The day your child accepts adult responsibilities of the Jewish faith is cause for celebration – and much preparation! Our Rabbi, Cantor, team of educators, and teen Torah Tutors take special pride in preparing future Jewish leaders in our synagogue and community.
Families work hard to help prepare their child for this lifecycle milestone. Each school year, teachers work diligently to provide a solid foundation in Hebrew, Jewish practices and customs, t’fillah (prayer studies), 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. Rav Barry helps the Bar/Bat Mitzvah understand and prepare a D’var Torah (speech) about the assigned Torah portion (parsha). The Torah Tutors help your child practice and deliver their Torah portion. The entire community celebrates and welcomes your Bar/Bat Mitzvah into our Jewish community!
B’nai Mitzvah dates are assigned during the 5th grade year using a prescribed protocol. Boys must be at least 13 and girls at least 12 on the day of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Families meet with the Director of Education 12 months before the assigned Bar/Bat Mitzvah date to begin preparations for the upcoming activities and to learn more about the overall process. Lessons with the Cantor begin about 9 months before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, and meetings with the Rabbi begin about 8 – 9 months before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date. Meetings with our Operations Coordinator are also scheduled to prepare for the sanctuary and Feinberg Social Hall use.
Family participation in services, synagogue events, and Frankel Religious School are a part of the Bar/Bat 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 tallit, kippot, yaddim, and other ritual items for your child’s special day and beyond.
Click here for our B’nai Mitzvah Handbook.
Contact: Dr. Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education