B’nai Mitzvah FAQ's

When will I receive my child’s B’nai Mitzvah date?  Lakeside Congregation assigns B’nai Mitzvah dates in accordance with the North Shore Chavurah of Rabbis. B’nai Mitzvah dates will be assigned to all B’nai Mitzvah students in 4th Grade and given out in May of that year.

Will my child have his/her own B’nai Mitzvah service or will we be sharing with another family?  We feel that each B'nai Mitzvah student has worked hard and deserves his or her own special time on the Bimah. Each B'nai Mitzvah service is uniquely designed to suit the needs and capabilities of the student. Rabbi Serotta leads every service and families are never asked to "double up." However, if you would like to share your child’s B’nai Mitzvah service with another family, you are more than welcome to do so. We will work with you to make this simcha a day to remember.

My child has special needs, learning issues, and/or an IEP. Can he/she have a B’nai Mitzvah As mentioned above, every B'nai Mitzvah service is uniquely designed to fit the needs and capabilities of the student. The Rabbi, Cantor, and Hebrew tutors will work with you design a service that suits your child and will make sure that you child is comfortable learning the appropriate blessings. We encourage you to schedule a meeting with the Rabbi several years in advance of your child’s B’nai Mitzvah to set a plan in motion

When will my child’s B'nai Mitzvah be held?  B’nai Mitzvah are typically scheduled during the school year between the months of September and June. Shabbat morning T’filot begin at 10:30 a.m.

Are there any eligibility requirements in order to receive a date?  B’nai Mitzvah families must be members of Lakeside Congregation and the B’nai Mitzvah student must be enrolled in the 7th grade program. A B’nai Mitzvah date will be assigned only if a family is in good financial standing with the Congregation. Contact our Associate Executive Director to make sure you are up to date with your account (dues, tuition, etc.) as well as your B’nai Mitzvah fees.

What is the scheduling process and what do I need to do? Once a B’nai Mitzvah student has entered 6th grade, he or she will need to start scheduling one-on-one tutoring sessions with our B’nai Mitzvah tutor, Rabbi and/or Cantor. B’nai Mitzvah students will learn to chant blessings, Torah and Haftarah portions. During the course of study, students and families will meet with these individuals to discuss the B’nai Mitzvah process and the service itself. The Lakeside Office will contact each family roughly eight months in advance to start scheduling these appointments. 

When does the Chevruta Class meet? B’nai Mitzvah students have a choice of when to attend the Chevruta Class. The class meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:15pm (directly before Hebrew School) and on Sundays from 9:00 - 9:45am (directly before Sunday School). Students must only attend the program once a week. If a B’nai Mitzvah student wishes to attend Chevruta Class twice a week, they are more than welcome to do so. Please note that Chevruta Class only meets when Religious School is in session.

Are there guidelines for the Mitzvah Project? In our community, social justice is an important guiding value and we hope that your mitzvah project is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to making our world a better place. While there are no specific guidelines for the mitzvah project, we hope that each family will make this a sepcial part of the process in their own, unique way. 

What if I still have additional questions?  If for some reason you did not receive certain information or if you feel any confusion regarding the details of the B’nai Mitzvah process, please do not hesitate to contact the Lakeside Office at (847) 432-7950. You can also review Lakeside’s B’nai Mitzvah Policies by clicking here.