Talia Mayer’s Personalized Bat Mitzvah Page

Talia, use this page 3-4 times each week to prepare for your Bat 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. It is your responsibility to check this page to ensure it’s working properly right after each lesson, and let Cantor Green know if there’s a problem right away.

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

Bat Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2022, 3:30pm (Time TBC)
25 Cheshvan, 5783

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Jan. 27, 2022: Thursdays, 5:00-5:20pm on Skype (ID jgreen361)

Fr, Jan 21



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. In your first homework session, Listen to the assigned audio files, each phrase separately, at least 15 times each. Let it sink in! Best practice is to listen a couple more times in a second sitting before trying to sing along.

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. You’ll know you’re ready for step 3 when the audio recording feels too slow or is ‘holding you back’.

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.

Bring a looseleaf binder (with sheet pockets)

Th, Feb 3


Prepare Blessing Before Torah reading Print out and Learn Blessing Before Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Print out Blessing AFTER Torah reading as well (PDF | MP3)

Th, Feb 10


Review Blessing before Torah Reading

Prepare Blessing after Torah reading

Learn the Blessing AFTER the Torah reading (PDF | MP3)
Th, Feb 17


Review Blessings before and after Torah reading

Prepare Torah Trope like a song, first half

Learn first half of Torah trope like a song (PDF | MP3). Focus on the shape and colour of the trope symbols, and point to them as you go. It’s an important practice to point to the words as you will be doing so when you read from the actual Torah scroll.

Keep practicing Torah blessings

Th, Feb 24


Review first half of Torah Trope like a song

Prepare Torah trope from after zakeif gadol up to and including t’lisha k’tana

Learn Torah trope from after zakeif gadol up to and including t’lisha k’tana

Be able to sing the whole sheet up to that point. Add the trope symbols to your hand-written version of the sheet. Try to put the symbol above or below the specific syllable that has the main accent.

Th, Mar 3


Review Torah trope to date

Prepare Torah trope from t’lisha g’dola to the end of the sheet

Finish learning Torah trope (ie., from t’lisha k’tana)

Go to Staples and print “Aliya HaRishonah – Tol’dot” (PDF)

Th, Mar 24


Review Torah Trope

Prepare Aliya HaRishonah 25:19

Learn Aliya HaRishonah 25:19 (PDF| MP3)
Th, Mar 31


Review Torah blessings

Review Aliya HaRishonah 25:19

Prepare Aliya HaRishonah 25:20 up to Ha-arami

Learn Aliya HaRishonah 25:20 up to Ha-arami
Th, Apr 7


Review Aliya to date with blessing

Prepare rest of Aliya HaRishonah 25:20 and first part of 25:21 up to l’nochach ishto

Learn rest of Aliya HaRishonah 25:20 and first part of 25:21 up to l’nochach ishto
Th, Apr 14


Review Aliya 1 to date

Prepare rest of 25:21 and 25:22

Learn rest of 25:21 and 25:22 (to the end). You have two weeks to do this – no lesson next week.

If you haven’t done so already, please print a colour-copy of your Aliya HaSh’niya (Aliya #2) (PDF)

Th, Apr 21 NO LESSON – PASSOVER (CJG not available) Keep studying last week’s homework, and review everything so far — keep if fresh.
Th, Apr 28


Review Aliya 1 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:22

Finish learning Aliya 1, 25:21

Learn Aliya 2, 25:22 (last verse)

Please print Aliyot #1, 2, and 3 below so that we can start getting used to what the shapes of each word looks like as we sing it (mostly memorized, of course). This is how we get you to the point of being able to read your text right from the Torah. You CAN do this! Please do the printing!


(From Germany)

Review Aliya 1

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:23, first half


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

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Aliya HaRishonah – Tol’dot (PDF | MP3) – all in Genesis, Chapter 25

19 – 0:00 20 – 0:17 21 – 0:50 22 – 1:19

Aliya HaSh’niya – Tol’dot (PDF | MP3) – All in Genesis, Chapter 25

23 – 0:00 24 – 0:34 25 – 0:49 26 – 1:10

Aliya HaSh’lishit – Tol’dot (PDF| MP3)

25:27 – 0:00 28 – 0:26 29 – 0:43 30 – 1:01 31 – 1:28 32 – 1:43 33 – 2:02
34 – 2:25 26:1 – 2:54 2 – 3:24 3 – 3:44 4 – 4:22 5 – 4:52

Torah Service (PDF)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

Rishon Aliya – DONE

Sheini Aliya – IN PROGRESS

Sh’lishi Aliya

Havdallah –

Mincha Torah Processional –

Mincha Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

Other items as time allows: Other Torah aliyot; Musaf; Hallel