RAISING THE BAR: A PATH TO B’NEI MITZVAH 

As we prepare for your upcoming celebrations, prospective b’nei mitzvah are invited to participate in a group service at Temple Emanu-El on Saturday, June 7, 2025. Alternatively,  you may choose to celebrate at your local congregations – to be discussed with your hometown clergy. For those who are currently unaffiliated and live outside of the NY area, we can match you with a local synagogue. 

 Requirements:

  1. Attendance at/viewing of all Yesod sessions. If you missed any, you can watch them here.
  2. Submission of intake form by April 1, 2024. Registration is only open to students who are participating in Yesod Year I.
  3. Individual intake meeting via Zoom with Cantor Nancy Bach to address questions and personal issues. 
  4. Participation in four group classes, online and in-person, to learn to decode Hebrew and learn basic trope (how to chant Torah). Students can choose to attend Group 1 classes on October 23, 30, November 6 and 13, 2024 or Group 2 classes on November 20, December 4, 11 and 18, 2024. All sessions are from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
  5. Participation in four Introduction to Liturgy classes, offered both in-person and online, with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer of the Hadar Institute on February 25, March 4, March 11 and March 18, 2025 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 
  6. Individual study of your Torah or Haftorah portion from a recording provided to you, with your progress monitored in monthly 30-minute individual virtual check-in sessions.
  7. Composition of your own drash (an explanation of/reaction to your Torah or Haftorah portion). These will be collected, published and shared with the group.   
Office Hours/Support:  Cantor Bach is available via email at nancy@emanuelstreickernyc.org.

Individual intake virtual office hours:
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM on:
April 15, 16, 17, 18, 29, 30
May 1 and 2

Monthly office hours will provide students with support through 15 or 30-minute check-ins from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, by appointment, on:
October 9, 2024
November 13, 2024
December 11, 2024
January 8, 2025
February 12, 2025
March 12, 2025
April 9, 2025
May 14, 2025


Fee: $1000
Includes classes, tutoring, (8) individual meetings and b’nei mitzvah ceremony which will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Saturday, June 7, 2025.

Participation in Yesod Year I required.