Julia Greenberg’s Personalized Bat Mitzvah Page

Julia, 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.


Bat Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2023, 9:00am
27 Cheshvan, 5784

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Nov. 16. 2022: Wednesdays, 4:40-5:00pm in-person

Th, Sep 1, 2022


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.

Tu, Nov 22, 



Prepare Blessing Before Torah reading Learn Blessing Before Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)
We, Nov 30



We, Dec 7


Review Blessing before Torah Reading

Prepare Blessing after Torah reading

Learn Blessing After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Learn Torah Trope first half (up to first “Sof Pasuk) (PDF | MP3)

We, Dec 14


Review both Torah blessings

Review Torah Trope first half

Work more on Torah Trope 1st half

Finish Learning Torah Trope first half (up to first “Sof Pasuk) (PDF | MP3). Make sure you use the homework technique in the top box of this column, and give yourself at least 3 separate homework sittings of 15-20 minutes each to make this work!

The plan for next week (below) is grayed out so you don’t get confused as to what this week’s homework is! 🙂

We, Dec 21


Review Torah Trope first half

Prepare Torah Trope 2nd half

Learn Torah Trope second half (from Pazeir to the end) (PDF | MP3)
We, Dec 28 NO LESSON – WINTER BREAK Keep smoothing out Torah Trope Sheet
We, Jan 4


Review Trope Sheet

Prepare Maftir 25:16 and half of 25:17 up to m’at shana.

Learn Maftir 25:16 and half of 25:17 up to m’at shana.

Touch up Torah blessings so they’re smooth.

We, Jan 11


Review Maftir to date

Re-prepare Maftir 25:16 and half of 25:17 up to v’sheva shanim

Touch up blessing after Torah reading

(Re-)prepare Maftir 25:16 and 2/3 of 25:17 up to v’sheva shanim

Use the MP3 for the Maftir in the downloads section below. Let Cantor Green know right after you get home from each lesson if there’s any problem with your webpage!

We, Jan 18


ZOOM (CJG ill)

Review Maftir to date

Prepare rest of 25:17 and 25:18

Learn rest of 25:17 and 25:18

Keep smoothing out blessing after Torah reading

We, Jan 25


Review Maftir (entire) with Torah blessings around it.

Prepare Haftara Trope like a song

Smooth out 25:18

Learn Haftara Trope, first half (up to first sof pasuk)… BUT, if you can, finish it up! (MP3)

We, Feb 1


Review Haftara Trope Learn 2nd half of Haftara Trope (MP3)

Finish smoothing out maftir 25:18. Make it roll off your tongue.

We, Feb 8


Review entire Haftara Trope sheet

Review entire Maftir

Prepare Blessing Before Haftara

Learn Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Keep smoothing out maftir

We, Feb 15


Review Maftir with blessings (particularly interested in a smooth transition to verse 18 and a smooth ending!

Review Blessing before Haftara

Prepare Haftara 1:1 and 1:2 up to v’tulah

Fix the beginning notes/tropes of Blessing before Haftara

Smooth out all of the blessing before haftara

Learn Haftara 1:1

Th, Feb 23


Review Blessing before Haftara

Review Haftara 1:1

Prepare Haftara 1:2

First, Learn Haftara 1:2

Then, Smooth out Haftara 1:1, particularly the transition from ba bayamim to Vai-cha-SU-hu.

We, Mar 1


Review Haftara to date with blessing before

Prepare Haftara 1:3, and 1:4 up to ad m’od

Learn Haftara 1:3, and 1:4 up to ad m’od
We, Mar 8


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of-1:4, and 1:5 up to vaya-as lo

Please smooth out and get more confidence going on the blessing before the haftara.

Learn rest of 1:4 from va-t’hi hamelech

Smooth out 1:3 and 1:4

Come to Lola Wise’s Bat Mitzvah at KBI this Saturday!! It’s very important you attend your classmates’ b’nei mitzvah.

We, Mar 15 NO LESSON – CANTOR VACA, but please keep doing the homework from last week. See homework from March 8th – keep working on it;

Review entire Haftara with blessing before and make sure there are no “glitches”

*Th, Mar 23


Review Haftara to date, with blessing before

Prepare Haftara 1:5 and 1:6 up to leimor

Learn Haftara 1:5 and 1:6 up to leimor
We, Mar 29


Review Haftara to date with blessing before

Prepare rest of Haftara 1:6, and 1:7 up to hakohein

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

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Maftir Chayei Sarah – (PDF | MP3) – All in Gen. 25

16 – 0:00 17 – 0:23 18 – 0:52

Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Haftara Chayei Sarah – All in 1-Kings, Chapter 1 (PDF | MP3)

1 – 0:00 2 – 0:18 3 – 0:55 4 – 1:23 5 – 1:45 6 – 2:16 7 – 2:44 8 – 3:09
9 – 3:39 10 – 4:18 11 – 4:39 12 – 5:09 13 – 5:33 14 – 6:23 15 – 6:47 16 – 7:12
17 – 7:29 18 – 7:58 19 – 8:17 20 – 8:54 21 – 9:23 22 – 9:45 23 – 10:01 24 – 10:27
25 -10:52 26 – 11:43 27 – 12:09 28 – 12:40 29 – 13:04 30 – 13:23 31 – 14:05

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

Torah Service (PDF)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – IN PROGRESS

Torah Trope –

Maftir aliya –

Haftara Trope –

Blessing before Haftara –

Haftara Chayei Sarah –

Blessings after Haftara –

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

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