At Old York Road Temple-Beth Am we pride ourselves in our ability to make the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience a positive learning experience for each child and his/her family.  Beginning with the child’s education in our Religious school, the family is involved in a variety of educational activities that encourage learning and doing “Jewish” together.  Our pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family education program includes learning about the prayer book in 4th grade, learning about Tzedakah (charity), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of living kindness) in 5th grade and an in depth look at Torah in 6th grade. 

        Our students also participate in a rigourous Hebrew program which prepares them for their participation in the Shabbat morning service when they are called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

        Every child at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am receives a Jewish education according to his/her ability. This is so for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well.  All students begin their formal training with a Bar Mitzvah teacher about 11-12 months before the actual service. These are individual lessons for preparation of chanting the Torah and Haftorah as well as reviewing the prayers. 

        Children with special needs or families with special circumstances are considered and adaptations to the service are made to accommodate each child.  Through close coordination with the Rabbis, Cantor, teachers and parents, the Shabbat morning service is tailored to enable each child to successfully participate in becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.