Dear Friends –
One of our greatest pleasures is the opportunity we have to learn with youngsters on the verge of their teen years. In that regard, each of us plays a key role in preparing the children of Sinai Temple to become Bar and Bat Mitzvah and then move on into further learning in our 8th, 9th, and Tenth Grade programs. Cantor Levson works individually with each child on the reading and chanting of prayers plus the Torah and Haftarah portions. Rabbi Shapiro meets with each Bar/Bat Mitzvah family privately to shape their service experience and then works as well with each child individually. We enrich the whole process in Sixth Grade with a weekend retreat for all students and then continue with special programming through Seventh Grade. By the time a child is ready to participate in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, we know that child well. We know the family well, and we hope that the process has been sacred and beautiful for everyone. If you have any questions for either of us, please be in touch. We think the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process at Sinai can truly be a milestone in your family’s Jewish life!
Education Requirements for Becoming A Bar/Bat Mitzvah
means that if the child becomes Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Seventh Grade, he or she
must be enrolled in, attend, and complete the Seventh Grade Sunday, and mid-week
Hebrew programs. (There is a minimum requirement of three years in
our Sunday and Hebrew programs for anyone moving into the area after Third
Sinai Temple Religious School will make every reasonable effort to meet the needs of special needs learners. Parents of children with documented special needs may, in addition, elect to provide individual Hebrew tutoring for their children based on the following criteria:
Exceptions to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah requirement policies will be considered if submitted in writing to the Religious School Committee. The Committee will respond in writing within seven days following its next regularly scheduled meeting. If the family is not satisfied, they may seek review of their request by the Sinai Temple Board of Trustees. (All decisions of The Board of Trustees are final).
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