A bar or bat mitzvah is an important landmark in the religious life of our young people. To be thirteen is to stand between two worlds: The past of childhood and the promise of adulthood. The teen years are the bridge between them. An important aspect of becoming a b'nei mitzvah at Congregation Achduth Vesholom is that the experience helps provide our young people with the kinds of strengths (discipline, self-reliance, spiritual discovery, capacity for abstract thinking) they will need to navigate the journey toward a meaningful adult religious life.
Our students in grades 4-6 receive additional Hebrew instruction during the week to supplement their religious education. A tutor typically begins to work with the student 9-12 months prior to the bar or bat mitzvah service. We work individually with each student to ensure Hebrew proficiency and to assist them with the process. The rabbi works with the student to place the b'nei mitzvah in the context of the student's life, works with the student to understand the meaning of the prayers and Torah portion, monitors the progress with the tutor, reviews completed projects and helps the student develop a D'var Torah.
For more information, contact Rabbi Meir Bargeron.