Bar Mitzvah at 13 in Terezin. Now 83, at HBT

By John Freund

These are our personal stories told by our community
In March 1948, I came to Canada as one of the Jewish orphans, not yet eighteen years old.
On June 15th, I will be called to the Torah to recreate my Bar Mitzvah in Ghetto Terezin 70 years earlier.
 

Bar / Bat Mitzvah

I had an amazing experience, studying and being a part of Holy Blossom’s community.  Everyone is helpful and made it a full learning experience.  I now am prepared, ready and excited for the next stage of my life with Holy Blossom.
Elijah Nadler

Kol hakavod! The fact that you have clicked on this page means that are committed to raising your child in the ways of the Jewish tradition.  Standing by your child when s/he takes his/her place among the congregation and the Jewish people by reading from the Torah for the first time as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the most joyful way to affirm your commitment.

During the preparation for my bar mitzvah I have had nothing but pleasure. I have been breezing through it in such a way, I feel like instead of extra work, it is one of my hobbies. Every day when I get home from school I sprint to my room to study it.  I love it so much, one time I brought it to school to practice.  I am looking forward to the day I get called to the torah so I can show the congregation what I have been working on for months.
Max Borins

At Holy Blossom Temple we ensure that the day of celebration is meaningful and memorable.  Moreover, our holistic approach extends far beyond the simcha on the bima.

We are very proud of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, which creates an outlook, a Jewish identity, and a foundation of Jewish learning and action that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy the information, photographs, and testimonials below.  They will give you a glimpse into what makes Holy Blossom Temple’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah program so special.

Well, for me practicing and the whole experience was very hard.  And I must say I thought it would be a piece of cake, but it wasn’t.  it was a lot of work always practicing for 20 minutes everyday but at the end it was all worth it.  When I was up on the bima, saying the blessings, and looking down at all my peers, I felt really proud of myself.  My mother even mentioned in her speech how with the help of my tutor Happy, I did the whole thing on my own.  My parents didn’t help me at all.  One of my favourite parts was not only the amazing party after but actually learning Hebrew.  I must admit that I was always one of the girls who never really listened, so for me the whole experience, I really caught up on my reading of Hebrew. My tutor really helped me with that.  At the end of it all, I had a great experience, from learning my Torah portion to chanting it in front of my family, friends and the rest of the congregation.
Jessica Baldachin

To learn more about our approach, to tell us about your child, and to ask your questions, please click here to contact us.

Rabbi Yael Splansky
Hayley McAdam

 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah FAQ

What is the history and meaning of Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

What are the educational requirements to prepare my child for Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

When can we celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

How are dates determined?

What if we plan to celebrate in Israel?

How do I book a luncheon or enhance a congregational Kiddush?

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Timetable for preparation