Bar Mitzvah


Saturday, June 1, 2024  9:30am

Temple Emunah

9 Piper Road, Lexington



Sunday, June 2, 2024  11am – 3pm


161 Elliott Street, Danvers


We are looking forward to having you join us for Matan’s Bar Mitzvah!

Whether this is your first time attending a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or you have experienced your own, we ask that everyone read these FAQ’s to understand the practices at Temple Emunah, so that we are able to maintain the sanctity of Shabbat (Sabbath) and Kashrut (Kosher dietary laws).

Matan has been preparing for this day for his entire life. He has worked hard over the past year to learn his Torah portion, Haftarah portion, prepare his d’var Torah (speech), and to assist in leading the service.

Matan has also been working hard on his Mitzvah Project which is raising money for Cavalier Rescue USA.  Find out all about it here!

If you have additional questions, please let feel free to contact us at 603-505-1878 or


While there is no specific dress code, most people tend to avoid wearing jeans, shorts, and t-shirts. Dresses, skirts, or leggings/slacks are acceptable for females. Males are not expected to wear a suit and tie, but some will. Dress pants and a collared shirt are recommended. Many young people will wear casual athletic shoes.

All attendees are expected to respect the sanctity of Shabbat (Sabbath) by not using electronics or electricity (e.g., turning lights on or off). If you have a phone, please turn it off or set it to silent before entering the synagogue, and refrain from checking messages, texting, or taking pictures.

If there is an urgent reason to read a text or take a phone call, we ask that you step outside the synagogue. If your child is attending the service, please be sure to remind them of the expectation that no phone use is allowed in the synagogue on Shabbat. If you need to use your phone, please plan to step outside the building and away from the front door. Individuals requiring the use of the elevator are permitted to use it. Absolutely no photography is allowed in the synagogue on Shabbat.

All food items in the synagogue must be certified kosher. We ask that you do not bring in food; however, water bottles are fine. If you have dietary needs, please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate you.

Men are asked to follow the custom of wearing a head covering called a yarmulke (Hebrew) or Kippah (Hebrew). Wearing a kippah is not a symbol of religious identification, but rather an act of respect to G-d and the sacredness of the worship space. In some synagogues, women may wear a kippah, hat, or a lace head covering but there is no requirement for women to cover their heads. We will have kippah’s customized for Matan’s Bar Mitzvah available for you at the synagogue.

The tallit (or tallis in Yiddish) is a prayer shawl, is traditionally worn by Jewish men and in some congregations, by Jewish women. The braided fringes at the four corners of the tallit remind its wearer to observe the commandments of Judaism and wearing a tallit is reserved for Jews. Although an usher may offer you a tallit at the door, you may decline it, if you are not Jewish or are simply uncomfortable wearing it.

All guests are encouraged, but not required, to follow the service in the Siddur (prayer book) and the Chumash (Torah book) both of which are usually printed in both Hebrew and English. During the Torah service, the entire congregation is encouraged to follow the reading of the weekly Torah portion in English or Hebrew.