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B’nai mitzvah preparation policies

B’nai mitzvah preparation policies

We are excited that your child is embarking on study for the b’nai mitzvah.  To ensure good communication, appropriate training, and safety for both tutors and students, the board has developed the following policy:

Communication

Parents and tutors must maintain regular communication about when and where the sessions will take place.  If a student does not show up for a scheduled session, parents must compensate the tutor nonetheless.  If the tutor does not show up for a scheduled session, s/he must provide the following session without compensation.   

Compensation

The current (2019) rate for a tutor from Dartmouth is $25 per hour; $30 for experienced tutors. Parents pay tutors directly, after each session, unless otherwise agreed upon (mutually) by parent and tutor.

Service attendance requirement

Parents and b’nai mitzvah students must attend a minimum of six morning services that include a torah reading, at the Roth Center, before becoming b’nai mitzvah.  High holiday services may be counted in this number.  This policy ensures that students are familiar and comfortable with how our congregation holds services before they are called to lead one.  Parents are responsible for facilitating this attendance.

Invitation requirement

B’nai mitzvah students are expected to invite everyone in the Hebrew school class to the b’nai mitzvah (service and party).  We strongly encourage all students to accept these invitations attend the b’nai mitzvot of their classmates as it is important to support each other and we have a tradition of the whole class helping to lead Adon Olam at the end of the service.

Weekday tutoring:

Monday-Friday 10AM-4:30 PM, there is staff present at the Roth Center and tutoring can be freely scheduled during these times.  If tutoring takes place before or after those times, please check with the Education Director to see if a staff member is present.  If not, a parent or representative of the parent must be present in the building, within earshot of the tutor and student, during the entire tutoring session.

Saturday and holiday (both religious and secular) tutoring:

There is no staff present on Saturdays or holidays, so a parent or representative of the parent must be present in the building, within earshot of the tutor and student, during the entire tutoring session.

Sunday tutoring:

School year tutoring taking place prior to 9:30 AM or after 1PM requires that a parent or representative of the parent be present in the building, within earshot of the tutor and student, during the entire tutoring session.  Staff is sometimes present on Sunday before 9:30 and after 1PM but not consistently; if this time is scheduled, please check with the Education Director or the Rabbi to make certain one or the other will be present after school that day.  In summertime, the policy is as above for Saturdays and holidays.

Areas to be used while tutoring:

Tutors and students may use the sanctuary, library, and classrooms but may never be left alone.  There must always be an adult within earshot of tutors and students who are working together.