Adult Bat Mitzvah Class with Cantor Shulie

The concept of a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, the coming-of-age ritual for boys, can probably be traced back to the 14th Century. The first known girl in the US to become a Bat Mitzvah was Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan in March 1922. In most Conservative and Reform synagogues it is now a standard practice to have both Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.

The idea behind offering this class is to give women the opportunity to reclaim their Jewish identity in a supportive, caring, and nurturing environment while feeling empowered in gaining new knowledge and skills. It is of utmost importance to me as a spiritual leader of this community to create and hold a space for women to step into their Judaism and explore what it means to be a Jewish woman today. 

The class is open to women who’ve never had a bat mitzvah ceremony as a young girl.  The class will include instruction in tefillah (prayer), Torah trope and how to apply the system to the chanting of an Aliyah, as well as the opportunity to learn and chant a section of a haftarah.  Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and life experiences in class discussions, as they gain knowledge and skills, and meet new companions on their Jewish journey.

The class will culminate in a group Adult Bat Mitzvah on a Shabbat on a date to be determined soon.

Contact Cantor Shulie for more details and any questions: cantor@bethsholomfrederick.org

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 2:00pm
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