Each family attends one private study session with clergy.
Families have an Initial Meeting with one of the cantors to outline the B’nai Mitzvah service training process.
Your child begins twenty-minute weekly lessons with a tutor.
Each family attends Shabbat services at CRS to become familiar with the B’nai Mitzvah service.
For the blessings chanted before and after the reading of the Torah and Haftarah, please click here.
For audio recordings of the blessings chanted before and after the reading of the Torah and Haftarah, please see below:
3–6 months before your B’nai Mitzvah date (7th Grade)
Learning and Intention
You and your child now understand the components of the sacred journey and know the next steps to take to reach your milestone.
Your child begins working with one of our rabbis on their d’var Torah (speech).
1 month before your B’nai Mitzvah date
The Joy of Leadership
As you near your simcha (celebration), final preparations are made so your child can feel confident on the bimah.
Your child meets again with the officiating rabbi for further edits to the d’var Torah.
You receive information about selecting family members for aliyot (honors to the Torah) and other honors.
The week of your B’nai Mitzvah
Purpose, Pride, Belonging
Mazal tov! You are about to embark on the most sacred journey of all—that of living a full Jewish life.
Family rehearsal with the officiating Cantor on Wednesday or Thursday.
Get plenty of rest!
Beyond B’nai Mitzvah
We envision that all our B’nai Mitzvah continue their learning and growth through CRS Teen Programming including Confirmation and the Berlin trip in the 10th Grade. Post their B’nai Mitzvah date, teens will be invited to attend a Mazel Tov dinner with youth staff and clergy to celebrate and hear about all of our teen program offerings.
Whatever your teen’s interest, we have it all…
Social outings, trips, and more!
Keep the Experience Going!
Trips—8th grade social action trip to New Orleans, 9th grade political advocacy trip to Washington, DC, 10th grade Confirmation trip to Berlin
Internship—Interns choose from a selection of areas of the synagogue to work in for an hour a week to discover a different side of their CRS community and enjoy a unique résumé-building experience. This is a paid internship.
Madrichim Program (Teacher Assistant)—Teens work in the Religious School on Monday and/or Wednesday afternoons 4–6pm. Receive compensation or community service hours.
Tuesday Nights—(weekly, 5–7pm) provide our teens with an opportunity to be together for social and educational programing taught by the clergy
10th Grade Confirmation—the next major milestone in Jewish life after B’nai Mitzvah. Working with our clergy, you will wrestle with some of life’s big questions. Discover your own answers as you experience a trip to Berlin and study sessions where three tracks are offered and you pick the one that suits you best.
Monthly Social Action—Love mitzvah work? Join us monthly for community service projects.
Holiday Series—Celebrate the Jewish holidays with us through creative programming.
HeyGirlHey/Brodeph Sholom for 8th/9th graders—These are monthly groups for guys and girls, led by our youth professionals, that draw on Jewish wisdom and practice as they explore an array of topics relevant to their lives.
Youth Group (CRuSTY)—Through fun events and thoughtful planning, teens engage in programs that are either social, social action or education based. Leadership opportunities are possible as well.