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B'nai Mitzvah guide - Your Family's Support Team & Their Roles

Sharon Graetz (Director of Youth Education)

The director of congregational learning is the “quarterback” of the B’nai Mitzvah process. Sharon runs the process of assigning dates to B-Mitzvah students, maintains the list of tutors, and coordinates other members of the team.


Rabbi Kaiman

The Rabbi meets with the parents and B-Mitzvah student about 1 year in advance to learn a text that places the B-Mitzvah process in the context of broader meaning-making rituals. Typically about 6 months prior to the celebration, Rabbi Kaiman then meets 1-1 with B-Mitzvah students a number of times to discuss the meaning of the weekly Parasha the weekend of the B-Mitzvah and guides the B-Mitzvah student through the process of preparing a Davar Torah.



The B-Mitzvah tutor is hired directly by the family to help the B-Mitzvah grow in the synagogue skills for the celebration of the B-Mitzvah. These skills typically include reciting the Haftarah, reading from the Torah, and leading sections of the service. The tutor helps set goals that are difficult, but attainable. 

Different students have different needs, and we support the family by working with a number of tutors, who each have their own methods and approaches that are consistent with our broader goals.

You should select a tutor more than a year in advance to have adequate time to prepare.

Approved Tutors 


Adam Klein (Rabbinic Assistant and member services coordinatior)

Adam coordinates the honors list for Shabbat and prepares the Gabbai Sheet used by Rabbi Kaiman at the celebration. Adam handles all scheduling for Rabbi Kaiman. He also serves as general support regarding the B'nai Mitzvah process, including Kiddush luncheons and catering, items such as kippot, candy, and programs, and other logistical questions.


genea moore (Executive Director)

Genea handles logistics and details for all Kiddush luncheons, catering, and any facility rentals related to B'nai Mitzvah.


Erin Chernow - Journey to Adulthood (J2A)

Erin created and runs as a volunteer a series of 7 workshops over the course of 18 months. The goal of these workshops is to create and deepen connections between our students in different religious education programs. 

Parents and students will learn together and delve deeper into the meaning and practice of the Bar Mitzvah. We will meet periodically throughout the year on Sundays for an interactive discussion to build community and learn together as we journey through this stage of your lives as families. All of the sessions are for parents and students.

Fri, February 23 2024 14 Adar I 5784