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Bar/Bat Mitzvah

The goal of the bar/bat mitzvah program at Temple Emeth is to facilitate each young person’s ability to lead a Reform Jewish worship service (t’filah).

The bar/bat mitzvah training program is an extension of the student’s religious school experience and preparation to join the synagogue community. Our program and expectations are geared to each child’s particular situation. Family participation and support are essential during various phases of the training process.

About eight months prior to the bar or bat mitzvah service, the student begins one-on-one lessons with a skilled volunteer tutor who is a member of the congregation. We pair studnet and tutor for best fit in terms of personality and learning style. With this teacher, the student reviews and fine-tunes the prayers and blessings.

With Rabbi Sirbu, the student selects a section of the Torah and Haftarah portion to chant at the service. The student then begins individual lessons with Cantor Tilem for about fifteen weeks. During this period, the student masters the chanting of her/his Torah and Haftarah portions. Also during this period, the student meets with our rabbi to prepare a personal speech, a d’var Torah, to present during the service.

In the weeks immediately preceding the service, the student and family participate in rehearsals with the rabbi and cantor.

The process culminates in a joyous Shabbat morning service, attended by family, friends, and the Temple Emeth community. We hope the service will be the beginning of a full and meaningful adult Jewish life.

Sat, September 22 2018 13 Tishrei 5779