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Got questions? 

Here are some Bar Mitzvah FAQs   

Q: What is a bar mitzvah?

A:   Bar (Bat) Mitzvah translates into "son (daughter) of the commandment", and represents the coming of age as a Jewish child becomes 13 years old. At his Bar Mitzvah, Miles will help lead the Sabbath service, give a few speeches, and read from the Torah scroll.  He has been working very hard for months (years, in fact!) in preparation for the big day!  It's a big deal for Miles, as well as for our extended family and community, and we are honored to share it with you.



Q:  I have never been to a Bar Mitzvah...What do I need to do for/know about the service at temple?

A:  Don't sweat it if you've never been to a bar mitzvah before. We are so thrilled to have you there to witness and share this special day for Miles and all who love him.  Beth Chaverim (which translates to "House of Friends") is a very welcoming place, and our Rabbi makes sure the service is easy for everyone to follow and understand.  Well.. you probably won't understand all the Hebrew... but there will be English text to follow for most of it!  

Services will begin promptly at 10am, and will last 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out (contact info below).


Q:  What will everyone be wearing?

A:  The family and many guests will be wearing suits, or shirts and ties, sport coats, and dresses.  There is no specific dress code that you have to adhere to, and jackets / ties or skirts are not required.  Just dress respectfully (like in whatever you would normally wear to church, perhaps?),  and you won't have to give it another thought.


Q: Do I have to wear one of those hats?

A:  The head covering that is traditionally worn by males (and sometimes females) is called a kippah (in Hebrew), or yarmulke (in Yiddish).  Wearing one is a sign of respect in the synagogue.  Men and boys are encouraged (but not required) to wear them during the service.  There will be some available at the service that are personalized for Miles's Bar Mitzvah, and that you may keep afterward.


Q:  My child is attending - do I just drop him/her off at the temple?

A:  Sure! You are welcome to stay for the service if you like, it is open to all.  But you are not obligated to  stay.  We can provide transportation for all unaccompanied kids to get from the temple to the party at 1757 Golf Club (just let us know if your child will need a ride when you RSVP, or a few days prior to the event).  Then you can pick them up at 1757 Golf Club at 4:30 p.m.  Please let your child know what to expect at the service, so they are comfortable.  And again - if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Q:  Where is it and how long will it last?

A:  Click here for all the details.


Q: How do I get there?

A:  Click here for directions

If you've got more questions, please email, text or call us!
Jodi:    703-989-1417    
Jonathan:     703-981-7695


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