Grade 7 The 7th grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah class meets on Saturday mornings and provides the class with skills to lead the Shabbat morning service. Once or twice a month, students and parents study together with the Rabbi, learning topics relevant to Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The year culminates with the Humash (Torah-in-a-book) presentation during a Shabbat morning service, at which each student receives a Humash, the entire class leads the service, and every family receives an honor.
Hebrew: Students continue to expand their knowledge of prayers and blessings. Using the text book Sefatai Tiftah Volume 3 and their siddurim [prayer books], students review and reinforce the prayers from the Torah service. Material from Sefatai Tiftah continues to be reinforced with on-line homework. Students continue Alef-Bet: Yeladim Lomdim Ivrit as they increase their knowledge of Modern Hebrew. Hebrew holiday vocabulary continues to be reinforced and expanded. Students learn how Jewish holidays are celebrated in Israel.
Requirements: In order to be accepted at the age of twelve years for Bar or Bat Mitzvah training, a child must have completed at least 5 years of Hebrew Jewish education, or their equivalent. To be a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth-El, a child must currently attend our Religious/Hebrew School, or a Hebrew Day School, and Hebrew/Religious School attendance are to be continued during and after Bar or Bat Mitzvah training.
Families with children with special learning needs that our school cannot accommodate, or families with exceptional circumstances, must meet with the Rabbi before the child begins training, in order to discuss acceptable alternative arrangements to give their child a Jewish/Hebrew education.
For more information on Bar/Bat mitzvah at TBE, please see B'nai Mitzvah.