Bat / Bar Mitzvah Ceremonies and Tutoring
Bat / Bar 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.
Bat / Bar Mitzvah Tutoring
Cantor Jacqui is a talented tutor who brings her sensitivity and sense of humor to her work with those studying to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. No previous religious education is required, and tutoring can take place in person or online.
Not only does Cantor Jacqui make it fun, but she is extremely skilled at intuiting and implementing what each student requires to succeed, including those with a wide 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's soul is truly with the kids. She 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
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
The service was so beautiful! Jacqui, your voice is amazing. We couldn't have asked for a more meaningful service. Many people came up to us and said it was the best Bat Mitzvah service they had ever been to. Many of these comments came from Conservative Jewish uncles to Protestant and Catholic friends. Everyone felt welcome and part of the service. Thank you so much for giving Maddy the knowledge and confidence to do such an amazing job. We are so blessed and grateful. Thank you, thank you.
I still think of you, your special patience, sensitivity, natural intuition, and genuine understanding of Eric which enabled you to work with him so successfully. You stuck with him and influenced him to turn things around from not really wanting to do it to ‘wowing’ his family and friends. So thank you - for all you do!