B’nai Mitzvah can be defined as a gateway to adolescence. It is the beginning of a process to becoming not only a Jewish adult through mitzvot but a productive member of the community. We affirm the road may not always be smooth and there are surprises around every corner. We look forward to navigating challenges and celebrating accomplishments along with you.
The B’nai Mitzvah process at Temple Chai is inclusive for parents and grandparents. This is not a drop-off program and we invite loving participation and guidance along the way. While this webpage offers resources, Cantor Wolman is available via phone at (602) 971-1234 or email at email@example.com to answer your questions.
What are the components of Temple Chai's B'nai Mitzvah program?
Group learning on Sundays: Students will learn to decode Hebrew, develop a basic vocabulary, and build an understanding of the Hebrew texts from Torah and Liturgy.
Torah Reading: Students will learn the system of Ta’amei Mikra (Torah Trope) and chant from the Torah scroll.
Mitzvah Project: Students will encounter core Jewish values through an independently run community service project. Many of students have continued their projects long after the B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.
B'nai Mitzvah Club: The semester prior to the B’nai Mitzvah service, students will attend The B’nai Mitzvah Club on Wednesday afternoons with a few Shabbat experiences. Through informal education, they will explore the meaning behind the prayers with our skilled teaching staff and learn Torah Trope with Cantor Wolman. Shabbat gatherings will focus on community, meaning, and fun.
Interactions with Rabbi and Cantor: During the year leading up to the service, there are a number of interactions with our Rabbis and Cantor to help deepen the B’nai Mitzvah journey. There will be opportunities to get to know each other, learn together, and prepare for the B’nai Mitzvah service. Our Rabbis & Cantor are always available for consultation; call the office at any time to schedule a meeting. For more details on these interactions, see the B’nai Mitzvah Guide Book, available via the button at the bottom of the page.
Scheduling your B’nai Mitzvah Service After your child’s 11th birthday, Joan Neer will be in touch to schedule the service date. If you have any questions, you can contact Joan at 602-971-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.