Jaxon Olszynko’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Jaxon, 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. 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.


Bar Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, APRIL 29th, 2023, 9:00am
8 Iyyar, 5783

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Wed, Aug. 10: Wednesdays, 5:40-6:00pm IN PERSON AT KBI

Th, Aug 4, 2022



Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Process

BM Folder

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.

We, Aug 10


Prepare Blessing Before Torah reading Learn Blessing Before Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)
We, Aug 17


Review Blessing before Torah Reading

Prepare Blessing after Torah reading

Finish smoothing out the blessing before Torah reading

Learn Blessing after Torah reading (PDF | MP3)

Use the homework technique above! Make sure you practice 3 times each week, or better, every day. Make yourself proud!

We, Aug 24


Review both Torah blessings

Prepare Torah Trope, first half

Smooth out blessing after Torah reading (especially 3rd line. Use English transliterations for this week, then erase!)

Learn Torah Trope (PDF | MP3) up to Zakeif Gadol (middle of printed line 3)

We, Aug 31


Review Blessings before and after Torah reading

Review Torah Trop up to Zakeif Gadol

Prepare Torah trop from Mercha Tip’cha up to T’lisha G’dolah

Learn Torah trop from Mercha Tip’cha up to T’lisha G’dolah

Smooth out blessing after Torah reading. Make that third line super smooth!

We, Sep 7


Review Torah Blessings

Review Torah trope to date

Prepare rest of the Torah trope

Smooth out mercha tip’cha to t’lisha g’dolah

Learn Kadma v’azla to Ger-shayim

We, Sep 14 NO LESSON – Jaxon not available.

Do homework at right and keep reviewing everything so far

Learn Torah Trope from Darga to the end, skipping the words (as the audio file does) that are in red parentheses and crossed off. Those are exceedingly rare tropes and we don’t need those for your Torah portion.
We, Sep 21 NO LESSON – CJG Week of HHs Prep Keep reviewing and smoothing out everything learned so far
We, Sep 28


Review Torah Trope Finish smoothing out from Darga to the end, skipping the words (as the audio file does) that are in red parentheses and crossed off.

Make the whole Torah Trope Sheet smooth and confident.

Remember, every week, you must review and keep fresh everything we’ve learned so far.

**Th, Oct 6


Review Torah Trope

Prepare Maftir verse 25, first half, up to latahor

Learn Maftir verse 25, first half, up to latahor. Use the MP3 listed with “Maftir K’doshim”, below, and use the table to find the starting point in the audio file for the verse we’re working on (in this case, at 0:00, or the beginning).
We, Oct 12


Review Maftir v25 up to latahor

Prepare next 1/3 of v25

We, Oct 26


Review Maftir v25 up to latahor

Prepare next 1/3 of v25

Learn maftir up to uva-of

Review and smooth out last week’s maftir homework so you can do both in succession

We, Nov 2


Review Maftir to date

Prepare rest of v25

Prepare Shishi aliya for Manny including recording

1. Learn maftir v25 from uv-chol to the end of that sentence (l’tamei)


2. Touch up and smooth out the first part of v25 (from beginning up to uva-of)

We, Nov 9


Review Maftir to date Maftir vs 25 is not in great shape yet. Need to spend more time on your BarM homework and use the study technique in the top box of this column…

For next lesson, in about 2 weeks, make sure your verse 25 is stunningly beautiful, smooth, and confident!

Need to work out a potential Monday lesson (Nov 21) as I’ll be on vaca Nov. 23-26.

We, Nov 16 NO LESSON – Cantor away
**Mo, Nov 21


Review maftir vs 25

Prepare maftir vs 26 up to Ani Adonai.


Hey Jaxon. Wishing you better! Please do the homework at right as you’re able.

We’re going to pare back the expectation to do other parts of the service so you can take your time on the 3-verse maftir. Since we’ve been working on verse 25 for a couple of months now, I’d like you to commit to making all of verse 25 correct, smooth and confident this week so we can move forward to the following verse next week.

Remember, you can do this by taking initiative, setting aside time for yourself to study — really study (using the homework method in the top box of this column), and feeling great about your accomplishments. I’ll be able to tell — and compliment you — when you’ve worked hard! 🙂

We, Dec 7


Review maftir v25

Prepare maftir v26 up to Ani Adonai.

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

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Maftir K’doshim (PDF | MP3)

20:25 – 0:00 26 – 0:40 27 – 1:00

Blessing before Haftara (PDF)

Haftara (PDF | MP3), all in Amos Ch9

7 – 0:00 8 – 0:33 9 – 1:14 10 – 1:40 11 – 2:04
12 – 2:34 13 – 2:58 14 – 3:30 15 – 4:08

Blessings after Haftara (PDF | Audio: Blessing 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

Torah Service (PDF)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading –

Blessing before Haftara

Haftara –

Blessings after Haftara –

Maftir aliya –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

IF TIME: Torah Processional –

IF TIME: Torah Recessional –

Other items as time allows: Other Torah aliyot; Conclusion of Services, etc.



Manny reading aliya 6 (PDF & MP3)