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In addition to the well planned and exciting curriculum for each grade level, CEJE offers a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program with an original and fresh approach. Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates are each assigned to, and work with, a tutor. Along with their family, each Bar/Bat Mitzvah student meets with our Rabbi for Torah study.  There are several purposes for this meeting:

  • It gives the Rabbi and the student a chance to talk about the meaning of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

  • At this time it is ensured that each candidate is progressing satisfactorily in understanding the service and his/her requirements.

  • The student is given instruction on how to write a drasha (short sermon) from his/her Torah portion.

  • It is a time to ask questions about the service and any other aspect of the process of becoming a Jewish adult.

  • The Rabbi and student get a chance to know each other in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
A short time after this meeting, the Rabbi will again meet individually with each candidate and his/her family to discuss and help create a service which will be most meaningful to their particular needs and religious orientation.
 
This personal attention to individual needs makes each Bar/Bat Mitzvah at CEJE a unique experience. The whole family is invited to participate from beginning to end in this joyous and beautiful Jewish traditon.