All in-person gatherings including those for the Sunday School and b’nei mitzvah program have been canceled for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. However, our program is still going strong, and our students are still completing their b’nei mitzvah projects and presenting them at First Friday Shabbat gatherings via Zoom. For more information about how you or your child can still work toward a meaningful ceremony, email


The JCS Bar/Bat Mitzvah program is a unique and meaningful experience for the young adult and their families. Candidates work very hard for two years to earn the privilege of becoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah. In addition to regular Sunday school studies, they prepare four major presentations based on community, historical, cultural and personal topics. These are presented at class meetings outside of regular class time. Students are also required to perform a minimum of 30 hours of community service, preferably in projects where they can see visible results of their endeavors.

Individual and group Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are open to the membership. They include talks by the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student, participation by the parents and community members, and lots of singing. The ceremony marks a meaningful transition from learning directed by others to self-direction in education as well as ethical thinking