What was your Bar Mitzvah like? Unfortunately for many people, their Bar Mitzvah experience is just a memory — a small, relatively insignificant step on the road to adulthood — with nothing of much significance carrying over into their adult lives.
The JRCC’s Bar Mitzvah programs aim to give children the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of this important Jewish right of passage. With a one year program of classes, events and social activities, Jewish young men and women are introduced to Jewish community, life and practice through an engaging program that they can be proud of and carry with them as they grow.
   "The importance of such a program for today’s youth cannot be overstated," explains Rabbi Shimon Cohen, who heads the JRCC @ Rockford Bar Mitzvah Club. "Young people are inundated with ideas from television and the internet that seek to define their identity and values. A proper Bar Mitzvah program shows adolescents how to develop a Jewish identity that is meaningful and relevant to their lives." 

It’s not just about a ceremony and a photo opportunity. A Bar Mitzvah is an auspicious time in the life of a young man or woman to really learn and grow Jewishly, to absorb the significance and values of what it means to be Jewish so that it can be carried over into their adult lives, their future families, and passed to the next generation. In fact, one of the fundamental goals of the JRCC’s Bar Mitzvah programs is to stem the tide of assimilation in our community by educating our youth and providing them with a forum through which they can meet one another. 

   Regardless of where your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration will take place, or what type of ceremony you envision, you are invited to discover what the JRCC’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs offer — and to share the gift of Jewish heritage with your child.

Discover what Bar Mitzvah is all about!
Learn to read the Torah! Join the Club!

The Bar Mitzvah programs offer both group settings and private one-on-one tutoring to prepare for reading the Torah and donning tefillin.
        The Bar Mitzvah programs are open to all, regardless of whether or not you will be celebrating your Bar Mitzvah at a JRCC synagogue.           

6 Bar Mitzvah Clubs

Day & Time


Branch & Director


10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

JRCC Hebrew School
360 Thomas Cook

JRCC S Richmond Hill
Rabbi Avrohom Zaltzman

416.222.7105 x 247 [email protected]

12:00 - 1:30 PM

18 Rockford Rd.

JRCC @ Rockford
Rabbi Shmuel Neft

416 222 7105 x 235
[email protected]

6:00 - 7:45 PM

Forest Run Public School
200 Forest Run Blvd.

JRCC Concord
Chaya Weinstein

416.222.7105 x 249
[email protected]

4:00-6:00 PM

1136 Centre St. Unit 2

JRCC West Thornhill
Rabbi Levi Jacobson

416.222.7105 x 240
[email protected]

6:00-7:45 PM

Beynon Fields Public School
258 Selwyn Road

North Richmond Hill
Ariel Zaltzman

416 222 7105 x 225
[email protected]

5:00-7:00 PM

7608 Yonge St., Unit 3

JRCC East Thornhill
Rabbi Mendel Zaltzman

416.222.7105 x 227
[email protected]

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Private preparatory lessons for Bar Mitzvah
Torah reading, Jewish basics, etc.
Call 416.222.7105 or your local JRCC Rabbi for more information