About Bar & Bat Mitzvah

ABOUT BAR & BAT MITZVAH

We often hear it said that perhaps 16 would be a better age for Bar & Bat Mitzvah, as the middle school years can be such an awkward time. In my experience, however, the Sages placed this important milestone at just the right age . . .

Would you like your child to develop a strong, deep connection to Judaism and increased self-understanding in the course of Bar or Bat Mitzvah training?

western sugar maple leafWoven into the process of teaching the Bar & Bat Mitzvah traditions, prayers and melodies is what I call the “quiet work”. Based firmly on the core Jewish value that each soul is precious, with a special place and purpose, I gently help my Bar & Bat Mitzvah students discover their personal strengths and talents, and their unique spiritual nature. We search out the places in our tradition where the student can make meaningful connections, and become excited to learn more about ways the Jewish path can uphold and guide them as they move forward into adult life.

So, while the external process – Torah, Haftarah, prayers and Mitzvah Project remains somewhat fixed, the internal process of preparing for Bar or Bat Mitzvah becomes a journey uniquely tailored to your child’s personality and strengths.

Here are some of the things we will cover:

  • We will learn both how to read Hebrew and also why Hebrew is a valuable key to the beauty of Jewish learning and practice.
  • We will learn about the hidden order in the service that was created by the Sages to stimulate and strengthen our awareness each time we participate in it.
  • We will learn how the melodies of the Bible and the Siddur (prayerbook) highlight and deepen the meaning of the words.
  • We will discover that our sacred writings contain timeless, relevant wisdom that can be translated into practical application in everyday life.
  • And, we will learn how to learn. I specialize in helping my students develop individualized study habits, that help them accomplish their projects with a sense of joy and pride. These are valuable skills that can be carried over into regular school, sports, music lessons, and any other activity that requires learning strategies and thoughtful discipline in the service of growth and achievement.

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Rose image, Rabbi Shula StevensI teach my students to embrace a growth-oriented mindset, rather than a “perfectionist” model, and I specialize in helping my students create study habits that lead to accomplishing their projects with a sense of joy and pride. These are valuable skills that can be carried over into school, sports, music lessons, and any other activity that requires learning strategies and thoughtful discipline in the service of growth and genuine, soul-satisfying achievement.

Your student will be well-trained, and more importantly, excited and confident on the day of their Bar & Bat Mitzvah. It is my goal that each student comes away from their studies and ceremony with an increased maturity, spirit of inquiry, self-awareness and pride in their Jewish heritage – right at the age when they need it most!

Please see my Training and The Ceremony pages for answers to some frequently asked questions.

To schedule an initial session or for more information about Bar and Bat Mitzvah, please feel free to call me at [916] 442-7315,
or email me at info@rabbishulastevens.net.
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I would love to hear from you.
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