4th of Cheshvan, 5777
November 5th, 2016 ~ Sarasota, FL
Our B'not Mitzvah
It Is With Great Joy That
We Invite You to Celebrate With Us as
Danielle Ashley and Jayme Sarah
Are Called to the Torah as
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at 5:00 pm
We Look Forward to Sharing this
Special Occasion With You at
In Sarasota, Florida
Dinner and Dancing to Follow at
Michaels on East
- Wendy and Jeff
Please RSVP Below by October 1st
The Significance of the Ceremony
What is a B'not Mitzvah???
To become a bar or bat mitzvah in Jewish tradition means to reach the age of majority. The Mishnah declares that at age 13 a boy becomes responsible for the commandments. The Talmud would later state that girls become responsible at age 12. Today, we regard girls and boys equally and set the age of majority for both at 13. The Hebrew phrase bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah refers to the child who comes of age; it means literally “a person of the commandments.” B'not Mitzvah is the plural, and recognizes our girls accepting the commandments together.
Since the time that the Temple stood in Jerusalem, the occasion of becoming bar mitzvah has included special ceremony and blessing. In recent centuries, the occasion was marked by the child reciting the blessings over the Torah or reading the Haftarah portion in the regular worship ceremony in the synagogue. The purpose of these rituals was formally to announce the majority status of the new adult. Since children were forbidden to perform these synagogue rites, the fact that the bar mitzvah was doing it was a signal that he had now attained the age of 13. Today, the ceremony is more extensive as the ritual takes on a second significance – the ceremony marks the culmination of the study of Hebrew and prayer and it expresses a connection to Torah and inspiration for continued study and commitment to Judaism. Our B'not Mitzvah lead the entire service, read the Hebrew prayers, chant the Torah portion, recite the Haftarah portion, and deliver a sermon based on the message of the Torah portion. The ceremony is a formal demonstration of their learning and their competence of basic Jewish liturgical skills. It is a chance for the community to take pride in the child for not only attaining a certain age, but achieving a certain goal.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
B'not Mitzvah Service: 5:00pm
Parents Can Drop off Kids at Temple Emanu-El
and can pick them up at Michael's around 10:45pm
We will have transportation between Venues
151 McIntosh Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 map
Michael's On East
1212 East Ave. S
Sarasota, FL 34239 map
WHAT TO WEAR
The proper attire is Dress to Impress !! Gents - this means above Jeans and below a suit. Ladies - A fun Party Dress. Wear your best party clothes and add some white to your outfit for some extra surprise fun! We will Eat, Dance, Drink (soda for Kids) and Celebrate. Ties will be cut off at the door, wear shoes made for dancing, or Party Socks will be available !!!
In recent years, many synagogues and families have encouraged bar/bat mitzvah candidates to do “tzedakah (social action) projects” as part of their bar/bat mitzvah preparations. This tradition helps promote the idea that the mitzvot (commandments) to which they will exposed to involve not only Jewish ritual but also social action.
For my mitzvah project I am volunteering at Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson Pavillion, where my Great-Grandmother once was a resident.
KAB provides assistance, nursing, memory care and rehabilitation in a Jewish environment. Specifically, I am working at Anchin in their Memory Care Unit helping with everyday tasks and activities. I help encourage the residents to participate in the activities and escort them to and from their rooms.
I have chosen this as my Mitzvah Project because I have always connected with and enjoyed spending time with people from earlier generations. For more info on Kobernick please visit their website at www.kobernickanchin.org.
For my mitzvah project, I have chosen to work with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides breast cancer walk.
I am volunteering with the organization and participating at one of the events.
I have chosen to do this because my grandmother, Phyllis Grocoff (Bubby), is a survivor of breast cancer.
If you would like to walk with me or support me, please visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/bubbysbabes
By October 1st, 2016
WE'RE SO EXCITED
TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU
We have chosen to go paperless with our
Invitations because of our concern for the
environment. We will be planting trees in Israel in Honor of our Family & Friends helping to celebrate our B'not Mitzvah.