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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

After graduation from Hebrew School, each student is eligible for our year-long Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

This provides a wonderful bridge from childhood to adulthood, through the expansion of the spirituality and understanding gained during the Hebrew School years. With the whole family's participation and via individual tutoring, each student is trained to lead a Shabbat service and read from the Torah scroll. Each student will prepare a D'var Torah/Speech. This is presented to family and friends before the entire congregation. The subject of the talk is gleaned from lessons learned from the themes of the weekly Torah portion that coincides with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

As part of the process, students will have the opportunity to learn the Trop or Cantillation, a musical method to read scripture, which will allow them the privilege of leading the congregation by chanting any Torah or Haftorah portion throughout the calendar year. This is a life long skill valued in every congregation. These chanting skills will provide future opportunity to read Megillah on Purim, and recite other scriptural portions during Holidays throughout the year.

As part of the planning, Family Mitzvah projects are organized to stress the importance of "action-based" religious study.

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