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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

Our primary function is to teach your child the tropes (musical cantillations) for reading the Torah and the Haftorah. However, we always encourage those who have the ability and the interest to do more than the minimum requirement. Please do not hesitate to ask us how to include other family members in the religious component of your celebration.  
Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparations are a significant part of the overall experience leading up to ‘the big day.’ While attendance at a Hebrew School provides a foundation, bar/bat mitzvah lessons focus on cultivating a proficiency in reading from the Torah and Haftorah.

We find that the best results are achieved by meeting with all of our students on a regular basis. The lessons are private and take place weekly for one half hour, beginning 8-10 months before the bar/bat mitzvah. While the lessons focus on teaching the required skills, the 15 minutes of daily practice is equally important to reinforce and build confidence in each child’s ability. A compact disk is provided at the first lesson to assist with home study. 

The only material that you will need to purchase is the Shilo Edition of the Bar Mitzvah booklet corresponding to your child’s parashah. Please bring this to the first lesson. In addition, it is a good investment to purchase a tikkun, particularly if your child will be reading extra sections from the Torah.  

In the weeks preceding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the final lessons take place in the sanctuary using the Sefer Torah and the microphone in order to simulate the actual event and rehearse under more realistic conditions.  

A log is kept with notes on each student’s weekly progress so that we can monitor your son or daughter’s  advancement. Please do not hesitate to inquire about your child’s progress or to review the log.
Attendance at all lessons is important. If for some reason your son or daughter cannot attend the lesson on a given week, please call or email us at the synagogue office to reschedule. We will do our best to accommodate you.
In addition to the private tutoring, the synagogue offers family group bar/bat mitzvah sessions. The dates and topics vary from year to year. Listed below is a sampling of topics we covered this year. More information will be sent to you about these interactive, family-oriented sessions. 
  • Mitzvah Projects – Making a Difference Before the “Big Day”
  • What is Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Shabbat? Torah? Haftorah? D’var Torah?
  • Make Your Own Tallis/Challah Cover
  • Jewish Death and Burial
  • Kashrut Through the Eyes of a Shochet
  • Nostalgia Tour of Historic Jewish Toronto
It is important for your son or daughter to feel comfortable in their shul. We strongly believe that attendance on Shabbat is the only way to adequately balance the preparation for a bar/bat Mitzvah. Often a child’s greatest fear is about what he/she hasn’t prepared for – i.e. When to go up to the Torah, what is the order of events, when in the service does it take place, etc. The only way to adequately answer this question is to see it first hand.

The bar/bat Mitzvah experience is about connecting with your synagogue and your teacher. We are here to make your experience meaningful and enjoyable. 

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Contact Cantor Moses at (416) 783-6106 to learn more about our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, to book your child's lessons, or to inquire about your child's progress.

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