Mazal Tov on your child’s approaching Bar or Bat Mitzvah!
We like to think of ourselves as a “boutique synagogue,” where each of our members – young and old – is cared for as an individual. As such, no Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Or Olam is exactly the same.
Many of our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students attend religious school at one of the 92ndSteet Y’s Connect Program campuses. We have found that 92Y Connect provides a remarkably high quality of instruction in the classroom for its weekly Jewish content classes, for both Hebrew language and Torah reading skills. Many months before the child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah approaches, Rabbi Wernick arranges a series of meetings with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and his or her family, to review each step of the synagogue service, ensuring that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is comfortable reading from our Torah scrolls, understands his or her own Torah portion, and can deliver an interesting Torah talk from the Bima. During the year leading into the ceremony we also ask that families make every effort to attend Shabbat services regularly, so that the rhythm of worship becomes natural and – most importantly – so that the whole family all begins to feel at home at Or Olam.
If you are interested in having your child’s celebration of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah with us at Or Olam, please join us for a Shabbat service and chat with our clergy or leadership during the Kiddush luncheon, or be in touch with our office to set up an appointment with Rabbi Wernick.