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

Learn rest of Haftara 1:6, and 1:7

Scan the latest copy of  your page with transliteration and email it to Cantor Green. (I’ll put it on this page for emergencies)

Make sure to come up with a consistent place to keep your bat mitzvah folder so it doesn’t get misplaced.

You have 3 weeks before our next lesson. Use the time to do “super-review” of your haftara so that you “sense” the next words and tune at any given point. Make it super-confident!

We, Apr 19



Review Haftara to date with Blessing before

Prepare Haftara 1:8

1. Learn Haftara rest-of-1:7 (from vayaz’ru) and first 4 words of 1:8 (up to ven y’hoyada)

2. Go back and smooth out (ie., “re-learn” – use the homework technique) 1:6 and 1:7

3. Review everything learned so far so it stays fresh and confident!

We, Apr 26


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of-1:8 and 1:9 up to ein rogeil

Review Maftir

Learn Haftara rest-of-1:8 and 1:9 up to ein rogeil

Practice maftir — keep it smooth!

We, May 3


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest of 1:9 and 1:10

Review Maftir

1. Learn haftara, rest-of-1:9 and 1:10

2. Touch up, using the audio files, anything that gets you tripped up or is un-confident, partic. the new verses, 7-9

3. Keep smoothing out and “going for it” on your maftir. It’s just missing the final bit of confidence, but otherwise, you know it well!

We, May 10


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 1:11

Review Maftir

Learn Haftara 1:11

Keep Smoothing out vs. 7-10. Circle words with a pencil where you find yourself pausing or “searching” for the right pronuciation or tune, and go back to the audio file for those words and practice them separately 5-8 times in a row. This should help you overcome any confidence issues!

We, May 17


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 1:12 and 1:13 up to adoni hamelech

Learn Haftara 1:12 and 1:13 up to adoni hamelech

Make sure you circle words or phrases throughout the whole haftara so far that give you pause or where you hesitate, so that you can go back (when CJG is on vacation) and work on smoothing out those spots.

We, May 24


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 1:13 from nishbata up to yimloch acharai

Smooth out homework from last week – 12 an 13 up to Adoni hamelech

Learn Haftara 1:13 from nishbata up to yimloch acharai

We, May 31


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of 1:13 and 1:14

Learn Haftara rest-of 1:13 and 1:14

Go back and smooth out haftara from 1:10 on.

You have two weeks to do that — no lesson next week

We, Jun 7 NO LESSON – CJG Vacation Keep making your haftara amazing and smooth and confident!
We, Jun 14


Review Haftara from 1:9

Prepare Haftara 1:15

Learn Haftara 1:15

Keep smoothing out from 1:09, and to help you get the notes right, do write some note “pictograms” to help you with the trope sounds.

We, Jun 21


Review Haftara to date (from beginning)

Prepare Haftara 1:16 and 1:17 up to la-amatecha

Review Maftir

Learn Haftara 1:16 and 1:17 up to la-amatecha

Practice Maftir – it got a bit rusty!

Tu, Jun 27


Review Haftara from beginning

Prepare Haftara rest-of 1:17

Review Maftir

Verse 13, fix the trope from nish-bata up to the end of the verse (adoniyahu)

Smooth out first half of v17 (up to la-amatecha)

We, Aug 2


Review Haftarah from p2

Prepare rest of v17

Touch up vs 16-17 to date

Learn rest of v17, v18, and v19 up to v’chol b’nei hamelech

Tu, Aug 8


Review Haftara from v16

Prepare rest of v19, and v20 up to the last word of the page (alecha)

Learn rest of v19, and v20 up to the last word of the page (alecha)

Review and smooth out v. 17-19

We, Aug 16


(usual day & time)

Review Haftara from v16

Prepare Haftara rest-of-verse-20

Prepare 1st Blessing after the Haftara, 1st half

Learn Haftara rest-of-verse-20 (top of p4)

Learn Blessing 1 after Haftara (the whole blessing!)

We, Aug 23


Review Haftara from v 17

Review Blessing 1 after Haftara

Prepare Blessing 2 and some of Blessing 3 after Haftara

Smooth out v18, particularly working on the trope of the second v’atah (t’vir). Same for vayeisheiv in verse 20

Learn Blessing 2 after the haftara, and once you’re done learning that this week, listen to Blessing 3 after haftara a number of (extra) times this week.

NO LESSON Next week, but do the homework  below.

We, Aug 30 NO LESSON, CJG on vacation, but


Learn Blessing 3 after Haftara

Keep smoothing out haftara and Blessings 1-2 after haftara

We, Sept 6


Review Blessings 1-3 after haftara

Prepare Blessing 4 after Haftara, 1st half

Prepare Haftara 21 up to v’hayiti

Smooth out blessing 3 after haftara

Learn first half of blessing 4 after haftara, up to ultif-aret

We, Sept 12


Review blessings 1-4.5 after Haftara

Prepare rest of Blessing 4 after haftara

Prepare Haftara 21 up to v’hayiti

Learn 2nd half of blessing 4 after the Haftara (from al hakol)

Learn Haftara 21 up to v’hayiti

Smooth out haftara from v18

We, Sep 20


Review Haftara from v18 to mid-21

Review blessings 3 and 4 after haftara

Prepare Haftara rest-of-v21, 22, and 23 up to hanavi\

Review Maftir

Smooth out blessing 4

Learn Haftara rest-of-v21, 22, and 23 up to hanavi

Smooth out Haftara v18-21

Reminder: You MUST review everything learned so far, each week, to keep it fresh and confident like the week your learned it!

Reach out to Rav Baruch (Frydman-Kohl) ravbaruch@kehillatbethisrael.com, to set up Bat Mitzvah D’var Torah and Mitzvah Project. Tell him Cantor Jason sent you!

We, Sep 27


Review Haftara from v18

Prepare rest-of-v23 and 24

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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 – DONE

Haftara Trope – DONE

Blessing before Haftara – DONE

Haftara Chayei Sarah – IN PROGRESS

Blessings after Haftara –

Torah Trope –

Maftir aliya – DONE

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

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