B’nei Mitzvah


All children at Belsize Square Synagogue are invited to participate in our Bar/Bat-Mitzvah programme.  Dates are assigned in Year 6 and the actual programme begins in Year 7. The programme takes place on Sunday mornings during term time. One year before the date of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah each student is assigned a private tutor to teach the blessings and chanting of the Torah and the Haftorah. Bar and Bat Mitzvah students are encouraged to take on a Mitzvah project as part of their preparation for coming of age of responsibility. Each student, in addition to receiving their portion, also receives a Student Guide with monthly activities that encourage their understanding of what it means to be a member of the Jewish community. We want the journey towards this important milestone to be an exciting one.   

When pupils join the programme in Year 7, we expect them to attend Saturday mornings and Friday evening and/or Saturday morning services on a regular basis so as to familiarise themselves with the format of the our services as well as the prayers and beautiful Belsize Liturgy that we are so lucky to have.  Participants are also expected to attend monthly “Shabbat Chat” sessions with Cantor Paul on the second Friday of each month and “Joe and the Jews” sessions with Joe Hacker on the third or fourth Saturday of each month.  Please see the timetable of dates at the bottom of this page for dates, times and locations.

Pupils prepare their Divrei Torah during Sunday mornings at Cheder with our qualified teacher, Jeannie Cohen and, closer to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah itself, a meeting is organised with the Rabbi who adds the finishing touches to this. 

For more information, please contact: the B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator, Cantor Heller on cantor@synagogue.org.uk or our Head of Cheder and Youth, Caroline Loison on caroline@synagogue.org.uk

DateEventTime and location
13 March 2020 Shabbat Chat with Cantor Paul5:30pm in the Library
28 March 2020 Joe and the Jews 9:30am in the Library
10 April 2020Shabbat Chat with Cantor Paul5:30pm in the Library
25 April 2020Joe and the Jews9:30am in the Library
8 May 2020Shabbat Chat with Cantor Paul5:30pm in the Library
23 May 2020Joe and the Jews9:30am in the Library
7 June 2020Study session with the Rabbi and Cantor10am in the Choir Loft
12 June 2020Shabbat Chat with Cantor Paul 5:30pm in the Library
27 June 2020Joe and the Jews9:30am in the Library