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The school curriculum and programs help prepare the students for the service and Torah reading on their special day. In the spring of the Dalet class year, families receive their dates for their child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our Vav class service is held in the Mandell Sanctuary where the students lead the congregation in prayer and read Torah, thus acquainting the students with the bimah and removing its “mystery”. Vav students work with our rabbis during religious school on a regular basis, learning how to look at and understand Torah in preparation for writing their individual D’var Torah (a short lesson from the Torah portion). Hey and Vav families participate in a series of family educational programs that focus on preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
All Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are required to spend 13 to 18 hours on a personal/family mitzvah activity. This is usually begun a year prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. They are also required to attend eight services in the main congregation to gain a familiarity with the service.