B’nai Mitzvah at MVHC
Information to Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing a Date
Choose a date by filling out the Date Request Form and sending it to the Office with copies to the Rabbi and Education Director. This date is conditional on the successful fulfillment of the Shabbat and holiday service requirements, and the form must be accompanied by a progress plan on service attendance. It is understood that the student commits to completing their final year in Hebrew School even if the Bar or Bat Mitzvah takes place before the end of the Hebrew School year.
Shabbat and Holiday Service Requirements
Two years before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are required to attend to services/month for nine months. During the year before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students are required to attend three Shabbat or holiday services/month for 9 months. Two of those services must be on a Shabbat or holiday morning. In other words, over the course of the year before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the student must come to 27 services. Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur Kol Nidre morning are a required part of those 27 services. Students are requested to come on time and to dress appropriately for the occasion.
Tutoring begins around 9 months before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah with weekly meetings from 15-30 minutes. Tutoring normally takes place on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. It is important that students come on time for their appointment and come prepared. If they are not able to prepare that week, please let the tutor know in advance so they have the option to reschedule.
Students will learn how to chant Torah, prepare a d'var Torah, and lead select prayers in the service. We adapt our program to each student's strengths and learning styles. The typical components are:
Planning the Service
Shabbat Etiquette at MVHC Services
We try to keep the synagogue and the sanctuary a special and holy place over Shabbat and holidays. Regardless of our home practices, we therefore join to make the sanctuary a place that reflects a Shabbat of connection, holiness, prayer and rest. Therefore, please let your guests know that there is no photography permitted during the service. Use of cell phones and/or electronic devices are not permitted anywhere inside the synagogue or outside the front entrance on Shabbat and holidays. Please refrain from writing in the sanctuary on Shabbat or holidays.
Oneg and Kiddush
It is a Jewish custom to express gratitude to the community for life-cycle events with contributions that help maintain the community. Please consider a contribution to the synagogue in honor of your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Checklist
Payments and Deposit
Dues and school tuition must be paid in full at least three months before event. The fee of $500.00 is required two months prior to event. This fee includes the cost of the audio technician, as well as the set-up and clean up of the Kiddush lunch. You will be billed for any additional service(s) within two weeks after event.
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