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Bar/Bat Mitzvah



Mitzvah Ceremonies

DUGMAH believes a Bar/Bat Mitzvah should be individually curated to embrace the spirit of the participant and allow them to shine as the unique person they are!


We incorporate the family’s traditions, practices and the desires of the young adult into a ceremony that truly celebrates their connection to the larger Jewish community. 

Regardless of prior Jewish education, our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are prepared to participate in their ceremony in any number of ways, including:

  • Leading the service from opening prayer to closing prayer

  • Delivering a “D’var Torah” – also known as their B’nai Mitzvah speech

  • Chanting from the Torah

  • Singing traditional blessings 

  • Reciting personalized readings

  • Showcasing individual talents (i.e., vocals, musical instruments, drawing, photography, poetry)

Our officiants may be joined by a Cantorial Soloist and band if the family desires a musically vibrant event.


DUGMAH officiates Bar/Bat Mitzvahs for students ages 12+ AND adults. 

Path of Study


B’nai Mitzvah students work 1-on-1 with a DUGMAH Mentor on a weekly basis, in-home or virtually, to prepare for their ceremony.  Study begins by exploring what a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is and defining what it will mean to the individual participant.  Often, children are told that the event represents the point where they become Jewish “adults” and take on greater responsibility.  While there is truth to that, it is meaningless without context and personalization.  We spend a great deal of time discussing and identifying what becoming a “Jewish Adult” means to the larger Jewish community and to the individual student.  Some of the topics include:

  • What are ones ethical responsibilities as a Jew?

  • Understanding and exploring personal moral accountability through a Jewish lens.

  • How do you represent yourself, your family and the Jewish community in a larger context?

  • Learning how to participate and feel comfortable at a Jewish service.

  • What is involved in leading a religious service, putting on as tallit, reading from the Torah, and being counted as an adult during prayer services.

  • Why do we say the prayers that we do, such as the “Shema”? And, what is their meaning and why might we care?

DUGMAH mentors work with student to develop their connection to Jewish identity in addition to traditional preparation of learning prayers, songs, and torah portions.  


​Individually Curated Prayerbooks

Once we understand the needs of the family, we build a customized prayerbook, a “siddur,” that will be used on the day of the celebration.

This memento, which can be provided to each guest, incorporates traditional Jewish prayers with music and readings. All content for the prayerbook is selected in consultation with the family to reflect their values and tone for the event. Prayerbooks may include:

  • Prayers in English, Hebrew and Transliteration

  • Personalized Readings for family/friends to participate in the ceremony

  • Songs and Music

  • Personalized Cover Art Design

  • Photographs of the Child and Family  

  • Decorational Binding

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