So what’s a Bark Mitzvah? 

In Jewish tradition, a B'nai Mitzvah (Son/Daughter of the Commandment) represents a ceremonial recognition that a young person, 12 or 13 years old, has reached the age when they transition into Jewish adulthood. A Bark Mitzvah represents a ceremonial recognition that our FURever friend has reached a moment to celebrate their contribution to our quality of life. Throughout the pandemic (and always), our fur-friends were there to support us, a Bark Mitzvah gives us the opportunity to bless them and show our appreciation.

Please note, this event is open to pets of all sizes and breeds. We ask that your pet(s) remain on a leash unless they are being supervised in the enclosed dog park area within Torrey Highlands Park. As always, please pick up after your pet(s)!  

What will be happening at the Bark Mitzvah?

Blessing of the Animals

Led by Rabbi Yael Ridberg, we will join together at the start of the event for some words of thanks and blessings over our precious pets. 

D.I.Y. Dog Toys for The Animal Pad in Partnership with JCC Cares

The Animal Pad (TAP) is an all-breed, 501c-3 Dog Rescue Organization based in San Diego. Help us make dog toys that will be donated to TAP rescue dogs and their foster families. 

Pet Photoshoot 

Capture your furry family member(s) with a fun photo opp! 


Help Supply The Animal Pad in Partnership with JCC Cares 

The Animal Pad (TAP) depends on donations to sustain its rescue efforts. They cannot continue to do what they do without the generous contributions of people like you! Please consider bringing puppy/dog supplies to the Bark Mitzvah. TAP will be at the event to collect your generous donation. 

*For every item donated, you will receive an additional raffle ticket! 


Items needed: 

  • Wet Dog Food (Puppies and Adults) 

  • Dry Dog Food (Puppies and Adults)

  • Fleece/Comfy Throw Blankets 

  • Dog Collars and Leashes 

  • Pee Pads 

  • Simple Green Outdoor Odor Eliminator for Pets 

  • Disposable Nitrile Gloves

  • Crate Mats/Pads

  • Slow Feed Dog Bowls

  • Dog Toys 

  • Poop Bags

  • Dog Treats and Pill Pockets 

Bark Mitzvah Certificate Craft 

Let’s commemorate the occasions with a paw print certificate especially for your pet!

Torrey Highlands Park, Dog Park, and Playground

Torrey Highlands Park is located on the corner of Lansdale and Del Mar Heights Rd. The park offers multiple recreational areas including a playground, open grass areas, and a dog park. 


Raffle Information and Giveaways

Get excited about fun giveaways and raffle items! For every item donated to The Animal Pad, attendees will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for exciting and fun pet essentials!

And So Much More!

We hope that you take advantage of this in-person gathering to connect with friends (both furry and human) new and old! For questions or partnership inquires, please email the Director of Strategic Outreach & Partnerships, Allie Donahoo.