Adult B’nei Mitzvah

At Central Synagogue

The Adult B’nei Mitzvah program at Central provides an intimate and supportive community for students to study liturgy, Hebrew, trope (Torah chanting), and Dvar Torah writing with our clergy. Close bonds form during this journey, which culminates with the empowering experience of reading from the Torah in our sanctuary.

Who is eligible to become an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

Central Synagogue members who have not yet gone through the ritual of Bar or Bat Mitzvah are eligible. If you were not given the opportunity as a child, have converted to Judaism, or have a child/grandchild reaching b’nei Mitzvah age, this is a wonderful time to complete this mitzvah.

What are the requirements?

Academic Component

You must have already completed, or be enrolled in at least one of the following courses during the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Melton (both first- and second-year students are eligible)
  • One full year of Text Study classes; either Talmud or Weekly Torah Study
  • One full year of Hebrew classes either at Central or another institution.
    (Please note: Central currently doesn not offer Hebrew courses. We recommend classes through 92Y, JCC Manhattan, or Fluent City.)
  • Students who have completed Cantor Cadrain’s Back to Basics class in the past are also eligible.
D’var Torah, Liturgy, Trope Component, Hebrew*

Students must attend a class retreat and complete a series of 9 learning sessions comprised of Hebrew and Trope practice, D'var Torah workshops, and liturgy and service preparation. Students may choose either Monday mornings (11:45am-12:45pm) or Tuesday evenings (5:45-6:45pm) – students may not alternate between morning and evening tracks. Classes will begin in October, 2017 (exact dates and times TBD).

*Hebrew sessions are only required for those who are new to the language.

Kick-off Retreat: Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00am-5:00pm • Community House

Mondays, 11:45am-12:45pm

Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm

Dress rehearsals (both Monday and Tuesday classes):
Thursday, April 19, 5:30pm • Sanctuary
Thursday, April 25, 5:30pm • Sanctuary

Community Service Component

If community service is not already a regular part of your life, we offer many volunteer opportunities at Central to help you get involved.

When and where is the ceremony?

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary (our community will be gathered together for the final day of Passover).

Does every student read from the Torah?

Yes. Each student will read at least one line of Hebrew. The Hebrew lessons and service preparation will prepare you.

Does every student give a D’Var Torah?

No. Every student will write a D’var Torah but only one or two students will give a D’var Torah at the service on behalf of the class.

How do I register?

Contact Laura Kim or register online by clicking on the link below.

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Deadline to register is Monday, May 1. We must reach a minimum of 15 participants to offer this opportunity.