Dear Rabbi Tom, My daughter and I could not have hoped for a more special experience for her becoming a Bat Mitzvah. You provided just the right support and in just the right ways throughout the planning, tutoring, and service. To say you were helpful with our particular unique set of circumstances and out-of-the-box requests is an understatement! Through your guidance and openness, we were able to create a very meaningful event that embodied Jewish spirituality in exactly the right way for us, and allowed for our unique expression as individuals and family to unfold. This touched the lives of all friends, family and community that were present. Your connection with my daughter through music was pure joy, the blending of your voices together in prayer is something we will hold dear to our hearts forever. In peace and with deep gratitude.
Lynntia and Alisha, Skokie, IL
Thank you Rabbi Tom, for standing right next to me, and being a complete lifesaver to my family and my Bat Mitzvah service.
Bella, Chicago, IL
Bar & Bat Mitzvahs
At MCJC, we teach our children to question, to debate, to fall in love with Torah, finding their own voices in the chorus of our tradition. Our students don’t have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah – they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. They become responsible adults in the Jewish community and in the world. They have the privilege of entering into the sublime world of Torah study, exploring the mysteries of the texts and ideas that have sustained our people. They become partners in the work of tikkun olam, of fulfilling the Prophetic mandate for the universal recognition of human dignity, the loving pursuit of justice, and shalom. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is not the end of the journey; it is the beginning. Rabbi Tom and MCJC's Religious School teachers work closely together with our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and their families to create a personalized learning process and ceremony which combines traditions with personal meaning. Bar/Bat Mitzvah students learn to lead Shabbat services, chant from the Torah, write and deliver a D'var Torah (speech on the Torah portion), and do a Mitzvah project. Please contact Rabbi Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 815-455-1810 to discuss how we can help you make your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah a meaningful and special experience.