called a D’var Torah, rehearse their Torah reading and work on their public speaking skills.

As a family you will choose how to involve your family members and our rabbi will guide you on roles for Jewish and non-Jewish relatives in the service.

Bar or bat mitzvah is a profound experience, for the young person and their families, and for a small community like us, every single one is treasured and makes an impact.

Where we are

Services are held at: 

The New Community Rooms, Spensley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES.

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A Prayer for London

Eternal God, now more than ever do we understand that everyone of us is connected, none of us is alone. None of us untouched by the suffering in our city, in London. Our ears are filled with the sounds of sirens, our eyes and minds are full of the sight of terrible terrible suffering. None of us is left untouched. We think of those who lost their lives in Grenfell tower. They and their families are like us and our grandparents and parents. They came here for a better life and a life of peace. We think about the terrible wounds, and the terrible deaths of those in Borough Market and London Bridge, and Westminster, and now outside the Finsbury Park Mosque and we search for the courage it takes to carry on. To live with such loss and such pain. Give us the courage to fight for what is right, and the gentleness to be open to our grief, and let every scar that we Londoners must bear, be one day part of what will make us strong, and let us say, amen.

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Kehillah North London
(Formerly North London Progressive Jewish Community)

71-75 Shelton Street 
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9JQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 8123 5752
Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu: 020 7403 3779

Registered United Kingdom charity no.1097713

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