Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is knowledge of Hebrew required before my child begins?
A: Prior knowledge of Hebrew is not essential. Hebrew reading skills can be taught as part of the process.
Q: We are an inter-married family. How does that work?
A: All family members are welcomed and encouraged to be involved with the learning process and the ceremony.
Q: How long is the preparation time for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
A: The average time to prepare for the B’nai Mitzvah is a year of regular phone or Skype consultations.
Q: What will our family need to do to support our child’s learning?
A: It is helpful to attend some synagogue services and B’nai Mitzvah celebrations, as well as to practice some holiday and Shabbat rituals, like lighting candles on Friday night.
Q: Besides Hebrew, what else will my child learn?
A:Your child will become familiar with the Jewish holiday and Torah cycle. The student will learn Jewish values through stories, music and teachings as they prepare for their ceremony. You and your child will also pick a mitzvah project so that she/he is involved in some aspect of “Tikkun Olam,” healing the world.
Feel free to email Rabbi Efraim to learn more.