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
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!

Th, May 19

12-12:20 pm Eastern

(SKYPE From Germany)

Review Aliya 1

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:23, first half

Learn Aliya 2  – 25:23 first half, up to yipareidu

Keep practicing Aliya 1 – make it super smooth so it practically rolls off your tongue!

Th, May 26

12-12:20pm Eastern


Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2 rest-of-25:23

Review Aliya 1

TALIA DIDN’T APPEAR ON SKYPE (CJG tried using Talia’s SKYPE ID instead of Emanuel’s)
Th, Jun 2

12-12:20pm Eastern

Emanuel’s SKYPE

Review Aliya 1

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2 rest-of-25:23 and 25:24

Learn aliya 2, rest-of-25:23 and 25:24

Here are the resources for Aliya 2: PDF | MP3. The start times for each of these aliyot is in the table below for “Aliya 2”

Th, Jun 9

12-12:20pm Eastern

Emanuel’s Skype

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:25

Th, Jun 16

12-12:20 Eastern


Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:25

Smooth out v’rav ya-avod tza-eer in v23

Smooth out v 24

Learn first 3 words of v 25 (up to ad-monee)

Th, Jun 23

12-12:20pm Eastern

Review aliya 2 up to v25, admoni

Prepare more of v25, up to sei-ar

Learn rest of 25:25

Keep smoothing out v 23-24, particularly, ya-avod tza-ir; and make sure your “yuds” are the y’- sound, not a glottal stop sounds (like mil-OM)

Th, June 30 NO LESSON Keep doing above homework. Make it perfect for our next meeting
Th, July 7

12-12:20pm Eastern

Review aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:26 up to Eisav

Th, July 21

12:20-12:40pm Eastern

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 25:26 up to ba’akeiv Eisav

Review Aliya 1

Learn 25:26 up to ba-akeiv Eisav

Keep practicing everything learned so far!

Th, July 28


Review Aliya 2 to date

Finish preparing 25:26 (end of aliya 2)

Go back to studying verse 26. Smooth out last week’s homework. Please make sure “achiv” is pronounced properly (not “ashiv”!)

Add the next three words: “vayikra sh’mo Ya’akov” as your new learning for this week.

Th, Aug 4

12:-12:20pm Eastern

SKYPE (Emanuels’)

Review aliya 2 to date

Finish preparing aliya 2.

Th, Sep 1,



Review aliya 2

Prepare Havdallah — Eliyahu HaNavi first 3 printed lines (ie., “chorus”)

Learn Eliyahu HaNavi chorus (ie., first 3 printed lines)
Th, Sep 8



Review Eliyahu HaNavi first paragraph

Prepare rest of Eliyahu HaNavi

Review Torah blessings

Learn the rest of Eliyahu Hanavi (Bim-heira to the end) and then go back and repeat the chorus you learned last week.

Smooth out (re-study) blessing after Torah reading (PDF | MP3)

Please pack up your Bat Mitzvah materials and place them in your school backpack so we can use them in lessons hence.

Th, Sep 15



Review Eliya HaNavi (all)

Review Torah blessings (before and after)

Smooth out (re-study) blessing after Torah reading (PDF | MP3)

Keep practicing Eliyahu HaNavi SLOWLY — the whole song (chorus – verse – chorus)

Th, Sep 22 NO LESSON – CJG Unavailable b/c of RH prep
Th, Sep 29



Review Blessings before and after Torah reading

Review 2 aliyot

Review Eliyahu HaNavi

Smooth out aliya 1 – mark the Hebrew minimally so you can get smooth, particularly at vayetar and vayei-ater.

Smooth out aliya 2 – partic. transitions from one pasuk (sentence) to the next, and mostly in the second half.

Th, Oct 6


Review 2 aliyot

Prepare Havdallah Friedman Niggun and Borei P’ri HaGafen

Learn Havdallah – Debbie Friedman – Savri, Niggun and Blessing over wine (MP3)
Th, Oct 13


Review Havdallah (Friedman) – Savri, Niggun and “Hagafen”

Prepare “B’samim” and “Eish”

Finish learning/smoothing out the “Borei P’ri HaGafen” verse

Learn the “Borei Minei V’samim” and “Borei M’orei Ha-Eish” verses

Th, Oct 20


Keep reviewing and perfecting Havdallah (including Eliyahu HaNavi) and your two aliyot.
Th, Oct 27


Review Havdallah to date, including Eliyahu HaNavi.

Prepare First half of Hamavdil section

  1. Smooth out each of the first 3 Havdallah “Friedman” blessings (gafen, v’samim, eish)
  2. Learn first half of large paragraph at the bottom this week (up to l’choshech), which the first half of this:

Baruch… ha-olam…
Ha-mav-deel bein ko-desh l’-cho……ol
Bein o……r  l’-cho…-shech.

(Next week) – Bein Yis-ra-el la-a-mim, bein yom ha-sh’-vee-ee
L’sheishet y’mei ha-ma-aseh
Baruch ata Adonai…. ha-mav-deel bein kodesh l’chol (Amen)

Th, Nov 3


Review Havdallah to date

Prepare last half of Hamavdil paragraph

Learn final paragraph of Havdallah really well (listen, listen, listen!!! Then do a lot of singing along).
Th, Nov 10


Review Havdallah

Review Torah (Right) side of Layning

Totally smooth out the final paragraph of Havdallah (the long paragraph). You will want to make sure when “demonstrating” to Rabbi Kenter, that you really know Havdallah well.
Mo, Nov 14

7:30am Minyan

8:30am Breakfast

8:45-9:15am Ruthrough with Rabbi Kenter, including your speech.

With Rabbi Kenter (CJG away) Rabbi Kenter will suggest what to focus on this week.
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Downloads (click to open, right-click to save to your computer)

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Aliya 1 – Tol’dot (PDF | MP3) – all in Genesis, Chapter 25 – TALIA READING

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

Aliya 2 – Tol’dot (PDF | MP3) – All in Genesis, Chapter 25 – TALIA READING

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

Aliya 3 – Tol’dot (PDF| MP3) – NOMI READING

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

Havdallah (Folder)

Torah Service (PDF)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

Aliya 1 – DONE

Aliya 2 – DONE

Sh’lishi Aliya – (not Talia) – Mom layning

Havdallah – Eliyahu Hanavi (DONE)

Havdallah – Friedman – IN PROGRESS

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –



Aliya 1 – Talia

Aliya 2 – Nomi’s Mom

Aliya 3 – Nomi’s Dad

Hagbaha –

G’lila –