B’nei Mitzvah

When a child reaches the date of their 13th birthday in the Jewish calendar they become Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, which means they are obligated to take on the mitzvot of being an adult. Traditionally this is marked by offering the Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah an Aliyah - the opportunity to recite the blessings and read from the Torahscroll in a Shabbat morning service. FRS believes very strongly that the process of theBar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah is much more important than the performance and this process includes peer-led teaching on a Friday afternoon (Friday Group) and Tuesday Afternoon Programme (TAP).

All pupils are seen in the light of what they can achieve – we pride ourselves on being able to take all special needs of our pupils into account in order to create a meaningful process for every pupil, whatever their ability and personal circumstances.

So, what is TAP really all about?

TAP - Tuesday Afternoon Programme

Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah programme for years 6, 7, & 8 is designed to guarantee that students have the most effective opportunities to learn in the most conducive and sociable of circumstances.

4.30pm – 5.30pm: After school hang-out, offering a wide window for arrival.  Opportunity for socializing, food and games. Hebrew Club from 5.00-5.30pm for those that need it.

5.30pm – 5.45pm: A time for all three year groups to be together

5.45pm – 6.45pm:

Year 6  focus on prayer, liturgy and belief, combining some of the biggest questions which underpin religion and humanity. They familiarise themselves with the FRS services and have a strong emphasis on Hebrew.

Year 7  look at Torah and the themes which come out of the weekly parshiot.  This will not only ensure they are looking at a broad range of topics through a Jewish lens but will also root their own Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah portions in their rightful context.

Year 8  engage in a project focusing on Reform Judaism and Jewish decision-making, to run alongside the study of ritual elements of Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  The course will hold their participation right through the year culminating in a group celebration.

Friday Group (starting a year before a Bar / Bat Mitzvah)

B’nei Mitzvah students at FRS learn in a dynamic and exciting peer-led programme called Friday Group. They meet weekly one-on-one with their helper (a young person who has recently been through the process themselves) and learn the prayers, blessings and Torah readings which they will read on their Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah, also giving them the skills to lead services in the future.

It is possible to download the following audio clips and save them on a computer or transfer them to a mobile device. Click on the download link and then, depending on your internet browser, either a new window will open and you can right click on this to save the audio or a window will be presented offering the option to save the clip.

Blessing before Torah - BM Melody

Blessing after Torah - BM melody

Blessing before Haftarah

Blessing after Haftarah

The Haftarah reading follows the Torah reading on each Sabbath and on Jewish festivals and fast days


Friday night candles and Kiddush

The blessing for lighting the Shabbat candles can be found in the siddur on page 447

Blessing for candles - spoken and sung

Two candles or more are lit on Friday evening

The Kiddush for Friday night can be found in the siddur on page 452.

Kiddush for Friday night

Kiddush, literally, "sanctification," is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbat

The blessing for bread can be found in the siddur on page 453.

Blessing for bread - spoken and sung

Challah is a special braided bread eaten, on the Sabbath and holidays.