Bar / Bat Mitzvah

At Schara Tzedeck our co-educational bar/bat mitzvah educational program for boys and girls ages 11-13 is a family affair.  Celebrants and their parents or guardians learn jointly to help prepare for this important milestone.  Together with Rabbi Rosenblatt, they explore what it means to become a bar/bat mitzvah and take on the responsibilities and mitzvah obligations of Jewish adulthood.

Boys are encouraged to enhance their bar mitzvah experience by learning with Rabbi Tzvi Goldman or Reverend Joseph Marciano to read their bar mitzvah day Torah portion and Haftorah, as well as the skills to lead prayers.  (To contact either Rabbi Goldman or Rev. Maricano, please call the shul office at 604-736-7607.)

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program at Schara Tzedeck is a benefit of synagogue membership.

Highlights of the program:

  • Classes meet every other Monday at 5:15pm from after Sukkot until the end of the academic year, and include a pizza supper. 
  • Fun activities and field trips
  • Topics covered include:  Familiarization with the prayers; life-cycle events; understanding mitzvoth; peer pressure in a secular culture; the importance of ritual.
  • D’var Torah - Approximately two months before the bar/bat mitzvah celebration Rabbi Rosenblatt meets privately with each student to assist with writing a d’var Torah and help prepare the celebrant for his/her big day. 
  • Chessed project - Bar and bat mitzvah students learn to give back to their community by taking on a chessed project collectively and individually.  Beneficiary agencies of previous projects include: Louis Brier Home and Hospital, Jewish Family Services, NCSY Schara Tzedeck, Kollel, Jewish Community Centre, Jewish National Fund, Greater Vancouver Jewish Federation and other Jewish agencies. 

To book your child’s bar or bat mitzvah, please call 604-736-7607.  If you need assistance determining your child’s bar or bat mitzvah date, please call Rabbi Rosenblatt 778-836-7607, or check here: Chabad Calendar

 

Tue, 12 December 2017 24 Kislev 5778