Congregation Tikkun v'Or is proud to have a dynamic and highly individualized b'nai mitzvah program.
Students in Sunday Religious School classes study Jewish history, Torah, mitzvot (commandments), ethics, rituals, holidays, and Hebrew. In sixth grade, the Wednesday class helps develop Hebrew reading and prayer skills. In seventh grade, students prepare for becoming bnai mitzvah. Prayer, Torah study, and middot (ethical characteristics) are all part of the curriculum.
Our small classes allow for each student and family to choose a bar/bat mitzvah date close to the actual Hebrew birthday, with the themes of the parashot (portions) in mind. About 6 months before the bar/bat mitzvah, students start working individually, learning to chant the Torah parasha and the Haftorah. Most students also prepare to lead many sections of the Friday night and Saturday morning services. Each student studies the meanings and commentaries on the parasha, and writes a d'var Torah (commentary) of their own.
Students work with Cantor Abbe Lyons in the midweek class and for individual tutoring. Rabbi Brian Walt meets with the families and with each student several times during the bnai mitzvah preparation process, and leads the bar/bat mitzvah service.
Students of all abilities, with various learning challenges and gifts, are all encouraged to challenge themselves, to take responsibility for their learning, and to use this opportunity to explore their own Jewish identity. Students are encouraged to make the commitment to continue Jewish learning after their bar/bat mitzvah with further study and by becoming madrichim (assistants) at Religious School.
Download our current B'nai Mitzvah Handbook here
2017 B'nai Mitzvah:
Saturday, April 22 Sabine Zentner, daughter of Laurie Willick and Alexi Zentner
Saturday, April 29 Robby Bael, son of Tim Bael and Sandra Thananart
Saturday, June 10 Sasha Gozen-Keck, daughter of Julia Gozen and Tom Keck
Saturday, June 10 Raia Gutman, daughter of Wendy and Aron Gutman
Saturday, June 17 Max Rubenstein-Miller, son of Eric Miller and Sarah Rubinstein-Gillis
Saturday, November 18 Amelia Colbdorf, daughter of Sherry Colb and Michael Dorf
2016 B'nai Mitzvah:
Saturday, April 9 Samuel, son of Paul and Dorothy Debbie
Saturday, April 16 Badyn, daughter of Monica Touesnard and Mark Milstein
Saturday, June 11 Maya, daughter of Tamar Kushnir and Ted Blanchard
Saturday, June 18 Maryn, daughter of Denise Witlin and Brian Horvath
Saturday, September 3 Ariel, daughter of Ariel Gold and Sebatian deCombray
Sunday, September 4 Jemma & Silas Andersen, daughter & son of Allison & Tim Andersen
Saturday, November 19 Duffy Berkowtiz, son of Kenny Berkowitz and Bridget Meeds