Torah Corps is NVHC’s unique learning experience for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation! A program of study in place of individual tutoring sessions, it provides an extensive learning experience to prepare students for Bar and Bat Mitzvah as well as creating learning opportunities to plant firm roots for their Jewish life. Through a peer-based chevruta–style learning environment for the year prior to becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, students work in small, assigned groups learning and practicing all things relevant to becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. These groups are directed and mentored by Cantor Caro along with Rabbi Wainer, Rabbi Holzman, and Sam Blum (our Youth Engagement Coordinator), as well as being staffed by trained teen madrichim.
Within these one-hour weekly sessions, students will work in several 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 multiple modes of learning situations for the students, including teaching and learning from each other which is important at this age. We engage the students in conversations about prayers, discuss and practice the choreography of a Shabbat service, gain additional Jewish life skills and opportunities including learning cantillation, text study, discussion and interpretation, all of which occur in a shared communal experience. We strongly encourage them to be present at each other’s B’nai Mitzvah, to celebrate together their accomplishments and connections to our tradition, our people and our community.
Click here for a more detailed explanation of our program: Orientation to Torah Corps.