Becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a verb. We provide individualized tutoring to give our Temple David students the tools, skills, comfort and inspiration to lead much of the Shabbat service as well as chant Torah and haftarah. Rabbi Symons meets with students and their families for workshops as well as for individualized meetings to study the Torah portion and guide the student in writing a d’var Torah, an interpretation of the Torah portion.
Students are also part of the Chai Lights program in which they engaged in eighteen mitzvot from the categories of Torah/Study, Avodah/Worship and Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Lovingkindness. Beyond the doing, they are to reflect on what they have done – often seeing mitzvot they have done in the past in a new light, often trying new mitzvot.