The B'nai Mitzvah students are taught in smaller groups. We prefer the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to take place during the last part of the student's 13th year rather than on the 13th birthday, allowing for greater maturity for this important transitional ritual.
The training is not onerous, but does become gradually more intensive. It includes individual time with the primary teachers, study time at home with a chevruta (study) partner, home study, and family sessions. Additionally, seventh graders are expected to occasionally assist with programming for the little ones during Shabbat services.
Hebrew is part of the Jewish experience. It is a sublime and necessary experience to be able to read from the Torah in its original form, as well as to achieve a comfort level in the prayer service. It is one of the primary connections to lineage teachings. We ask families to be proactive in helping the young person acquire Hebrew. The use of technology (CD-ROMs, etc.), tutors and family study are all very useful tools for acquisition. Semi-private tutoring is also available with our qualified teachers.