Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes
This program prepares students to take their places as adults within the Jewish community. Aspects of the program focus on leading prayer, on history, Judaica, and preparation of D’Var Torah. Students will attend 3 sessions of classes as well as share in a provided meal.
Areas of Study
Prayer & Liturgy, Life cycles, Pre-Holocaust Europe, Community Observance and Diaspora,Holocaust, Israel, the Jewish Calendar and Holidays
Tutoring will begin 6 months prior to the student’s Bar / Bat Mitzvah. Tutoring is done with the Rabbi and a tutor for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preperations. Students will work on their Torah portion, D’Var Torah, and reciting prayers.
A full description of the expectations and the schedule for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year is imparted to parents and students during an initial meeting.
All Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are required to participate in all aspects of the program.
Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Hebrew School, Religious School, Education, Learning
Students should be 12 years old by September 30th to participate in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program. (For students who will turn 13 years of age between October 1 and February 1, the option exists to attend Tuesday Night Religious Studies simultaneously with the first hour of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah class. These students are then expected to complete the second half of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program the following year.)
We require that our Bar/Bat Mitzvah youth candidates complete a minimum of two years of formal Jewish education before entering the Bar/Bat Mitzvah training program. In addition, Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates are required to attend at least 12 Shabbat services during their Bar/Bat Mitzvah class year. At least six services must be attended between the High Holy Days and February. Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies may not occur prior to March of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation year.
*Bar/Bat Mitzvah students receive individually scheduled tutoring with the Rabbi or with a teacher approved by the Rabbi.