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Mensch Academy: The B'nai Mitzvah Experience at HEA

First and foremost: MAZEL TOV on your journey to becoming  B'nai Mitzvah at the Hebrew Educational Alliance. We look forward to walking with you and your family to and beyond this simcha!

At HEA, we strive to elevate services of b'nai mitzvah into a transformative rite of passage to initiate young adolescents into emerging adulthood better understanding themselves, their roles in their families, their belonging in the Jewish community, and their purpose in the larger world.  Our mission is to partner with families in the goal of making mensches out of our children.

We are strongly encouraging all families who plan to celebrate their B’nai Mitzvah at HEA to take advantage of the full Mensch Academy program. Through the detailed program we have designed for our families, we think you will find a meaningful and clear process to best prepare you and your student for the launch into the world as an emerging Jewish adolescent.

Halachic Times (a guide for B'nai Mitzvah planning)

Every Shabbat morning throughout the year, our Traditional Shacharit service begins at 9:00 am, and our Shir Hadash Shacharit begins at 9:45.

Our Shabbat Mincha (afternoon) service varies in time. For b'nai mitzvah services that take place at Mincha, we set it 50 minutes before sunset.

In order for Shabbat afternoon services to proceed smoothly, we suggest that you invite your guests to arrive about 15 minutes before the service begins. In the chart below, that time is approximately indicated by "Plag HaMincha". The chart below shows the halachic times for today's date. Click "more" to browse the halachic times for dates in the future.

Plag HaMincha 6:52p
Candle Lighting 8:15p
Shkiah (Sunset) 8:33p
Tzeit Hakochavim 9:13p
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Plag HaMincha: 1 1/4 variable hours before sunset
Shkiah: Sunset
Tzeit Hakochavim: Star-rise; appearance of 3 small stars in the same area of the sky. Nightfall and beginning of the next Jewish day.

Fri, June 5 2020 13 Sivan 5780