FAQ

  • How long does it take to train my child for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
    • I start to teach your child six months before the Bar Mitzvah service. Accommodations are made for summer camp and extended vacations.

 

  • Can my child become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah if they do not read Hebrew?
    • Yes, if your child does not read Hebrew, they will be taught with Hebrew transliteration, if they have some Hebrew background, they will be taught in Hebrew.

     

  • How often are the lessons and how long does each session last?
    • Lessons are once a week, lasting 15-20 minutes. This keeps the sessions light, and does not have a huge impact on your child’s busy schedule.

 

  • Can we have the Bar/Bat Mitzvah any other time than Friday night or Saturday morning?
    • Yes! I offer Saturday evening (Havdalah services, as well as Monday or Thursday Morning, when the Torah is read.

 

  • Will you accept students if one parent is not Jewish?
    • Absolutely! If either parent is Jewish, I will teach and officiate to insure your child becomes a bar/Bat Mitzvah.

 

  • Other than cruise ships, what venues do you suggest for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? What other options exist other than cruise ships?
    • Your service can be held at any location of your choice,(your locale or a destination) as I have a Torah and prayer books.
    • My synagogue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is available for a Saturday morning or Saturday evening (Havdalah) Bar/Bat Mitzvah, enabling you to continue travel plans to any further destination, or simply remain in beautiful South Florida!

 

  • What will my child learn for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
    • They will learn to chant their Torah portion, as well as a Haftarah (Saturday morning), the basic Shabbat prayers, as well as prepare their own personal speech and a D’Var Torah (summary of their Torah portion).

 

  • Will the Bar/Bat Mitzvah training and service conform to Reform, Conservative or Orthodox Judaism?
    • As my background ranges all of the above, I am happy to create a service according to YOUR comfort level. I officiate many different types of services, so your child’s service can and will conform to any style you choose.

 

  • What type of computer and internet connection do I need to utilize Skype and Voice memo’s.
    • Any computer that can play a voice file (mp3), and sync with an mp3 player will work. I utilize Microsoft Word for documents, and you will require a High Speed internet connection and Skype software for lessons.

 

 

  • At what age can my child become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
    • Traditionally, boys become Bar Mitzvah at 13, and girls can become Bat Mitzvah as early as 12. However, there are no concrete rules, as anyone can become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at any age, as long as they have reached the minimum age.

 

  • How much advance notice is needed to secure a date for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
    • It is best to book your service at least one year in advance to secure an available date that fits your needs. However, if you are within the year, and wish to plan a more “impromptu” Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience, there is always an available date, based on how flexible you can be with your scheduling. Call Cantor Glenn directly for his present availability.