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Children's Education

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation

Bar & Bat Mitzvah Training for sixth and seventh graders with Rabbi Jill includes:

  • Reading and discussing a section of the Torah together each week, starting at the beginning of the Torah
  • Learning the prayers before and after the Torah and Haftarah
  • Chanting from a Torah portion
  • Chanting from a Haftarah portion
  • Understanding the Torah and Haftarah portions
  • Writing a D'var Torah
  • Learning about the prayer service, holidays, and some Jewish history

Our Unique Approach to Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Our Rabbi studies with each child individually, teaching all the prayers for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service and also how to chant Torah and Haftarah. The children learn about Jewish Holidays and Jewish History. However, the most important and meaningful part of the lessons is reading the Torah together, discussing it, and interpreting it, so that the young person derives meaning and value from the process of Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Children who study the Torah in this manner come away knowing what the Torah says, having an opinion about it, and having a real association with the Torah and Judaism. The lessons provide spiritual and intellectual food for young minds and hearts, and the children actually enjoy the lessons as they grow.

At The Actors’ Temple, each student’s voice is heard and appreciated. We celebrate the diversity of Jewish life and families in Manhattan, and welcome all families and students with an interest in connecting to Judaism. No prior knowledge is required. Children who have not studied Hebrew are welcome.

Class Schedule

Lessons are scheduled after school or on Sundays, at mutually convenient times.

Registration

To inquire about Bar & Bat Mitzvah lessons, please send an email to: info@theactorstemple.org.

If you wish to receive our email Announcements, please send an email to us at info@theactorstemple.org.

Adult Education

Weekly Torah Study

Join us Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM, studying Torah, Prophets, and Writings in English with Rabbi Jill at 96th Street. Please contact us for more details concerning what we are currently studying, and check the weekly bulletin on our Events page before showing up to make sure the class is being held that week.

One Day Hebrew Review

The Actors' Temple participates in the Read Hebrew America and Canada program, a one day review program offered continent wide, in conjunction with the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP.)

Conversion

Study with Rabbi Jill for Conversion, on an individual basis, where your questions will be answered with sensitivity, respect, and thoughtfulness.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Study with Rabbi Jill for an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Discover the deeper meanings in the Torah, learn to chant Torah and Haftarah, have confidence saying the prayers, and feel at home in the service.

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