Literally speaking, every Jewish child automatically, upon reaching the age of thirteen, becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, one who is obligated to observe the commandments. A formal Bar Mitzvah ceremony celebrates this rite of passage for boys. The Bat Mitzvah ceremony was introduced early in the 1900's, as women began to take their place in the ritual life of the synagogue. In any case, it is necessary to prepare for the event with a course of study that includes learning Hebrew, the language of the Torah.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is seen as the beginning of a new phase in the Jewish life of our young people. In order to prepare for accompanying responsibilities, a young person must:
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring: At a certain point in the year before your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the Rabbi will ask you to start bringing him or her on Mondays or Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. You can sign up in advance if you will regularly bring your child on either Mondays or Wednesdays, and we ask you to let us know if you will not be attending any particular week. Or, you can let us know by noon on the day you are bringing your child that he or she will be attending.
We ask for your cooperation so that we will always have a teacher available for your child and so that our teachers will come only when there is a child with whom they will be working!
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prayers:
00:04 -> V'havtah
02:11 -> Amidah
04:59 -> The Torah Prayers
06:10 -> The Haftorah Prayers
09:16 -> The Kiddush
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