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Bar Mitzvah

Bar\Bat Mitzvah for a Young Adult

No longer does where a person live affect if they can have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This program, designed by Rabbi Sarko, can span across location, condition and denomination.

A Bar Mitzvah is a personal declaration, in a public way, joining the Jewish community as a full participating member. Bar Mitzvah is less a ceremony and more a process; a process that leads to becoming and acting as a Jewish adult. Rabbi Sarko will lead the student through a course of study. The course will be modified to meet the needs and abilities of each student.

The course of study will span 20 sessions. Each session will be one hour long and will be completed over six months, in general about one time per week. The day and time will be scheduled so as to be as convenient as possible. The sessions will be done over a video conference program, like Skype, so we may talk and see each other one on one in real time. There is no cost for the video conference program.

Session Breakdown:

  • Define Judaism (1 session)
  • Jewish History / Timeline (4 sessions)
  • Jewish Holidays (2 sessions)
  • Jewish Texts (2 sessions)
  • Talmud (1 session)
  • Shabbat Service (1 session)
  • Parasha review and interpretation (2 sessions)
  • Dvar (speech) (1 session split over two sessions)
  • Jewish Prayer (2 sessions)
  • Practice for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Day (4 sessions split over time frame)
  • The end ceremony when the student will read from the Torah can be organized in one of four ways:

    1. Arrange for your own service without involvement by Rabbi Sarko
    2. Conduct the service via video conference at the rabbi's synagogue in Spring Hill, Friday night or Saturday morning
    3. Destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Travel to Spring Hill, Florida
    4. Rabbi to travel to Bar/Bat Mitzvah local

    The cost of the course of study is $750. This can be done in installment payments if it is needed or preferred by the family. The cost of the ceremony, if any, will vary depending on the specifics. Rabbi Sarko will quote that after a discussion of what the family will want.

    The Rabbi will also provide a computer CD specifically directed to the service torah reading contents of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. For details about this CD you can visit the web site:


    For discussion of this program or for any questions please give the rabbi a call at 352-610-2580 or email him at rabbi@rabbisarko.org