What should I expect on the day of the B’nai Mitzvah?
You will arrive at the synagogue 45 minutes before the service starts for a final rehearsal and some words from a member of the Board.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah will be called up to lead some prayers and to read from the Torah. In addition, parents will have a chance to offer a special blessing upon their child.  

How do I get a B’nai Mitzvah scheduled?
If you are new to Congregation Rodeph Shalom and would like to schedule your child a Bar/Bat Mitzvah please contact our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator Esther Troetschel by email, etroetschel@rodephshalom.org or phone: 267-930-7284. She will guide you through the process of setting you up for a B’nai Mitzvah and help get you a date. 

Is there a fee for a B’nai Mitzvah?
There is not a fee for a B’nai Mitzvah, however there are fees for tutoring and requirements that must be met.  The B’nai Mitzvah student must be enrolled in Berkman Mercaz Limud for at least 4th-6th grade and the family must be members in good standing of Rodeph Shalom.  In addition, there is a $1200 fee for tutoring which is paid in two $600 installments. 

When will my child’s tutoring start?
Tutoring will start approximately 6 months before your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.  About 2 weeks before that our B’nai Mitzvah coordinator will reach out to you with tutor’s availability.  Once a time is selected she will set you up with your tutor so you can begin. 

How frequently is tutoring?
Once a student starts their tutoring they will meet with their tutor weekly for 30 minute sessions.

What should I expect from a tutoring session?
Each session will last 30 minutes with the student and the tutor working together on a verse of Torah, any Haftarah and making progress on their blessings. Tutors will teach all the liturgy that the student will need to know on the day of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  The students will be aided in their learning by recordings made by Cantor Hyman and by a packet of all materials that they will be given before they start their tutoring. 

When will my B’nai Mitzvah launch meeting be scheduled?
Your B’nai Mitzvah launch meeting with Rabbi Maderer will take place 7-8 months before the date of your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  If that time has passed or you have any concerns feel free to reach out to our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator Esther Troetschel by email, etroetschel@rodephshalom.org or phone: 267-930-7284.

Who do I contact if I have questions or want more information about the B’nai Mitzvah process?You can contact our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Esther Troetschel by email, etroetschel@rodephshalom.org or phone: 267-930-7284.