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 (SoundCloud)

-OR- Prayer Recordings for B’nai Mitzvah preparation (Dropbox)

click here for: Prayer list


Student Torah/Haftarah Recording Files:

Molly Bercher
Maya Dearson
Cole DiManno
Sam Green
Brooke Goldfeder
Isaac Halterman-Mitchell
Talia Holzman
Alex Katzman
Samantha Katzman
Rayna Kossoy
Sarah Leaf
Lauren Lieberman
Reilley Lin
Jack Louder
Katelyn Mehlenbeck
Harrison Muncrief
Stella Ortiz
Ethan Piccus
Sophia Pick
Aidan Renzi
Zachary Rosen
Tyler Schmelzer
Sarah Shapiro
Jay Skalaban
Caleb Snowhite
Jason Trager
Sydney Trager
Isabella Udoff
Cody Weitzman
Brandon Winans
Hannah Whalen
Tobin Wilson

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

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