SERVICE

At 13, a young Jewish man becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism. "Bar Mitzvah" literally means "son of the commandments." The celebration of a Bar Mitzvah signifies that the young man is beginning and will continue to function as an active and responsible Jew in the synagogue and in the wider Jewish community.

The act itself is recognition of an individual’s place in Jewish society. Not only is all the attention placed on the subject of the Bar Mitzvah, but the entire process allows the individual to display their maturity and adulthood through careful preparation and recitations. The process of preparing for a Bar Mitzvah gives a young Jewish child the kind of spiritual guidance necessary to help with the growth into adulthood. Preparation for the Bar Mitzvah gives the child time to study who he is and how he fits into the world.

Ethan has studied hard for this occasion, learning how to read Hebrew, recite prayers, and lead the Friday and Saturday services. 


SYNAGOGUE CUSTOMS

Saturday is the Jewish day of rest, cameras, cell phones, and other electronics may not be used in the temple/sanctuary (this is where the Bar Mitzvah service will be held). 

It is customary for men to wear a kippah, or a head covering, while in the temple.  Both Jewish and non-Jewish men are encouraged to wear this head covering as a sign of respect for this tradition.  Women are not historically required to wear head coverings in temple. We had a special kippah made in honor of Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah.  You are welcome to take this kippah home with you as a remembrance of this day. 

In each pew you will find two prayer books used for the Saturday Shabbat service:  the small red prayer book called the Siddur Hadash, and the larger red Etz Hayim, which contains the readings of haftarah (the books of the prophets) and Torah.  Hebrew is read right to left, so the cover of these books appears opposite an English book, and the pages inside are numbered from right to left. 

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Ethan will help lead Friday evening services
At 7:00 PM, Friday, January 11, 2019
The Friday night service lasts approx 45 minutes (until 7:45PM).
A dessert reception (the Oneg Shabbat) will be served immediately following services at the synagogue.

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Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah is Saturday, January, 12, 2019
The service will begin at 9:30 AM
It is approximately 3 hours (9:30-12:30),
with 
a delicious Kiddush luncheon held immediately afterward at the Temple.

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Both services will be held at:
Temple Beth Sholom
5995 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


CELEBRATION

Get ready to celebrate Ethan's Bar Mitzvah!!!

There will be dinner and dancing along with many other fun activities.

The Saturday evening celebration will be held at

Crowne Plaza Melbourne - Oceanfront
2605 North Highway A1A
Indialantic, FL  32903
6 - 11 PM
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


ATTIRE

BAR MITZVAH SERVICE ATTIRE AT TEMPLE/SYNAGOGUE
Please do not wear jeans to temple services.  Todd and Ethan will be wearing suits.  It is not necessary for guests to wear suits, khakis and button down shirts are appropriate temple attire.  Men/boys are asked to wear a kippah, or head covering, while in the temple.  These will be provided at the temple.  This is a sign of respect. 

Denise and Ava will be wearing dresses.  Dress pants are also appropriate temple attire.  Women are not required to wear a head covering like the men. Feel free to bring a sweater/shawl as the temple can get quite chilly.


SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY ATTIRE AT THE CROWN PLAZA
See above and remember…wear your dancing shoes!
Kippahs/head covering for men are not required at the party.


HOTEL

We have booked a block of rooms at the location of Ethan’s Saturday Party:

Crowne Plaza Melbourne - Oceanfront
2605 North Highway A1A
Indialantic, FL  32903

Group Name: Mention Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah or code “EBM”
Group Rate: $129.00 Standard Room

$139 Coastal Room

Dates of Block: January 11th, 12th , and 13th 2019
Call 877-701-9252 or book online HERE
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


OUT-OF-TOWNERS

ITINERARY
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FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Dessert reception immediately following services at Temple Beth Sholom

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SATURDAY MORNING – 9:30 AM
Bar Mitzvah Service followed by Kiddush Luncheon
Temple Beth Sholom
5995 N Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


SATURDAY EVENING - 6 UNTIL 11 PM
Crowne Plaza Melbourne - Oceanfront
2605 North Highway A1A
Indialantic, FL  32903
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

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SUNDAY MORNING - 10 AM

Brunch
Bergman Home
504 Hibiscus Trail
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
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THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE

Many of our family and friends will be traveling quite a distance to join us for Ethan’s special weekend, so we have compiled a list of things to do in Melbourne should you decide to extend your stay.

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ETHAN'S FRIENDS

Welcome to Ethan's Bar Mitzvah website! We're really happy you'll be sharing his special day with us. A lot of you have probably never been to a Bar Mitzvah, so you probably have tons of questions. There's more information throughout the website, but here's what you need to know in a nutshell!

click here FOR THE INFO

Q. What is a Bar Mitzvah and what exactly will I be doing there?
A. In the Jewish religion up until the age of 13, a child’s parents hold the responsibility for the child’s actions. Now that he is 13, Ethan will now be held accountable for his own actions to include those involving his family, his friends and the Jewish community here in Brevard County Florida.

So what happens at a Bar Mitzvah?

Ethan has been learning to read Hebrew since Kindergarten. Over the past year, Ethan has refined his skills and studied countless hours in preparation for this day. On Saturday morning, Ethan will lead the service, read from the Torah, and give a speech. Parts of the service will be in Hebrew and a large part in English as well. Ethan is looking forward to explaining the contents of this tradition that is thousands of years old. 

Q. What should I wear to the celebration on Saturday?
A. The party is one step above jeans. Boys can wear pants or khakis with a button down, but tie or jacket aren't necessary. Girls can wear cute dresses or a dressy pants look, but without all the frills. 

Q. What will the party be like?
A. Lots of food, games, music, dancing...and a whole bunch of other fun stuff!
We have a DJ who will be entertaining everyone, a photo booth and large candy table. After
all of Ethan’s hard work, this is the time to relax and celebrate!

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Cell phone usage in the synagogue during Shabbat service is prohibited.  We ask that if you need to bring your cell phone to make sure that it is set on silent.

If you or your parents have any other questions, do not hesitate to email me at denisebergman@earthlink.net

We’ll see you January 12th!

click here FOR A NOTE FOR ETHAN'S FRIENDS

Ethan would love for you to attend his ceremony and luncheon Saturday morning along with his party Saturday night.  The Saturday morning ceremony at Temple Beth Sholom will last from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and the onsite lunch will end at approximately 1:30 PM. We realize that this can be a large time commitment and understand completely if you decide to only attend his party on Saturday night.  When you send the RSVP card back, you are only committing to the Saturday night party at the Crowne Plaza.  Ethan is very excited to see you at his party!  If your parents have any questions, please have them contact Denise Bergman at 321-549-9045.


CONTACT US

If you have any questions or just need to get in touch, you can reach us at:

Denise’s cell phone number is 321-549-9045

Denise’s email is denisebergman@earthlink.net

Todd’s cell phone is 321-549-9044

Todd’s email is tbergman@gate.net 

We’ll see you January 12th!