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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
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Our Primary School and Hebrew School serve as the foundation of our successful Bar-Bat Mitzvah Program.  Building on what the children study in class, candidates for Bar-Bat Mitzvah meet for a separate Bar/ Bat Mitzvah workshop. The children study the trope (cantillation for Torah and Haftorah reading), review prayers and hymns they have studied in Hebrew School and begin to understand the relationship of their other studies to their celebration. Students will learn how to write their individual D’var Torah, what is required for a Mitzvah Project and all the significant aspects important in enhancing this major life cycle event. Each student is responsible for completing a project depicting the theme of his or her portion.  They then teach the relevancy of their Parsha to their classmates.


After learning the trope and reviewing the prayers and blessings that are common to all students, the student receives one-on-one instruction in the Haftorah and Torah portion.  The proper singing of the prayers and hymns are reviewed at this time. These appointments are made at mutually convenient times for teacher and students. They are supplemented by the work of our tutoring staff who reviews the work with of all of our students throughout the week.  The Rabbi supervises each child’s progress.




Our B'nai Mitzvah students share with the entire school the project they have chosen, to help make the world a better place. Where applicable, we will earmark all funds collected on a designated month to support the B'nai Mitzvah students raise funds for their project. All B'nai Mitzvah students for the year will support each other by participating in any drives, walks, etc. that may occur, as related to their Mitzvah project. Sometimes these projects may require our meeting at times other than scheduled class sessions. We ask all parents to be active participants in these projects and lend their support and cooperation. Special projects may be chosen by each class, as directed by the teacher.

Over the past years our school dedicated a month of giving to: Juvenile Diabetes, Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Israel,

Bima Baskets for the High Holy Days, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the Kosher Food Pantry, and Cancer Care, among others.



Sun, May 26 2024 18 Iyyar 5784