Adult Students

Back in the day, girls in your community didn't have Bat Mitzvahs. Or your parents didn't belong to a congregation so you never celebrated a Bar Mitzvah. Or you're a Jew by choice and you want to get more deeply involved in the life of your synagogue. Or you're getting married and you're chanting the Haftarah the Shabbat before. Whatever the backstory, you've decided it's time to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Nachas lets you build your own program. Here are some ideas:

Personalized Curriculum

  • Depending on the student's level of Hebrew, familiarity with Shabbat services, time commitment

  • Typically focus on developing comfort and familiarity with participation, rather than tackling a long section of text

    • Adult students with more synagogue experience take on longer sections of the reading​

Group B'nei Mitzvah

  • A group of adult students (siblings, friends, co-congregants) collaborate on a joint Bar/Bat Mitzvah

  • We'll develop a lesson and practice schedule that works for everyone

    • Where there are varying levels of knowledge and experience, we will design a service that gives all participants a meaningful role

Other Adult Topics

  • You've been asked to read Torah at your niece's bat mitzvah

    • Nachas makes you a recording of the portion and sets up a meeting schedule to review (anywhere from once to several months of weekly lessons)​

  • Aufruf (pre-wedding service at which the bride and/or groom chant the Haftarah)​

    • You chanted a Haftarah when you were 13, but that was a long time ago

    • Nachas helps you set up a preparation schedule so that this the one detail before the wedding that isn't going to be a problem

  • You've read Torah or changed Haftarah, but you want to learn one of the special melodies:

    • High Holiday trop (used for Torah readings on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)

    • Shir HaYam/Song of the Sea

    • Megilat Esther (or Ruth or Song of Songs)

    • Eicha/Lamentations