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B’nai Mitzvah @ Rodef Shalom

B’nai Mitzvah Program for grades 6-7

We see each child as an individual and know that no family has the same set of circumstances. If you are interested in our B'nei Mitzvah program please contact Rabbi Carrie to discuss your families needs and more details of the program. 


  • Students wishing to participate in the B'nai Mitzvah program at Rodef Shalom need to be enrolled in Passport to Jewish Learning (our religious school program.) 

  • During 5th Grade, families will have an individual conference with the Rabbi to evaluate the student's Judaic knowledge and Hebrew skills, and discuss plans for the scheduling of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, which will be arranged to occur sometime during the Grade 7 year.


Grade 6 is the formal commencement of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah training process. Students in this educational year will be expected to participate in two complimentary venues: a weekly Wednesday class and a once a month Shabbat Shmooze with Rabbi Kobrin. Students can also participate in a twice monthly Wednesday zoom class to practice prayers. These activities will serve to (a) solidify the sense of community that has been forming during previous years PJL or day school participation, (b) instill a context for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah training that considers both history and ethics, and (c) familiarize the student with the Shabbat and weekday morning services, including tallit and tefillin, and the overall synagogue environment.

Sometime in the course of Grade 6, each student will initiate a relationship with a private tutor with whom he/she will meet weekly in order to train in the skills of Torah reading, Haftarah reading, and leading Services.  The Rabbi maintains an updated list of recommended tutors, which is presented to each family at the time of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date confirmation.  Families may petition to engage alternate instructors, as well.  All instructors are expected to train the child in a fashion that will enable further participation beyond the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

Students continue to attend programs throughout Grade 7 and, as they approach their individual dates of celebration, the Rabbi will schedule their participation in leading a small portion of the Shabbat Morning Service so that they might become acclimated to dynamics of the bimah.  In addition, a series of rehearsals will be scheduled by the private tutor so that the student might practice reading from the appropriate Torah scroll and become familiarized with the choreography of the leadership spaces.

For more information, contact Rabbi Kobrin.

If you are interested in registering your child(ren), please contact Rabbi Carrie.  Registration Forms can be accessed in the Downloads box above.




Wed, February 8 2023 17 Shevat 5783