The rabbis teach that Torah was given down in fire, and in fire it is to be transmitted. During our B’nei Mitzvah Program we try to recapture the intensity of that fire, and to strive to understand what message the Torah has for us today. We teach our students to question, to wrestle, and to fall in love with Torah, finding their own voices among the rabbis of our tradition. The process of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah requires years of study and practice. Yet, Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an age, not an event. It is a status that you achieve by becoming thirteen. Here at Shomrei Torah we encourage our B’nei Mitzvah students to lead a service, study and teach Torah, and participate in a mitzvah project. Our hope is that through this process your entire family feels embraced by our temple community. It is a privilege and joy for our Rabbis and tutors to be able to spend this private time with you, and to share in this life cycle event. May it be filled with blessings and love, a sense of accomplishment and pride, and a beginning to many a lifelong engagement with Jewish learning.