The day your child accepts the adult responsibilities of the Jewish faith is cause for celebration – and much preparation! Our Rabbis, Cantor, team of educators, and teen Torah Tutors take special pride in getting ready these future Jewish leaders in our synagogue and community.
Families work hard to help prepare their child for this life-cycle milestone. The teachers work diligently each school year to provide a solid foundation in Hebrew, prayer studies, t’fillah, Jewish practices and customs, and preparing for life as a Jewish community member. Cantor Kurland teaches trope (melody) for both Torah and Haftarah readings, reviews the service prayers, and builds a student’s confidence in standing before a congregation. Rabbi Rosenbaum helps the B’nai Mitzvah understand and prepare a short homily (d’var) about the assigned Torah portion (parsha). The Torah Tutors help your child to practice and deliver their Torah portion. The entire community celebrates and welcomes your B’nai Mitzvah to our Jewish community!
B’nai Mitzvah dates are assigned during the 5th grade year using a prescribed protocol. Boys must have reached their 13th birthday and girls their 12th birthday. Families meet with the Director of Education between nine to twelve months before the assigned date to prepare for the upcoming activities, timeline, and lessons, and to learn more about the overall process. Lessons with the Cantor begin about nine months before the B’nai Mitzvah date, and meetings with the Rabbi begin about six months before the B’nai Mitzvah date. Meetings with our Operations Coordinator are also scheduled to prepare for the Sanctuary and Social Hall use.
Family participation in our Frankel Religious School, services, and synagogue events are a part of a B’nai Mitzvah child’s overall learning process. Families have a variety of opportunities to be a part of the HNT events, classes and programs held within the synagogue and school. Also, the Women’s League Judaica Shop has a nice variety of talit, kippot, yads, and other ritual items for your child’s special day and beyond.
For questions about date scheduling, contact Sharon Constantine, chair of the B’nai Mitzvah Committee.
For general information, contact Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education.
Click here for our B’nai Mitzvah Handbook.