Bar/Bat MitzvahCongregation Beth Sholom celebrates each bar and bat mitzvah with great joy. We view the period of b’nai mitzvah training as a time for all family members to deepen their connection to our community. Our priority is to ensure that this milestone is a positive educational and ritual experience for both the students and their families.
Training ProcessOne year before their bar/bat mitzvah date, each student begins one-on-one lessons with a CBS b’nai mitzvah tutor. The student studies trope and learns to chant their Torah portion, their haftarah, the accompanying blessings, and other parts of the Torah Service. The student also participates in a Shabbat School morning program with other b’nai mitzvah candidates; during these weekly meetings, they discuss the ethical questions that preoccupy every teenager, and also learn more about tefillah (prayer) and how to prepare a thoughtful drash (an interpretive teaching about their assigned Torah reading).
During the course of their b’nai mitzvah preparation, each student must also complete a social-action project, ideally working for a cause that resonates with him or her.
2 – 3 months prior to the bar/bat mitzvah date, the student will begin weekly meetings with Rabbi Glazer to study their Torah portion and to further develop their d’var torah, the speech given on the day of the ceremony.
Please email the CBS office to discuss your child’s preparations.