Venues fill early and our
rabbis' calendars have very little flexibility, so don't
choosing your venue.
guests to bring a small backpack and to wear hiking shoes,
sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm layers, rain coat.
Each guest will carry their own prayerbook, so they really
do need a backpack.
some guests might want a cushion to sit on
provide water and snacks for your guests or ask them to
bring their own
sure your guests have directions to the trailhead and
know that we really are hiking!
do not include anyone with medical conditions that might
make hiking at altitude challenging or dangerous.
Arrange for room set-up before and clean-up afterwards
Rent Chairs for
your guests + 2 chairs in the front for student and rabbi
(they will set up and breakdown)
Consider if there
is ample shade. (The service is too long to sit in direct
Colorado sunlight!) You can rent a canopy to cover the
Rabbi and the student.
Tables: Your will
need two tables in front, one for the Ark with the Torah,
and one for Bar and Bat Mitzvah student and rabbi to lead
from. Alternatively, rent a podium to read from. This
is great if your child is tall. If s/he is on the shorter
side, the rabbi may be able to bring a reader's stand
that goes on the table. Depending on the table size, you
may need another one for Kiddush cup and challah. You'll
also need a table to put prayerbooks on when people walk
in. Summary for Tables: (2) Tables in front; (1)
for Kiddush cup and challah; (1) for prayerbooks.
to cover all the tables. (If outdoors, clamps to hold
on table clothes in windy conditions.)
Venues not in Boulder: please provide a lapel microphone
for the student and a standing microphone for the rabbi.
(In Boulder the rabbi will bring the microphone and sound
Tallis for your
guests (Optional): If you would like to provide alit for
your guests. These are not required and most of our families
do not choose to offer them.
Kippot for your
guests (Optional). These are not required and many of
our families do not choose to offer them. Please note
that if you want to order them, Kippot can take a 2-4
weeks to arrive and you can personalize them with your
child's name in English and Hebrew as well as the date
of the event. We recommend www.Kippahking.com.
Place a basket with Kippas and bobby pins next to the
prayerbooks for your guests.
Tallis and / or
Kippah for Bar / Bat Mitzvah Student. (Optional). Ordering
can take several weeks to a month. You can also go to
local Jewish bookstore. One reliable source who gets some
Tallitot from Israel is Emitz.com;
Get Tallis clips (or make your own at Bead It –
get the actual clip from Michael's), make chain approximately
7 inches across. We also recommend Ann Leder for custom Talis - 303.322.4333.
Water for Bar/Bat
Kiddush cup filled
with grape juice (white or red)
Challah and cover.
Can get ceremonial challah (large 3 challahs baked into
one) at Breadworks in Boulder; Need to order it on Monday
prior to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Bring tallis and
tallis clips (Bar/Bat Mitzvah child’s as well as
grape juice, Kiddush cup
Water (glass or
bottle) for Bar/Bat Mitzvah student
Shelter - Rental
The Jaycee Shelter on Flagstaff Mountain (also called the
Wood Shelter) is a popular venue for our students. Here
are some special set-up requirements for that venue:
online from Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks - Click
The grill can be converted into a "table"
to hold the ark.
Remove the ashes
from the grill and from around the grill
Place a large piece
of wood (approx 42x42 from Home Depot/Lowe's);over the
top of the grill and a tablecloth over that. Secure the
cloth with large alligator clips. (oversized paper clips).
You can use this to hold the ark.
Place another table
or podium in front of this one, from which to lead the
table when you enter can be used for prayerbooks, and
a picnic table can be used for the Challah. (They will
need to be covered with tablecloths. They tend to be really
someone to hand out parking permits to your guests. Call
Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks to get parking passes
overshoot the turn off from the main road. Consider marking
the turn in some way (choose a way that is allowed by
your permit) and make sure your guests have very clear
directions and know how long it takes.
Directions: Baseline Road west towards mountains. Drive
past Chautauqua Park on your left. The road's name changes
to Flagstaff Road. 3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road, to Realization
Point, then right turn, 0.5 miles on Flagstaff Summit
Road. It takes longer than you would expect to get up
here for a map.
Place hand sanitizer
for the port-a-potties on the mountain (consider also
You might consider renting a large Connect 4 Board or Cornhole for the kids; you can rent them from a local company such as Premier Denver Rentals >>
month before the ceremony, schedule two meetings with the
the first meeting we will go through the entire service
and assign parts. Bring a list of all the people you wish
to honor by including them in leading the service. There
are roles for young and old, Jews and non-Jews. Honors include:
opening the ark, removing the mantle which covers the Torah,
readings in English, presenting the tallis, English readings
your family selects, and more.
student should also bring an almost complete version of
his/her speech to review with the rabbi.
Meeting Two: Rehearsal! We will do a full run through
of the service in the rabbis office. Please have the students
speech and Torah potion ready to go!
Program is right for you?
Individual Bar and Bat
Option for Distance Learning and Destination Ceremonies
(10 months, you pick the start date)
On this page, read above
Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Class, Boulder Colorado
(10 months, August - May)
Bar and Bat Yisrael, a less
intensive coming of age program without Hebrew
for Distance Learning
(12 weeks) Click here