Bar Mitzvah at 13 in Terezin. Now 83, at HBT
By John Freund
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.
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.
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.