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What Should I Know Before Going to My Friend’s Bar Mitzvah?

As a successful supplier of church chairs for almost three decades, we have accumulated a vast collection of practical information about many different types of family and congregational celebrations. We are proud of the role we have played in making these momentous celebrations special and truly meaningful. Here are some helpful hints that you might find useful when attending a friend’s bar mitzvah.

A Solemn Occasion

A bar mitzvah is a solemn rite of passage that celebrates a young man’s entry into the adult Jewish community. It is an honor to be invited to such a momentous occasion in a young person’s life. Come to the synagogue dressed for the occasion. Keep in mind that some strict worship communities frown on women coming in any attire other than a dress. If you are unsure of the dress code, ask the friend who invited you so you can attend the ceremony without feeling uncomfortable or out of place.

Jewish Symbols

Although you may be offered one as you enter the synagogue for a bar mitzvah, the wearing of a tallit, or prayer shawl, is reserved for those who follow the Jewish faith. This is because the tallit is worn to remind the wearer to observe the canons of Judaism. It is traditionally worn by Jewish males and, in some liberal congregations, by Jewish females. Whether or not you are Jewish, you can choose not to wear the tallit to a bar mitzvah.

On the other hand, a head covering or a kippa (also known as a yarmulke) is not in itself an item of Jewish affiliation. It is usually worn by male attendees to show respect for the ritual as well as for the worship space. During a solemn occasion such as a bar mitzvah, guests are encouraged to cover their heads with a kippa for the males and a hat or a small laced veil for the women.


The length of the service can be anywhere from one and a half hours to three hours depending on the synagogue where the bar mitzvah is held, so dress comfortably. You will be able to follow along as most of the readings and the other parts of the ritual are usually printed and given out to all attendees especially for the occasion.

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