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 groups are directed and mentored by Cantor Caro along with Rabbi Wainer and Rabbi Holzman and Barr Weiss-Simon (our Youth Engagement Coordinator), as well as being staffed by trained teen madrichim.

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.

NOTE: You need to download Dropbox to your listening device and set up an account in order to access all of the recordings below.

click here for:  Prayer Recordings for B’nai Mitzvah preparation 

click here for: Prayer list and practice

click here for: Trope Recordings


Student Torah/Haftarah Recording Files:

Darah Berg
Rebecca Berg
Madeline de Clerck
Seanna Fishman
Lily Garza
Ben Gordon
Harrison Greene
Isaac Halterman-Mitchell
Samantha Hayes
Jordan Henry
Meredith Hutner
Nicole Kogan
Isaac Krasner
Talia Krasner
Peyton Luman
Teddy Peristere 
Eliza Rose
Molly Schoenfeld
Tyler Schmelzer
Nick Shapiro
Mason Szczesniak
Isabel Tchiprout
Tess Topscher
Zach Topscher
Aaron Weiss
Daniella Wilcock

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Click here for a more detailed explanation of our program: Orientation to Torah Corps

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