B’nai Mitzvah

The goal of the B’nai Mitz­vah pro­gram at CAS is to equip stu­dents with the tools and knowl­edge nec­es­sary to be an active par­tic­i­pant in wor­ship ser­vices through­out their life­time. Stu­dents begin prepa­ra­tion for B’nai Mitz­vah 6 months prior to their date. They acquire a thor­ough knowl­edge of both Torah and Haf­tarah Trope, and apply that knowl­edge toward learn­ing their assigned mate­r­ial. By the end of their stud­ies, most stu­dents have the skills to learn any other Torah or Haf­tarah por­tion that may be assigned to them in the future.

After Torah is mas­tered, study pro­gresses to the ser­vice itself. Stu­dents progress at their own speed, and have the choice of lead­ing as much of the Fri­day night and Sat­ur­day morn­ing ser­vice as they can learn. Through par­tic­i­pa­tion in Torah Troop, the bi-monthly Shab­bat ser­vice for pre-Bnai Mitz­vah stu­dents, most stu­dents are already famil­iar with many parts of the ser­vice before for­mal tutor­ing begins.

Stu­dents also pre­pare a d’var Torah, which they will present dur­ing the service.