Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah is a milestone on the journey of lifelong Jewish education. There are five components to bar/bat mitzvah training:

  • Prayer and blessings in preparation for the Religious School Director and the Cantor’s classes
  • Fluency in prayers, blessings and Haftarah in the Cantor’s class
  • Meetings with the B’nei Mitzvah tutor
  • Meetings with Rabbi Fabricant to review the Torah portion, D’var Torah (Torah speech/sermon) and mitzvah project
  • Rehearsal sessions

In preparation for becoming a bar/bat mitzvah at Temple Beth Or, students will receive special training from the Rabbi and Cantor, in addition to attending regular religious school classes. Students who wish to celebrate becoming a bar/bat mitzvah must be in “good standing” in our religious school. Students must be continuously enrolled and have successfully completed each year since third grade.

In extenuating circumstances, a student who does not have four previous years of Hebrew may make alternative tutoring arrangements to learn Hebrew. These students must pass a Hebrew proficiency exam. This alternative will only be made available in extenuating circumstances. A committee consisting of the Rabbi, Cantor, Religious School Director and a representative from the B’nei Mitzvah committee will evaluate entrance into the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah is a life cycle event that will be scheduled 3 years in advance by the B’nei Mitzvah committee chairperson. Download the B’nei Mitzvah Manual 2016-2017

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