B’Nai Mitzvah Projects

Putting Mitzvah into the B’nai Mitzvah

What is it?
You’re wondering in this whole b'nai mitzvah process: “How can I help others?” We guide you to help you give back to the community in honor of your bar/bat mitzvah. It is also a way for you to come to understand how to pursue a lifetime of giving back through time and action commitments.

Where do I start?
Well, we all know the traditional four questions recited at the Passover seder—Ma nishtana haleila hazeh…. But here is a different set of four questions - and these questions will help in your quest to pick your mitzvah!

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What do I like to do?
  3. What bothers me so much in this world that I feel I want to do whatever I can to change it?
  4. Does my family have a connection with an organization or cause?

And finally: When do I start? (okay, that’s number 5!)

Finding a Mitzvah Project:
Deciding what you want to do for a Mitzvah Project can be a daunting task. Remember - it can connect to your parsha, or simply to your interests. More than anything you should truly care about the work you are doing.

It is never too early to get started on your project but we should meet at least four months prior to “the big day.” Set up a meeting with Rabbi Rudin erudin@larchmonttemple.org or call (914) 834-6120 x128 to brainstorm ideas, develop thoughts, and make decisions. Meetings will take approximately one half hour. Suggested times are…

Sundays 12:15PM, 12:45PM
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 3:00PM, 5:30PM, 6:00PM

Already know what you want to do? No problem — just confirm your idea with Rabbi Rudin before you begin.


B'nai Mitzvah Resources

Understanding Your Parsha

Torah Blessings

These videos will give you a chance to hear and see the text for the blessings before and after the reading of the Torah. Before the reading:

After the reading:

HAFTARAH BLESSINGS

These audio recordings from Cantor Scher will give you a chance to hear the blessings before and after the reading of the Hafarah:

 

Before the reading:

After the reading:

Torah Trope

Need a refresher on the basic trope symbols for chanting Torah? Click here to view the "KESHER Trope Traveler" used during the 6th grade curriculum. You also can hear audio from Cantor Scher of the last page in each section of the Traveler by clicking the links below:

Etnachta: 

Sof-Pasuk:

Katon: 

R'vi'i:

T'vir:

Adonai S'fatai Tiftach, Avot & G'vurot