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Choosing Judaism

Bar and Bat Mitzvah as an Adult


 

What does it means to be a son or daughter of the commandments?  Jewish tradition says that when a person reaches the age of majority (12 for girls, 13 for boys) they are to be counted as part of the quorum of the community and that they are responsible to see to their own observance of the commandments. It is a widespread custom to observe this moment as a celebration for the community.

For a variety of reasons many people were not celebrated in this manner. An Adult Bat or Bar Mitzvah is an opportunity for both celebration and for deeper study of Judaism, prayer and Hebrew.

The Adult Bat/Bar Mitzvah program consists of learning Hebrew, attending our learners' minyan and joining us for Torah Study. We will offer formal training to prepare people to read Torah for the community.

1) Hebrew language study (2 options)

Introductory Prayerbook Hebrew
Wednesdays, 6:30–8 pm, February 17–April 21
Participants will learn to read and pronounce the letters of the Hebrew alef-bet. In addition to familiarity with the prayerbook, basic blessings and core parts of the liturgy will be provided.  This class requires no prior knowledge of Hebrew.

Adult Intermediate Hebrew
Sundays, 1–2 pm (ongoing)
Prayer book Hebrew for the advanced beginner, focusing on reading and deeply understanding prayers from the siddur. Email instructor Noa Levy for more information.

2) Prayer and Torah

We strongly encourage candidates to attend the learners' minyan and to participate in Torah study. Our learners' minyan (prayer service) and Torah study meet on Saturday mornings. 

3) Bar / Bat Mitzvah Training

In-depth study of liturgy and trope (the cantillation of the Torah) with Cantor Toby Glaser will commence in the Fall of 2021 and continue to June 2022. The class will culminate in a Adult Bar / Bat Mitzvah ceremony for the whole community in June of 2022.

Sat, July 24 2021 15 Av 5781