Mazel tov to our B’nai Mitzvah students! Kol Ami welcomes your becoming fully responsible members of our community, and we hope to support you as you study and prepare for this next step.
Reaching the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a major milestone in the life of a child, his or her family, and the entire congregation. We are thrilled to watch children grow up in the community, attend JCEP, join us at services, and become more and more at home with Jewish living. After achieving the status of Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we encourage our teens to become madrichim/counselors in JCEP, to join our High School class with Dr. Richard Ruth, and to plan other fulfilling milestones as they grow older.
Our B’nai Mitzvah services follow traditional lines but offer an opportunity for creative expressions of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student. See the Shabbat Morning Melodies (below) to listen to the melodies that Kol Ami usually uses at its services. We are sensitive to the differing needs, backgrounds, and level of comfort of each child with public performance.
Children (and their parents) interested in becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah are encouraged to review the Kol Ami Bnai Mitzvah Handbook, the FAQs for Kol Ami B’nai Mitzvahs, and Securing Shabbat Hosts for B’nai Mitzvahs.
Several Kol Ami members may be available to work with your child and family to provide B’nai Mitzvah consultation and/or training; we also recommend a number of tutors in Northern Virginia. B’nai Mitzvah students and their families hold an initial meeting with Rabbi Gilah at the start of the process, and then another once or twice during the year before the service. A rehearsal is held the week of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
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Following are the Shabbat morning melodies that Kol Ami uses at many of our services, that Bnai Mitzvah students typically learn. Thanks to Rabbi Toba Spitzer at Dorshei Tzedek for her recordings, as well as to Rabbi Gilah Langner. Thanks also to Nava Tehila for their Oseh Shalom melody. The page numbers are from the Kol Haneshamah Shabbat Siddur.
|Amidah, 1st & 2nd blessings||295|
|Shma, Echad, Gadlu||393|
|Etz Hayim 1||441|
|Etz Hayim 2||441|