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.
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 with Cantor Abbe Lyons in the midweek class and for individual tutoring. Rabbi Brian Walt meets with the families and with each student several times during the bnai mitzvah preparation process, and leads the bar/bat mitzvah service.
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 Religious School.
Download our current B’nai Mitzvah Handbook here
2018 B’nai Mitzvah:
March 24 Hope Machlin, daughter of Lisa and Paul Machlin
April 28 Owen Thomas, son of Abby and Bryan Thomas
June 16 Ariel Blanchard, daughter of Tamar Kushnir and Ted Blanchard
October 6 Adina Wilensky, daughter of Naomi and Joe Wilensky
November 10 Caleb Robinson, son of Beth Milles and Dean Robinson
December 8 Obadiah Smolenski, son of Alita Howard and Karl Smolenski