Bar/Bat Mitzvah at CBS
Planning for the Bar
begins long before your child begins learning his or her Haftarah
. It begins back at the beginning of Hebrew School, or in the early grades at Solomon Schechter Day School. Gaining comfort with the Hebrew, the chanting of prayers, attending services are all part of the process.
But in fifth grade or so, a couple of years before your son or daughter's 13th birthday, you will get "The Date." Now what?
Start off by taking a look at Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Guide CBS' .
It will give you a good overview of what to expect and when. Print it out and keep it on the refrigerator!
Come to services on Shabbat
morning, or any other time. Coming to services is the best way for the entire family to approach the Bar
date with confidence. Your child will learn much about the service, its logistics and the prayers. Choose to attend one of our special Family-Friendly Alternative Services
if you prefer
About a year before your simcha
, you and your child will attend a nine-week class called "Trope Class"
. We hold Trope
Class on Sunday mornings, meeting from 8:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Parents and kids attend a learners' minyan
followed (usually) by brunch. After brunch the kids study with Ritual Director Naomi Weiss and parents study with Rabbi Wolkin.
Questions about the Congregation Beth Shalom Bar/Bat Mitzvah
program can be directed to either Cantor Stoehr
or Naomi Weiss