Today is September 17, 2021 /
The traditional bar or bat mitzvah is done during Shacharit, the morning service. However, some families may wish to have the bar or bat mitzvah during Minchah, the afternoon service. When the family decides to have the bar or bat mitzvah on Shabbat afternoon, the service has much greater flexibility in terms of what the celebrant may or may not do. The following service can be modified quite liberally, but this is the standard outline.
Traditionally, a bar or bat mitzvah may occur whenever the Torah is taken out and the young person recites the blessing. Since the Torah is sometimes taken out on Shabbat afternoon, this kind of celebration may occur. The service is much shorter than that of the morning. If the Minchah service is close to sunset, then at the conclusion of this portion of the service, the congregation may read a short prayer or two (e.g. the Shema and V’ahavtah) and/or a psalm and then proceed to Havdalah.
At the UVJC, a traditional minchah bar or bat mitzvah consists of the following:
If it is sundown or later at the conclusion of the service, then a Havdalah service can follow immediately. If it is still light outside, then Havdalah can be done in the evening gathering or party.