Adulthood into Judaism, or becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a rite of passage. We believe strongly that no one should be denied the opportunity to express their commitment to adult Jewish living and we will work to make that possible. Students learn as much of the Shabbat service as possible. This allows them to be able to participate in a service anywhere in the world. B’nai Portland always wants this process in a child’s life to be fun, positive and rewarding.

  • Preparation is offered for children as they approach Bar/Bat Mitzvah age, or any age thereafter. Students with special needs are encouraged and welcomed to come to Torah.
  • Students learn as many Aliyot (sections of Torah) as the family desires, usually a minimum of 3, made up of 3-5 individual lines of Torah. This amount is altered if a child is special needs.
  • Students study their Torah portion in English, discussing the characters of the story, the lessons we are to glean from the passages, and ultimately will write a D’var (Torah commentary) to share at their service.
  • Programs are customized to the individual’s learning ability, Hebrew reading proficiency and other factors. Rabbi Laura believes it’s about the process not the product. Your child learns about themselves as they study and learn.