Bnai Mitzvah

Congregation Tikkun v’Or is proud to have a dynamic and highly individualized b’nai mitzvah program.

Students in Sunday Religious School classes study Jewish history, Torah, mitzvot (commandments), ethics, rituals, holidays, and Hebrew. In sixth grade, the Wednesday class helps develop Hebrew reading and prayer skills. In seventh grade, students prepare for becoming bnai mitzvah. Prayer, Torah study, and middot (ethical characteristics) are all part of the curriculum.batmitzvah

Our small classes allow for each student and family to choose a bar/bat mitzvah date close to the actual Hebrew birthday, with the themes of the parashot (portions) in mind. About 6 months before the bar/bat mitzvah, students start working individually, learning to chant the Torah parasha and the Haftorah. Most students also prepare to lead many sections of the Friday night and Saturday morning services. Each student studies the meanings and commentaries on the parasha, and writes a d‘var Torah (commentary) of their own.

Students work prepare together in the midweek class and during individual tutoring sessions.

Students of all abilities, with various learning challenges and gifts, are all encouraged to challenge themselves, to take responsibility for their learning, and to use this opportunity to explore their own Jewish identity. Students are encouraged to make the commitment to continue Jewish learning after their bar/bat mitzvah with further study and by becoming madrichim (assistants) at Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE).

Download our current B’nai Mitzvah Handbook here

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2021 B’nai Mitzvah
January 16 Drew Thomas
February 27 Rennie Smolenski
April 24 Elijah Kelly
May 29  Coco Hamilton
June 19 Kayla Gerson
June 26  Ruby Gozan-Keck

July 10 Yordana Wilensky
August 7 Menzie Berkowitz
August 14 Julia Kleinberg

2020 B’nai Mitzvah
January 25 Leeyam Hadar, son of Mirit Hadar and Ilan Hadar
February 1 Alexandra Elia, daughter of Melanie Lefkowitz & Anthony Elia
May 9 Jonathan Bael, son of Tim Bael and Sandra Thananart