“Bar/Bat Mitzvah” translates literally as "son/daughter of the commandment." A boy attains his religious maturity and becomes responsible to fulfill all Torah commandments (mitzvot) at the age of 13. A girl becomes equally responsible one year earlier, at the age of 12.

This occasion is cause for great celebration and gratitude to G‑d, and hence the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. One becomes Bar/Bat Mitzvah automatically on one's twelfth or thirteenth birthday, with or without a party!

This can be a daunting ordeal or a joyful, memorable and meaningful experience. Chabad of Patchogue can help to prepare for the transition to Jewish adulthood in a relaxed and friendly way. We assist in making this time meaningful and inspiring, so your child's Jewish identity will be reinforced and he/she will be proud of his/her heritage.

To arrange for Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, please contact Rabbi Berel Sasonkin at 631-903-0174 or