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Virtual B'nai Mitzvah Experience


Welcome to PJTC's Virtual B'nai Mitzvah Experience! During this time of social distancing, we are still happily coming together to celebrate our youth members becoming a Bar and Bat Mitzvah in a virtual setting. Yes, it is definitely different than you have experienced before or may have imagined for your friends and family. However, we have crafted a new experience that can bring our community together with joy, fulfill the rich traditions of a B'nai Mitzvah, and take advantage of all of the new benefits an online event has to offer.




The Bat Mitzvah of Syndey Chavira

Friday Night Service: October 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM  |  Saturday Morning Service: October 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM

The Bat Mitzvah of Eli Axel

Friday Night Service: October 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM  |  Saturday Morning Service: October 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Zoom Details: Provided via email to PJTC members and Sydney / Eli's family & friends. Below is guidance on joining us for our virtual B'nai Mitzvah, to help our families and community get the most out of each event.



While our Shabbat services are normally live streamed via StreamSpot, Facebook and YouTube, our special B'nai Mitzvah Shabbat services are also accessible via Zoom, to offer a more intimate, communal experience.

To join via Zoom, you can use the Zoom app or connect through your computer's internet browser with the meeting URL, provided either to guests of the family or to members via PJTC's weekly email update.

If you will be joining using the Zoom app, it is recommended that you download the Zoom app to your device (computer, tablet or smart phone) and set it up BEFORE the event.

Each B'nai Mitzvah will have it's own Meeting Code and Password, as well as a Direct Link, which will be shared at the top of this page for any upcoming B'nai Mitvah. You can either click on the Direct Link (which contains passcode access), or you can enter the Meeting Code and Password when you enter the Zoom app or website in your internet browser and click "JOIN."

If you do not have a computer, tablet or smart phone accessible, you can also join the service (voice only) by dialing in with any phone. Simply dial (669) 900-6833 from the United States and, when prompted, enter the Meeting Code and the Password. For technical assistance with dialing in to Zoom, call or text the GatheringUs Support Hotline at (240) 608-6037.

If you are not a PJTC member or guest of the B'nai Mitzvah family, or if you are simply more comfortable with our usual live stream, you can always view the service through StreamSpot, Facebook or YouTube. This StreamSpot link is a direct link to our streaming services. The Facebook and YouTube links will take you to our accounts, which will feature a live stream post/video when services begin. You can also "like" our Facebook page or "follow" our YouTube channel to get notifications (if your notifications settings are on!) when our services begin.



To download a copy of the Friday evening Shabbat prayer book, please click here.

To download a copy of the Saturday morning prayer book, please click here.

Here is some info and tips to help things run smoothly:

  • All guests will be muted upon entry.
  • Speakers/Readers will be unmuted by the hosts when it is their turn to speak.
  • During the services, for those on video, there are two view options: "Speaker" and "Gallery" - The Speaker is the main view and your screen will default to whoever is speaking each time there is a new presenter; You can switch to the Gallery view by pressing on "GALLERY" on the top right corner of your screen. Note that this option may be accessed slightly differently on tablets and smart phones.
  • If you or anyone you know has any technical difficulties during the event, please contact the GatheringUs technical support team by calling or texting (240) 608-6037.
  • Please note that this event will be recorded.
  • In order to have the best view of our B'nai Mitzvah and the service, we recommend you view the event in side-by-side view. To do this:
    • Sign in to the Zoom Desktop Client
    • Click on your profile picture, then click "SETTINGS"
    • Click the "SHARE SCREEN" tab
    • Click the "SIDE-BY-SIDE MODE" check box; Zoom will automatically enter side-by-side mode when a participant starts sharing their screen


We are delighted that you are joining us to celebrate one of our young people becoming Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah. But what does that mean exactly?

When a young person in the Jewish family turns 13, we begin to regard them differently. They are not considered a fully fledged adult – we don’t kick them out of the house to fend for themselves – but we do consider them more capable of taking responsibility for their own actions, as well as taking responsibility for the needs of their community.

Every culture has a rite of passage for its youth in this transitional period of their lives, and those rites reflect the values of their culture. Some cultures value bravery, beauty, and poise. Some cultures prize self-reliance and resilience to physical hardship. Their rites of passage demonstrate a child’s readiness to display these attributes.

The celebration that you are going to join us for includes one of our children convening us all in prayer, demonstrating mastery of learning, and teaching us their fresh insights into a 4,000-year-old tradition of stories, study, and sacred text. This demonstrates the Jewish values of learning, teaching, leadership, and taking responsibility for not only the physical but also spiritual well-being of their community.

Our custom is to have this celebration as part of our usually weekly Shabbat (Sabbath) services, rather than make it a separate ceremony, to demonstrate that while we celebrate the child, we’re also celebrating this milestone as a community, a community that has helped the child get to this moment, and will benefit from the child’s maturing.

Like our Shabbat services, we are accustomed to celebrating while physically gathered together. In this season, however, we are recognizing that part of maturity and community responsibility is to safeguard the health and well-being of each other. That’s why this celebration is taking place online, where we can maximize community involvement while maintaining healthy physical distance. Nevertheless, our children are performing all the rites and ceremonies that the Jewish tradition regards as essential to this happy occasion.

Thank you again for joining us to celebrate one of our children beginning the road to adulthood, one of our students become one of our teachers. Mazal tov!

Thu, February 2 2023 11 Shevat 5783