Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Preparing Young People for the World

Tamid’s B’nai Mitzvah curriculum was developed by the Tamid team and includes classroom time, private tutorials, family sessions, and 1-1 with the rabbi. Our goal is that by the time your child celebrates “the big day,” they will have formed a knowledge of Jewish thought, history, prayer, and Torah –  concepts that prepare one for life as a mensch – a good human being.

Jewish Prayer
Students will learn the meaning and melodies of the major prayer rubrics of the Shabbat Morning, Shabbat Evening, Havdalah, and the Shabbat Table blessings. Students will be expected to practice at home every day for about 15-20 minutes during the months before their celebration.

Jewish Ethics and Values
Students learn about Jewish ethics to help them navigate the world with an understanding of Jewish values. The ethics framework is based on the threefold relationship that a Jew has with self and society: Ben Adam l’Atzmo, Ben Adam l’Chavero, Ben Adam l’Makom – between person and self, between person and others, and between person and God.

Torah and Peoplehood
“Taking hold of Torah” by helping each student find a personal connection to Torah, Jewish wisdom, and Jewish thought is our goal. Individual and family experiences help the student to see themselves on the continuum of Jewish tradition both as a member of K’lal Yisrael (Jewish People) and their own family of origin.

Hebrew Curriculum
All students will study Hebrew in class and via our online tools, at their individual pace. Students are divided into Hebrew learning sections based on a combination of proficiency and experience. The goals are for students to be able to read Hebrew and to have a prayer vocabulary.

Mitzvah Project
At Tamid, we’re very proud that our students put a heavy dose of “mitzvah” into their b’nai mitzvah experience. During the year leading up to our students’ b’nai mitzvah ceremonies, our rabbi works with them and their families to engage in a mitzvah project that draws on their own interests among the thousands of organizations that seek support.

Where can one celebrate a Bar/Bat/B. Mitzvah?
Celebrate your special day in our sanctuary in New Rochelle, an event space, hotel or restaurant, your home, indoors or outdoors, in Israel and elsewhere abroad. Any space can be made sacred, and we bring our Tamid spirituality wherever we go. We’ll help you arrange your ceremony in a personal way that is special and unique for your family.

Private Training
In some situations, an individual b’nai mitzvah training/tutoring/learning plan can be created with the support of our rabbi and private tutors.