Torah Corps is NVHC’s unique learning experience for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation! It is a program of study in place of individual tutoring sessions, providing a more extensive learning experience that both prepares the student for Bar or Bat Mitzvah as well as creating learning opportunities to plant firm roots for their Jewish life.  Through a peer-based chevruta- style learning environment in the year prior to becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, small groups of students assigned to work together for the year join together to study all things relevant to becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. These group are mentored by Cantor Caro along with our Youth Engagement Coordinator, Adam Zemel, as well as being staffed by trained madrichim in 11th or 12th grade.

Within these one-hour weekly sessions, each group of students will work in a number of ways: individually with one of the instructors, in pairs with each other, or on their own with supervision to practice their blessings, their Torah and Haftarah portions.  This arrangement creates learning situations with multiple modes of study for the students, as well as teaching and learning from each other which is important at this age. We also engage the students in conversations about prayers, discuss and practice the choreography of a Shabbat service, gain additional Jewish life skills and opportunities including cantillation, text study, discussion and interpretation, all which occur through a shared communal experience. This is a powerful and relevant part of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  We strongly encourage them to be present at each others’ B’nai Mitzvah, to celebrate together their accomplishments and connections to our tradition, our people and our community.

click here for:  Prayer Recordings for B’nai Mitzvah preparation (Dropbox)

click here for: Prayer list

click here for: Trope Recordings


Summer 2018 Torah Corps Groups – Tuesdays 5-8 p.m.

Student Torah/Haftarah Recording Files:

Jake Baskin
Molly Bercher
Cole DiManno
Seanna Fishman
Sam Green
Brooke Goldfeder
Isaac Halterman-Mitchell
Talia Holzman
Meredith Hutner
Rayna Kossoy
Sarah Leaf
Jack Louder
Katelyn Mehlenbeck
Stella Ortiz
Sophia Pick
Aidan Renzi
Eliza Rose
Tyler Schmelzer
Caleb Snowhite
Nick Shapiro
Mason Szczesniak
Jason Trager
Sydney Trager
Brandon Winans
Hannah Whalen

This is a more detailed explanation of our program: Orientation to Torah Corps

Washington Jewish Week B’nai Mitzvah Listing Opt-in Form