A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a joyous and momentous occasion in which each member of our congregation takes pride in the achievements of every child. Your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one of the most exciting stages in your family’s Jewish life. The goal of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Committee is to make sure that every child achieves his or her own ‘personal best’ when reaching the milestone of becoming a Jewish young adult. We look forward to seeing your child stand proudly on the bimah on that special day.
Following are some general guidelines that are explained more fully in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook which you can download by clicking here.
Six months prior to your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, they begin a series of group lessons to learn the ‘trope,’ or musical melodies, needed to chant haftorah.They also learn some key prayers or blessings every child will lead during their special service. The group lessons are followed by approximately five months of weekly private lessons. See the Resources page for help with Torah and Haftorah trup.
Goals for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child
We want your child to be confident and at ease on the bimah. While each student covers a minimum number of prayers, in addition to the haftorah or Torah reading, he or she is encouraged to lead as much of the service as possible – some have even led the entire service! Most importantly, however, we want the event to be a meaningful and significant spiritual experience for student and family.
Some students may require additional time and lessons to reach their full potential. Others may simply want additional training to become skillful in leading more of the service. We will accommodate your child’s goals as much as possible.