B’nai Mitzvah Program

B’nai Mitzvah Program Overview

Religious education for young people at Temple Beth El culminates in a festive Bar or Bat Mitzvah, usually at age thirteen or older.  Each student assists the Rabbi in leading parts of the prayer service, reads from the Torah scroll using traditional trope melodies, and gives a thoughtful teaching on the Torah reading.  Our Adult Education program also offers B’nai Mitzvah training and celebrations for adult students.  Both youth and adult students may choose from a range of formats for their teaching, including a speech, readers’ theatre, artwork, poetry and fiction.  Students of all abilities are encouraged to become B’nai Mitzvah though our highly individualized program.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to enter the B’nai Mitzvah program at the minimum age of 10.5 years with the pre-requisite skills listed below.  (Please note suggested remediation below.)  At least one parent, grandparent, or guardian must be a member of Temple Beth El. Current program fees are available from the office.

Pre-requisite skills to enter B’nai Mitzvah Program……Remediation

Phonetic reading of Hebrew…………………..Tutoring (additional cost)
Familiarity with Shabbat prayers………………Attendance at services
General knowledge of Torah stories………….Family reading
Familiarity with major holidays………………..Attendance at TBE events