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Receiving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Date


One magical spring day, you will go to your mailbox and find an exciting letter from Washington Hebrew Congregation informing you of your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah date!

We understand that it can be agonizing waiting for your child’s date, which is why we send all dates out at one time for the year of your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  

But why wait to celebrate? Receiving your Bar/Bat Mitzvah date means that your child will now officially begin his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparations. S/he has fulfilled the requirements necessary to receive the date and is now ready to begin the studies that will lead to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There are many things you can do to commemorate this wonderful day. Celebrating this week’s Shabbat with a special family dinner followed by going to services together would be appropriate. You could even take some time on Shabbat to find your child’s Torah portion and begin discussing its teachings. There are many wonderful ways in which to recognize this occasion, and we hope that your celebration will be something you will always remember.       

While some people will begin to focus more on the social side of this momentous occasion, we urge you to spend as much time on the importance of the passage your child will make during his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We know you have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We wish you a hearty mazel tov and look forward to preparing and celebrating this important milestone with you and your family!