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BNAI SHALOM BAR/BAT MITZVAH PREPARATION


CONGREGATION BNAI SHALOM

1545 Bushkill Street, Easton, PA, 18042
Telephone: 610-258-5343
Fax: 610-330-9100
Never had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

Rabbi Melody will be offering an Adult B’nei Mitzvah program starting in October. This program will provide an intimate and supportive community for students to study liturgy, Hebrew, trope (Torah chanting), and Dvar Torah writing with our clergy. Close bonds form during this journey, which culminates with the empowering experience of reading from the Torah in our sanctuary.


Who is eligible to become an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

Members who have not yet gone through the ritual of Bar or Bat Mitzvah are eligible. If you were not given the opportunity as a child, have converted to Judaism, or have a child/grandchild reaching b’nei Mitzvah age, this is a wonderful time to complete this mitzvah.


What are the requirements?

Academic Component: You must have already completed, or be enrolled in at least one of the following courses during the 2021-2022 school year: One full year of Text Study classes; either Weekly Torah Study, Our Prayers or Judaism for Our Time and the ability to read Hebrew. D’var Torah, Liturgy, Trope Component Students must attend two 3 hour class retreats and complete a series of bi-monthly learning sessions comprised of Hebrew and Trope practice, D'var Torah workshops, and liturgy and service preparation. Classes will begin in October, 2021 (exact dates and times TBD).


When and where is the ceremony?

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:00 am


Does every student read from the Torah?

Yes.


Does every student give a D’var Torah?

No. Every student will write a D’var Torah but only one or two students will give a D’var Torah on behalf of the class.


How do I register?

Contact Rabbi Melody.


Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 1.

We must reach a minimum of 5 participants to offer this opportunity


Celebrating Bar and Bat Mitzvahs:

Shane

Bar Mitzvah of Shane Kassanoff on May 8th

Shane Kassanoff is currently a 7th grader at the Easton Area Middle School. He loves animals, Science, and is passionate about saving the Earth, and all its creatures! He loves the outdoors, nature, going hiking and camping with his Dad. Shane has decided to raise money to help save the Rainforests, in honor of his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 am.

The Bar Mitzvah of Shane will be open to the congregation at Bnai Shalom, but you must wear a mask. If you choose to watch it via zoom please register in advance by calling the office for Zoom links and passcodes.

Rainforest Alliance Bar Mitzvah Project: For my Bar Mitzvah Project, I want to help save the Rainforests. The Rainforests are being destroyed by deforestation. Saving rainforests helps our climate and protect our most endangered species. Animals are being forced out of their natural habitats. Global Warming is causing more wildfires, droughts and floods. This is why I want to raise funds for the Rainforest Alliance.

Rainforest Alliance envisions a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. Please help me save the Rainforests by making a donation in honor of my Bar Mitzvah to the following: https://www.rainforest-alliance.org

Iris

Bat Mitzvah of Iris Heter on May 15th

I am Iris Heter. I go to school at Stroudsburg Middle School and I am in 7th grade. I play the baritone in the band at my school and my favorite subject is English. I also snowboard in the wintertime and I love going to the beach in the summer. When I grow up I want to be some kind of designer.

My Torah portion is Numbers. It talks about counting everyone who could serve in the army. To serve in the army you had to be over 18 and male. A commentary says that anything that is counted cannot lose its identity. My question is: “Are the women’s and kids’ identities being erased?” The Jewish Women's Archive ensures no more Jewish women’s stories are erased, and instead shared. It's important to learn about the stories of these women, so their legacies and traditions are passed down.

Please help me ensure that Jewish women’s achievements are celebrated by making a donation in honor of my Bat Mitzvah to the following: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E5371&id=7 (Iris is wearing the tee shirt the Jewish Women's Archive sent her to thank her for fundraising.)

My Bat Mitzvah is May 15, 2021 at 10:30 am.