Adam Levitan’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Adam, 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 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 AFTERNOON, August 12th, 2023, 6:30pm TBC
25th of Av, 5783

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Oct 12, 2022: Wednesdays, 4:00-4:20pm @ Cantor Green’s office

We, Sep 14, 2022



Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Process

Intro to Webpage

Goal Setting

Lesson Time (start asap)

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, Oct 26


Prepare Torah Blessings Torah Blessings (PDF):

Learn Blessing Before Torah reading (MP3)

Learn Blessing After Torah reading (MP3)

Discuss as a family what new date or type of service you’d like to switch to (avoiding your Israel trip, end of August). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

We, Nov 2

**4:40-5pm TODAY

Review Blessings before and after Torah reading Let me know what dates for (probably) a Saturday afternoon Bar Mitzvah. Materials we learn will depend on that!
We, Nov 9


Prepare Torah Trope Learn Torah Trope (PDF | MP3). You have two weeks to learn this as there’s no lesson next week
We, Nov 16 NO LESSON – CJG AT CA CONVENTION Keep studying and smoothing out Trope sheet. Make sure that you’re looking at the trope symbols this week rather than focusing on the printed names of the tropes.
Tu, Nov 22



Prepare Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 1, 16:18

Learn R’ei Aliya 1, 16:18, using the table for Aliya 1 in the downloads section, below.
We, Nov 30


ZOOM TODAY (Adam not 100%)

Review Torah Trope

Review Shof’tim aliya 1 to date

Prepare Aliya 1, 16:19

Learn Aliya 1, 16:19

Try to learn Aliya 1, 16:20 as well. Go as far as you can with it – “Challenge without overwhelming!”

We, Dec 7


Review Aliya 1 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 16:21-22

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

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 1 (PDF | MP3) – All in Deut. 16

18 – 0:00 19 – 0:25 20 – 0:49

Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 2 (PDF | MP3) – Deut. 16 & 17

16:1 – 2 – 17:1 – 2 – 3 – 4 –
5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 –

Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 3 (PDF | MP3) – All in Deut. 17

11 – 12 – 13 –

Weekday Torah Service (PDFs | MP3s)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading –

Maftir aliya –

Blessing before Haftara

Haftara –

Blessings after Haftara –

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

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