Congregation Emanu-El

7011 E. Central
Wichita, KS 67206

(316) 684-5148

Bar / Bat Mitzvah

The celebration of Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El is a joyous, community event filled with meaning and promise.  Visitors and out-of-town family members constantly speak of how beautiful the services are and how well-prepared the Bar or Bat Mitzvah is.  At the same time, we know that, important as it is, the ceremony is just one step in a person’s Jewish education. 

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey begins in Religious School and kicks into high gear approximately two years before the date of the ceremony.  This is when they begin their religious and Hebrew studies specifically directed toward the ceremony, both one-on-one with the rabbi as well as in class with their peers. 

At their Bat/Bar Mitzvah celebration, the boy or girl will lead the Erev Shabbat and Shacharit services (Friday night and Saturday morning).  They will chant from the Torah and the haftarah (the reading from the Prophets) and deliver an original d’var torah (an interpretive sermon based on the text). 

By the time family and friends are congratulating the bar/bat mitzvah and their family, it will be clear that it was an experience filled with inspiration and significance, and that this young person is ready to begin to assume the responsibilities that fall on Jewish adults. 

Please contact our office in the Spring of your child’s 5th grade to arrange a date for this important simcha




Temple Events

Sunday, July 2, 11:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal

Monday July 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sisterhood Coffee Talk
& Board Meeting

Sunday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, July 16, 11:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal


Community Events

Monday, July 3, 9:00 a.m.
MKJF Camp Shalom Starts

Sunday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.
MKJF Summer Film Series
(Wichita Art Museum)

Monday, July 24, 7:15 p.m.
Hadassah Board (Judy Eichhorn’s house)


This Year in Photos

Read our current Ruach

July Sabbath Services

Saturday, July 1
No Shabbat Morning Service
Chukkat-Num. 19:1-22:1

Friday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat

Saturday, July 8
No Shabbat Morning Service
Balak-Num. 22:2-25:9

Friday, July 14, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat

Saturday, July 15
No Shabbat Morning Service
Pinchas-Num. 25:10-30:1

Friday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat

Saturday, July 22
No Shabbat Morning Service

Friday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat

Saturday, July 29
No Shabbat Morning Service
Devarim-Deut. 1:1-3:22