Bar / Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies and Training
Bar / Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony at which Cantor Jacqui officiates will fill you with wonderful memories to last a lifetime! The service will follow the overall course of a traditional prayer service, but will also be specially tailored to the tastes, desires, and religious ideology of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student and his/her family. You will have the opportunity to choose Hebrew prayer melodies and English prayer readings, and to decide how much of the service you would like the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to lead. Also, Cantor Jacqui will encourage the participation of as many family members and friends as you would like to incorporate into the service, and ensure that your Bar/Bat Mitzvah student shines!
When? A Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony may take place at any of the times Torah is traditionally chanted: Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon (very late in the afternoon/early evening is fine), Monday morning (works well on a long weekend), Thursday morning, or the occasional Sunday morning when a Jewish holiday or new moon falls on that date.
Where? A Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony may take place in your home, in your backyard, under a tent, in a chapel, at a function room in a hotel, at a country club, in a historic home, at a Jewish day school, or in a restaurant.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah Training
Cantor Jacqui is a talented tutor who brings her sensitivity and sense of humor to her work with those studying to become Bar / Bat Mitzvah. No previous religious education is required, and tutoring can take place in person, or via skype or facetime.
Not only does Cantor Jacqui make it fun, but she is skilled at personalizing the experience, intuiting what each student requires to succeed, including those with a range of special needs. She has tutored hundreds of students and, as she is fond of telling those who feel nervous when they begin their studies, “Exactly none of them has failed - do you think I’m going to let you be the first one?!”
Cantor Jacqui loves working with and creating strong attachments with her students, and your son or daughter will emerge with wonderful, positive memories of the entire process. She is the fun cantor you wish you had as a child!
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Dear Cantor Jacqui
You have become a very important person to me. At first, I was nervous about singing in front of you, but you made me feel confident and more sure of myself. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful! Thank you for inspiring me and for being such a wonderful teacher.
-Fondly, Alex G
Every now and again you meet someone who changes your life. While we are sure Natasha is too young to realize it - you have changed hers. A year ago we brought you a child full of potential but lacking the confidence to realize it. You have given her that and it is a gift that should last a lifetime. By extension you have also touched all of our lives. We are forever grateful.
Michele FS & Michael F
I am so lucky to have had you as my tutor. We laughed a lot, and your calm way of doing everything made me feel so comfortable and at ease about everything. I will miss coming to see you every week.
-Love, Sarah B