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Columbus Synagogues Set Bar Mizvah Requirements; Ask Hebrew Education

September 9, 1964
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The Columbus Hebrew School and four Columbus synagogues have approved a requirement of four years of study in a recognized Hebrew school as a condition for Bar Mitzvah.

Arthur Katz, president of the Hebrew School, in announcing the standard, said “the cause of Jewish education will be greatly advanced in our community if the various synagogues and temples will establish uniform minimum requirements for Bar Mitzvah boys. ” He noted that many other Jewish communities had done so and that the action was “an invaluable aid to expansion and intensification of Jewish education. “

The synagogues adopting the four-year requirement were Agudas Achim Synagogue, Beth Jacob Congregation, Congregation Ahavas Sholom and Temple Tifereth Israel. It was emphasized that boys must be enrolled in Hebrew schools by the age of nine to receive four years f of Jewish education prior to Bar Mitzvah. The new rule permits acceptance of “satisfactory evidence of equivalent training” of the Bar Mitzvah candidate.

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