Covid-19 Update, as of December 27, 2021.

The Temple Emanuel COVID-19 Recovery Task Force consults with immunologist Dr. Steve Mizel and other medical professionals to develop our safety measures in response to COVID-19. Please note the following: Starting January 7, 2022, we will require a one-time proof of full vaccination (this includes the booster)—either your CDC vaccination card or a photo of the card—or a negative rapid test taken on the day of the event. We have reinstated mask-wearing at all temple events, inside the Education Building and administrative offices, and at all outdoor events when children are present. At Services, we welcome an unlimited number of fully-vaccinated Temple Emanuel members and visitors, but please be aware that physical distancing is required indoors. Pre-registration for Services is no longer required. You will still be able to join us virtually on LiveStream.

Questions, please contact our office at 336-722-6640 or by email.


B’nei Mitzvah Class

Becoming bar or bat mitzvah takes place at the age of thirteen and marks a degree of proficiency in Hebrew and in leading the service. It means that the young person has accepted responsibility for all the ethical mitzvot (commandments) found in the Torah and all of the ritual mitzvot that are personally meaningful within a liberal Jewish interpretation as found in our synagogue.

The student is led to understand that s/he is part of a vital link in an unbroken chain of Jewish men and women who have studied and cherished the Torah. The spiritual significance of aliyah leTorah (ascending to the reading and the blessings of the Torah) is emphasized along with a discussion of the content of the Torah and Haftarah portions. Children and parents are taught that instruction beyond bar/bat mitzvah and especially through Hebrew Chai is important and that Jewish education is a lifelong process.


We are proud of our unique b’nei mitzvah program. Our program contains many features that enable our youth to grow as both Jews and human beings. We are concerned not only with how much our students know, but also with how deeply they feel about what they have learned.

The bar/bat mitzvah at Temple Emanuel occurs following the thirteenth birthday for both boys and girls. The service takes place on Shabbat morning. Bar/bat mitzvah dates are assigned by the Ritual Committee. Students begin their formal preparation for their bar/bat mitzvah one year prior to the date of their bar/bat Mitzvah.

More Information

For more information, contact Rabbi Mark Cohn at (336) 722-6640 ext. 101 or our Religious School Director, Rebecca DePalma, at (336) 722-6640 ext. 102.

Download B’nei Mitzvah Guide

B’ nei Mitzvah Brit

B’ nei Mitzvah Date Setting Guidelines