Bar and Bat Mitzvah
At Kane Street we take the occasion of becoming a Bar and Bat Mitzvah very seriously and celebrate with great joy. Children are taught about the meaning of the Mitzvot (commandments), about social responsibility and about the services. Prior to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah they fulfill educational requirements and participate in Tzedakah projects. During the service they lead by chanting parts of the Torah, Haftarah and service, and by delivering a D’var Torah, an original teaching before the Congregation. The Sanctuary is alive with support and encouragement, not just from their family and close friends, but from the entire community who join to celebrate.
Specific preparation for Torah and Haftorah fluency occurs mostly during the year before the child’s celebration. Students generally meet with a tutor to learn the Haftarah and Torah Cantillation and other parts of the service and meet with Rabbi Weintraub to write a D’var Torah. At times students meet with their parents to learn about the meaning of Mitzvah, covenant and rituals such as Tallit and Tefillin, and to develop their service projects, which include volunteering their time and donating part of their gifts to charitable causes.