Class - Cantor's
Class - Events
Will recommence Tuesday morning Bible study class, beginning Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (Election Day), 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM.
Melachim Bet, Kings II. The book of Kings is as dramatic as anything ever imagined by Shakespeare: deceitful alliances, assassinations and a fair sprinkling of idolatry. The class will be exploring stories you never learned in Hebrew School. Class will pick up after the period of Ahab and Jezebel.
As we get closer to Hanukkah, Rabbi Finkel will be offering a three (3) session evening mini-course on the Maccabees compared and contrasted to the Pilgrims of Plymouth, MA. A schedule of dates and more information will be coming soon.
Adult Bat & Bar Mitzvah classes - nine adults are studying hard for their B'Mitzvah on Friday evening, February 28, 2014 and Saturday morning, March 1, 2014.
BRING YOUR QUESTIONS. A READING KNOWLEDGE OF HEBREW IS NOT REQUIRED.
Could Adult Bat or Bar Mitzvah Be In Your Future ?
Adult Bat or Bar Mitzvah. Soame my ask what does that mean ? We tell each Bar and Bat Mitzvah that they have become an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community; but what about those who study for B Mitzvah as adults ?
Our congregation has had, in years past, classes for adults to come to the Bimah as a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. I, also, have taught adult B Mitzvah classes to students whose ages have ranged from in their 20's to those in their 70's. After some years of hiatus, we plan to offer the opportunity to members once again.
Who can join the program ?
Any Jew 13 years old or older can become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. (Some would claim that every Jew 13 years old or older has become a B Mitzvah.) But not everyone has had the opportunity to study and master a text to allow them to do what most 13 year olds do at PBJC. (Adult) students would learn a selection from the Torah or from the Biblical prophets (Haftarah) to chant at the B Mitzvah service. Students would also learn certain basic prayers, Jewish history, customs and ceremonies. Students need to be PBJC members.
Why didn't someone have a B Mitzvah at 13 years old ?
Perhaps one's family wasn't connected to a synagogue. Perhaps one grew up in an Orthodox synagogue that didn't offer Bat Mitzvah. Perhaps it was a case of economics: one's family could not afford it. In addition we are blessed in the contemporary Jewish community with Jews by Choice who have linked their destiny to that of the Jewish people. They joined the Jewish people as adults, but still want to enhance their Jewish lives with what many born Jews experience as teenagers.
Can I study if I have already been B Mitzvah ?
Of course; perhaps your first B Mitzvah was more parent driven. This time you bring a maturity to the learning process.
Can I join the program if I do not want to go to the Bimah on the "big day" ?
Again, of course; perhaps you are shy. Perhaps you want to learn these skills for a child's upcoming B Mitzvah, and you want to focus on your child's B Mitzvah, not your own.
Will the B Mitzvah make a difference in my life ?
I would hope so. Each student should take away knowledge and an accompanying sense of confidence that comes with a significant leap in learning. Skills learned serve to demystify every service and many Jewish customs and ceremonies. It should bring a sense of accomplishment; and, who knows, you may get gifts from friends and family.
Where do I find out more about the program ?
There will be an informational meeting Wednesday evening, May 18th at 7:45 PM at the synagogue. If you are unable to attend, please call Rabbi Finkel to still be part of the program. If you are planning to attend the meeting, please RSVP to the synagogue office: (973) 244-9800.
Looking forward to seeing you to discuss celebrating your B Mitzvah,