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. In addition, each student is assigned a community mentor who helps with understanding the portion and the Service. 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 understanding of what it means to be a member of the Jewish community. We want the journey to this important milestone to be an exciting one.