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B’nei Mitzvah Service Order

Every child is different and every bar and bat mitzvah is different. Within the guidelines of halacha, or Jewish law, there is some flexibility, and we will do everything we can to do what is best for your child. One child may use a different melody than another, and there may be places in which it is appropriate for one child to read Hebrew where another reads English. With that being said, the basic Shabbat morning service is a strong tradition in the history of our people. We will use this service as the template for your child’s bar or bat mitzvah. The following is the basic service order for our b’nei mitzvah here at the Roth Center. Bolded lines are led by the bar or bat mitzvah.

Prayer Name Page Action Notes Participants
Ma Tovu 140 Stand           Hebrew,
first line twice
Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation sings along
Baruch Sh’amar 180 Stand Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Psalm 90 186 Sit English Rabbi leads,
congregation responds
Ashrey 190 Sit Hebrew, silently Rabbi announces
Hallelujah 194 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Nishmat Kol Chai 214 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
(may be responsive English reading by bar or bat mitzvah)
Shoheyn Ad 218 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Chatzi Kaddish

220 Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation responds
Barchu

224 Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation responds
El Adon 228 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Blessings of Shema 230-240 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along and reads silently
Shema and V’ahavta 242 Sit Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation sings along
True and Enduring 248 Sit English Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation responds
Mi Chamocha 252 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation responds
Avot

255 Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah sings solo
Kedusha 256 Stand Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation responds
L’dor v’dor 256 Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation responds
Silent Amidah 258-266 Stand Silent Congregation
Kaddish Shalem

268 Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah leads solo
Torah Service: The bar or bat mitzvah and their family rise and gather around the ark. The appointed person opens the ark. The Torah is handed by the rabbi to members of the family and it is passed one by one (l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation), to the bar or bat mitzvah. Everyone stays behind the bar or bat mitzvah as the service continues.
Shema               320   Stand           Hebrew              Bar or bat mitzvah leads,
congregation responds
At “Gadlu, L’Adoshem,” the bar or bat mitzvah turns to face the ark and bows as that part is chanted. The bar or bat mitzvah then takes the Torah to the congregation to be greeted. The family follows behind in procession. The bar or bat mitzvah should take time and walk around the congregation slowly, giving everyone a chance to greet or to kiss the Torah. This is an honor. It should not be rushed.
Blessings before and after the Torah readings

322 Stand Hebrew Each person honored with an aliyah. There are seven aliyot;
the parents take the seventh.
Rabbi and the bar or bat mitzvah will do the Torah chanting.
Mi Shebeirach Back cover of siddur Sit Hebrew and English Rabbi or gabbai leads,
congregation sings along
Maftir Torah Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah leads solo
Reader’s Chatzi Kaddish 324 Stand Hebrew Rabbi or gabbai leads
Haftarah and Haftarah blessings

326 Stand Hebrew Bar or bat mitzvah solo
D’var Torah Prepared Stand English Bar or bat mitzvah alone
Y’hall’lu 340 Stand Hebrew, scroll returned to ark at the end. Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Etz Chaim 346 Stand Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings
Blessings upon parents Stand Hebrew and English Rabbi
Blessings upon bar or bat mitzvah Stand Hebrew and English Rabbi
Presentation by board
Presentation by education director
Speech from the parents
Aleinu

402 Stand Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Mourner’s Kaddish 410 Mourners stand, congregation sits Hebrew Rabbi leads,
mourners join
Adon Olam

412 Sit Hebrew B’nei mitzvah class leads, congregation sings along