Yotam Jakira’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Yotam, use this page 3-4 times each week to prepare for your Bar Mitzvah. To ensure simcha success, please use the tools and downloadable items provided here to learn and practice your training assignments between visits with Cantor Green. For questions, e-mail me at cantor@kehillatbethisrael.com or call/text me at 613-327-3984.

VERY IMPORTANT – MUST READ: KBI B’nei Mitzvah Handbook

Bar Mitzvah Date: March 20, 2021
Parashat Vayikra
Hebrew date: 7 Nissan, 5781|
To Be Celebrated in Israel

Tutoring Schedule – Tuesdays, 4:40-5:00pm, SKYPE (ID = jgreen361)

Th, Nov 13,



Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Process

Intro to Webpage

Goal Setting

Lesson Time

STUDY METHOD (always have your printouts/pages in front of you)

1. Listen to the assigned audio files a whole bunch of times, over several days. Let it sink in!

2. Sing along with the audio files many times until it is identical, smooth and confident. If there are glitches, use the slider to “rewind” and review a word or two at a time until identical.

3. Sing the whole assignment without the audio file (as you will in your next lesson).

Use this approach every week, and knock my socks off with how well you know it!

AND, 4. every week, you MUST review at least once, everything learned to date, and FIX any glitches.

Homework for this week:

Get a looseleaf binder (with sheet pockets)

Confirm you have a working Skype account, and find Cantor Green at jgreen361

Print your Torah Trope (Ta’amei HaMikra) sheet (PDF), very preferably in colour (since the trope colours are important)

Print Blessing BEFORE Torah reading (PDF)

Print Blessing AFTER Torah reading(PDF)

Tue, Dec 8


Prepare Blessings before and after Torah reading Learn Blessings  before (PDF | MP3) and after (PDF | MP3) Torah reading

No lesson next 2 weeks, but keep learning!

Dec 15 & 22 No lesson, but do the homework Listen to Torah Trope sheet, try to learn “like a song” (PDF | MP3)
Dec 29

4pm Skype

Review Torah blessings

Review Torah Trope Sheet

Prepare Maftir 5:24

Print (in colour) and Learn Maftir 5:24 (PDF | MP3)
Tu, Jan 5


Review Maftir 5:24

Prepare Maftir 5:25-26

Sort out external microphone issue in skype.

Learn Maftir 5:25-26 (MP3)

Tu, Jan 12


Review entire Maftir

Prepare Blessing before Haftara (skip trope for time)

Learn Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Print out Haftara in colour (PDF)

Please try to get your headset’s microphone working in Skype. You may have to adjust the ‘recording device’ input levels for your headset from your computer’s control panel (under ‘sound’), and/or adjust the levels within the skype settings. These are often set too low by default.

Tu, Jan 19


Review Blessing Before Haftarah

Prepare Haftara verse 43:21-23

Learn Haftara 43:21-23 (MP3)

Keep reviewing everything learned so far!


Tu, Jan 26


Review Haftara to date, with blessing

Prepare Haftara 43:24-25

Learn Haftara 43:24-25 (MP3)

For following lessons, please find a space that’s closer to your router, or use cat-5 cable to plug directly into the router box for best connection.

Also, please test your mic levels in advance — it’s exceedingly hard to hear you during the lesson. Thanks!

Tu, Feb 2


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 43:26-28

Learn Haftara 43:26-28 (MP3) and 44:1 (MP3)
Th, Feb 11


Review Haftara up to 44:1

Prepare Haftara 44:2-4


Learn Haftara 44:8-12 using audio files in downloads section, below

Tu, Feb 16


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 44:5-6

Use audio files below and learn Haftara 44:13-17
Tu, Mar 2

12pm Eastern

Review up to 44:17

Prepare rest of Haftara

Use audio files below and learn Haftara 44:18 to the end.
Tu, Mar 9

12pm Eastern

Review Entire Haftara

Prepare Blessings after Haftara

Learn Blessings after Haftara (PDF | MP3s – Blessing 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)
Tu, Mar 16

12pm Eastern – BE CAREFUL, THAT’S AN HOUR EARLIER THAN LAST WEEK as we will have gone to Daylight Savings Time here, but not yet there!

Downloads (click to open, right-click to save to your computer)

Torah/Haftara Trope (PDF)

Haftara Vayikra (PDF)

Blessing Before Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Blessing After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Maftir (PDF)

Haftara 44:8-12 | 44:13-17 | 44:18-23

Blessings after Haftara (PDF | MP3s – Blessing 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

Goals in order of priority

Haftara Trope –

Blessing Before Haftara –

Haftara –

Blessings After Haftara –

Blessings before and after Torah reading –

Torah Trope –

Maftir aliya –

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

Conclusion of Services –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

If there’s time: More Torah reading; parts of Shacharit


Likely going to be holding BM in Israel at Conservative Synagogue. Same day as above, so no changes needed.