B’nai Mitzvah

B’nai Mitzvah

Welcome to the B’nai Mitzvah Program at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El! This is a unique and memorable time in the life of your family and we are delighted to be on this journey with you.

The curriculum of our program goes beyond the customary skills of Torah/Haftarah reading and prayer chanting. Through family education programs, Shabbat experiences, and mitzvah projects, our program offers your family a chance to feel the rhythm and depth of Jewish life. It is our hope that by taking advantage of the full B’nai Mitzvah Program, your child’s B’nai Mitzvah will be a stepping stone to a more meaningful connection to Judaism in your home and within our community. Simply stated, the goals of the B’nai Mitzvah Program are to:

  • Bring families together and create a stronger community
  • Model that Jewish learning is a life-long process
  • Empower parents to be their children’s Jewish teachers
  • Demonstrate the beauty of Shabbat and communal prayer
  • Involve families in mitzvah projects within our community
  • Teach repeatable synagogue skills
  • Reinforce Jewish literacy

The handbook below is designed as a tool to help you organize and understand the many elements of the B’nai Mitzvah program. In addition, you will receive appropriate forms and information throughout the year.

As your Hazzan and Director of the B’nai Mitzvah Program, I look forward to getting to know your family over the next year and beyond. The entire B’nai Mitzvah Team is committed to making your family simcha meaningful and enjoyable.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office at 847-432-8900 x221 or email Ana Igornov at aigornov@nssbethel.org.

B’nai Mitzvah 2023 Handbook


Hazzan Jacob Sandler