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 35-minute blocks, 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.

click here for: Current Torah Corps Groups

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

click here for: Prayer list

Student Torah/Haftarah Recording Files:

Colin Anderson  
Ava Beaudin
Ella Bishop
Jordan Brown
Maya Dearson
Alex de Beer
Ella Gortowski
Stone Gortowski
Lindsay Greenspan
Robin Hess
Anna Kwartin
Megan Langsam
Lauren Lieberman
Reilley Lin
Tony Marshak
Ryan Nagel	
Ethan Piccus
Zachary Rosen
Hunter Rosenberg
Max Rosenberg
Josh Schoenbrun
Caitlyn Suarez
Isabella Udoff
Sydney Vavonese
Hiram Weber
Cody Weitzman
Jacob Wesoky
Tobin Wilson

Dates of Parent sessions for Torah Corps, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.:

  • January 8, 2017 – PAST
  • March 5, 2017
  • May 7, 2017
  • October 15, 2017
  • November 12, 2017

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