B'nei Mitzvah

Beyond the Bar'chu: What it means to be an emerging adult at Shir Tikvah.

Becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a journey for the student and their family, through which the young person in question takes their place as an adult in the Jewish community. This journey is about more than a ceremony on a specific day; this is about preparing to be a Jewish adult for the rest of their life.

At Shir Tikvah, the B'nei Mitzvah process begins in the 3rd grade as students beging learning the Hebrew alphabet, the Aleph-Bet. Later, in the 5th grade, during a special Shabbat HaMakor, we officially welcome families and their students into the journey by assigning their Torah portion for the big day.

In addition to regular Sunday Religious School, 6th graders attend a family program once each month. Held on Shabbat mornings, families and students meet both separately and together; students study Haftarah and homelessness while their parents/guardians learn with the clergy about prayer and ritual related to the Bat/Bar Mitzvah. The true highlight of these learning blocks is the communal t'filah (service) with whole families joining together in prayer and study.

7th grade is a full year for students as they attend and celebrate the B'nei Mitzvah of their peers as well as continue meeting with their class on both Religious School and Hebrew School days.

The whole process is met with foci on the following topics:

  • Learning - acquiring the skills needed to lead a service and chant Torah
  • Reflection - searching for personal meaning in Jewish life through a number of lenses
  • Community - connecting with classmates, families, tutors, teachers, clergy, older students, and members of the congregation as they learn what it is like to be responsible in Jewish communal life
  • Accomplishment - creating unique, student-centered and student-driven learning and service opportunities based on their interests and skills
  • Mitzvot - linking large-picture ideas with modern-day practicality

For more, contact Forrest, Director of Youth Education: forrest@ShirTikvah.net





View the B'nei Mitzvah Handbook

B'nei Mitzvah Recordings

These recordings match the numbers on the B'nei Mitzvah Prayer Checklist, found here: 

B'nei Mitzvah Prayer Checklist.doc

Page numbers are from Mishkan T'fillah: A Reform Siddur (Shabbat Edition).

Track 01 Candle blessing (higher) p. 2

Track 01 Candle blessing (lower) p. 2

Track 02 Kiddush p. 5

Track 03 Torah Aliya Blessings p. 250

Track 04 Bar'chu pp. 28 & 108

Track 05 Shma pp. 34 & 114

Track 06 V'ahavta pp. 36 &116

Track 07 Adonai S'fatai Tiftach p. 46

Track 08 Avot pp. 48, 126

Track 09 G'vurot pp. 50, 128

Track 10 Tallit Blessing p. 72

Track 11 Mi Chamocha for Friday night (Friedman) p. 40

Track 11 Mi Chamocha for Shabbat morning (Friedman) with traditional Tzur Yisrael p. 122

Track 12 Chatzi Kaddish p. 106

Track 13 Mourner's Kaddish p. 294

Track 14 Haftarah blessing (before) p. 254

Track 15 Haftarah blessing (after) p. 254

Track 16 Yotzeir Or p. 110

Track 17 Ein Kamocha p. 244

Track 18 Av Ha-rachamim p. 244

Track 19 Ki Mitziyon p. 246

Track 20 Shma (taking out the Torah) p. 248

Track 21 L'cha Adonai p. 248

Track 22 Rom'mu p. 249

Track 23 V'zot HaTorah p. 252

Track 24 Eitz Chayim Hi Version 1 (trad) p. 256

Track 24 Eitz Chayim version 2 (Ki Lekach Tov) p. 256

Track 24 Eitz Chayim Hi Version 3 (Carlebach) p. 256

Track 25 Nisim B'chol Yom p. 80-84

Track 26 Oseh Shalom (Klepper) p. 142

Track 27 Ashrei (trad) p. 97-98

Track 28 Kedushah p. 130

Track 29 Sim Shalom p. 140

Track 31 Aleinu p. 282




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