Bar Mitzvah Discovery Course


As boys approach the age of Bar Mitzvah, preparations for their big day begin. Our course on basic Jewish traditions and Bar Mitzvah training includes stimulating discussions and presentations on intriguing areas of Jewish life that the children will not have encountered in Hebrew School or dayschool. These sessions will provide the child with valuable information that will prepare them for a most meaningful Bar Mitzvah. This program will ignite in them a love and pride in their Judaism and will help them define who they are as Jews.

For 11-1/2 to 13 year olds, 6th and 7th graders.


The Bar Mitzvah Discovery Course includes the following:

    The Meaning Of Bar Mitzvah - A deep appreciation and  understanding of this transformational life cycle event.   General life cycle overview.
    Special Mitzvot Connected with Bar Mitzvah Understand the meaning and traditions connected with the Talit and Teffilin. Learn how they are made, why we wear them, what makes them Kosher. How to put them on and care for them. This unit also includes hands-on learning  
    experience of the following Mitzvot: Shabbat, Jewish home  and Family Life (e.g.Kashrut, Mezzuzah and Peace In The   
    Home), Tzedakah. (Each boy will choose one or more of thabove Mitzvot to be his Mitzvah project for his  Bar Mitzvah).
    Torah, Haftorah and Blessings - An overview of the origins, traditions and customs connected with the reading of the Torah   and Haftorah. The boys will learn the blessings  before and after the reading of the Torah and Haftorah,  their meaning as well as how they are chanted inHebrew.
    Tefila—the hows whys and whens of prayer. Understanding the significance of our prayers and how to find a personal  connections with the pages of the siddur.

Please contact us for the schedule and more information.