Congregation Temple Israel to Host their Annual Cotillion Program, Educating Middle Schoolers – both Jewish and non-Jewish – on Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tradition and Etiquette

Temple Israel’s Cotillion Program is created specifically for middle school aged young adults (age 11-13) and aims to educate both Jewish and non-Jewish teens about the traditions, etiquette, dance, music and social interaction that they’ll experience either having or attending a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Each class will delve into different aspects of the ceremony and will conclude with a ‘Mock Mitzvah’ party for all students to enjoy.

This 5-part series runs from January through February of 2016 and meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Congregation Temple Israel.

Class schedule and topics are as follows:

  • January 10 – Meet and Greet
  • January 24 – Hosting and Guesting
  • January 31 – Thank You!
  • February 21 – To the Dance Floor
  • February 28 – RSVP and Mock Mitzvah Party (includes a special ice cream treat, prizes and tee shirt)
  • *March 8 – Snow Date

The program is provided in partnership with Utopia Entertainment, a local company that provides unique, interactive entertainment experiences at special events and Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations.

The registration fee for Cotillion is $125 and includes all meetings, snacks and prizes. Applications may be downloaded, completed and mailed to Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141, with a check made payable to Temple Israel Cotillion. Applications and payments will also be accepted at the first Cotillion meeting on January 10, 2015.

For more information on Cotillion, to download forms and to watch a short video of a Mock Mitzvah party in action, visit


Congregation Temple Israel is a caring, inclusive community committed to living Reform Judaism and participating in the sacred destiny of the Jewish people and Israel through education, worship, and repair of the world. We welcome and embrace individuals and families from all backgrounds. Wherever you may be along your Jewish journey, there is a place for you at Temple Israel. For more information, go to


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