The months that the student spends in concentrated study are celebrated in a Shabbat service in which the child reads from the Torah, presents a drash (teaching) to the community and participates in leading the congregation in prayer. The ceremony celebrates a Jewish young person’s becoming a contributing member of their family, spiritual community, and the Jewish people.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program includes:

• Classes of one- three students which support individualized learning as well as the development of personal relationships between students and teachers.
• One-on-one study with the teacher
• Family Workshops
• Family Chavurote
• Group Social Events
• Student and Family Involvement in Designing the Shabbat Service
• Staff support for designing and planning a Kiddush

Membership in Kehilla Community Synagogue and two years’ attendance in Kehilla School, level 5th & 6th grades, is a prerequisite to enrollment in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

For more information about Kehilla’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, please contact:

Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Director of Youth Programs   or   Natalie Boskin, Youth Programs Coordinator
Phone 510.547.2424 x105                                                    Phone: 510. 547.2424 x 107
Email                           Email:

All Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend. You can find the dates on the Kehilla calendar.