The days and years leading up to a child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah can be some of the most exciting times for families.  The leadership of Sha'arey Shalom shares the joyful anticipation of each particular family and does everything possible to ensure that when a child is called to the Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, it will be a joyous and meaningful milestone, bringing to each student a sense of fulfillment and pride.

Hallmarks of a personalized Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Sha'arey Shalom include:

Bar and Bat Mitzvah literally means "Son and Daughter of the Commandment".  Throughout most of Jewish history, it has represented a ceremonial recognition that a young person has accepted responsibility for the observance of mitzvot and for the well being of our people. The Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony, however, is not the ultimate stage in Jewish learning.  We at Sha'arey Shalom are committed to educating our students through the tenth grade, when Confirmation class is held; and, beyond Confirmation, we encourage every member to participate in adult education. Lifelong study is the natural complement to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.