Bar Mitzvah Policy

Our community is growing by leaps and bounds, and is blessed, thank G-d, with many children. This fact has prompted our Board of Directors to establish a policy regarding the booking of the shul for a Bar Mitzvah or other simcha. We hope that the following policy will offer sufficient guidelines and reduce the possibility of conflicting bookings. A member may reserve a Bar Mitzvah in our Shul by booking the desired Shabbat with the shul office no more than two years prior to the date.

For example, a Bar Mitzvah to be held on January 6, 2015 can be booked no earlier than January 6, 2013. Only one date may be reserved. Only members in good standing may reserve a date.

All Bar Mitzvah reservations are for the main sanctuary unless specifically requested otherwise. Only one Bar Mitzvah may take place in the Shul on a given Shabbat morning. However, more than one Bar Mitzvah may be held in the Shul on a particular Shabbat morning at different minyanim if all families involved agree to it. The reserved date will be held on the shul calendar tentatively for one calendar month. If, during that one-month waiting period, no other shul member requests the same Shabbat, the reservation is confirmed.

If two or more shul families request the same Shabbat during the one-month waiting period, priority is given to the Bar Mitzvah boy whose 13th birthday on the Hebrew calendar falls in the week ending on that Shabbat; if two or more Bar Mitzvah boys, or none of them, have their 13th birthday in the week ending on that Shabbat, priority is given to the older boy.

If both boys were born on the same day, priority is given to the family that has been a member longer.

(This following item applies to Bar Mitzvah, Aufruf, Bat Mitzvah and any other simcha being celebrated in Shul.) Members are entitled to 3 aliyot at no charge, plus whatever davening and other honors the gabboim can arrange taking into account all other obligations. The charge for more than 3 aliyot shall be $100 per aliyah. Generally, and subject to the discretion of the gabboim, the maximum number of aliyot that will be allowed for the baalei simcha is 8 including Maftir (to allow for other obligatory aliyot). Generally, and subject to the discretion of the gabboim, the maximum number of hosafot is 4 including Acharon.

The following rules regard other s'machot for which the shul might be booked in advance for a Shabbos such as Bat Mitzvah or Aufruf. A member may reserve a simcha other than a Bar Mitzvah in our Shul by booking the desired Shabbat with the shul office no more than two years prior to the date. The reserved date will be held on the shul calendar tentatively until one year prior to the requested date. If no other shul member requests the same Shabbat, the reservation is confirmed. If, prior to the one-year cutoff date, another member requests that Shabbat, then the priority will be as follows:

A) A Bar Mitzvah for a boy whose 13th birthday on the Hebrew calendar falls
in the week ending on that Shabbat;

B) An Aufruf for a chatan whose wedding is scheduled for the week following
that Shabbat.

It is recommended that the baalei simcha provide a kiddush for the congregation in honor of the simcha following the davening. The kiddush may be shared with other baalei simcha

Mon, December 18 2017 30 Kislev 5778