Eddie Sinclair’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Eddie, 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 cantor@kehillatbethisrael.com or call/text 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: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2023, 9:00am
30 Tishrei, 5784

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Jan. 12, 2023: Thursdays, 4:00-4:20pm at KBI.

We, June 15, 2022


IN-PERSON, but Richard on ZOOM

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.

We, Nov 2



Prepare Blessing Before Torah reading Learn Blessing Before Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Learn Blessing After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Th, Nov 10


Review Blessing before and after Torah Reading

Prepare Torah Trope Sheet

Learn Torah Trope like a song this week (PDF | MP3).
Th, Nov. 17 NO LESSON – Jason at Convention Keep smoothing out Torah Trope sheet, but this week, look at the symbols, not the words!
Mo, Nov 21

5:30pm at Jason’s House

Review Torah Trope

Review Torah Blessings

Prepare R”Ch Aliya 1; 28:1-2

Use the audio files in the folder below and your printed sheet to learn Aliya 1, 28:1-2 (in the audio file, that means up to 35 seconds.)
Th, Dec 1


Review R”Ch Aliya 1; 28:1-2

Review Torah blessings

Prepare Aliya 1, 28:3 up to ladonai

Learn Aliya 1, 28:3 up to ladonai.

Smooth out and become more confident/smooth with verses 1-2 from last week. The words and tune should roll of your tongue without having to work too hard to read the printed page (but you still want to point as you sing!)

Work on blessing after Torah reading to smooth out those middle 2 lines!

Th, Dec 8


Review Torah blessings

Review Aliya 1 to date

Prepare 2nd half of 28:3

Learn 2nd half of Aliya 1, rest 28:3

Don’t forget to review everything learned so far, every week!

Th, Dec 15


Review Aliya 1

Prepare Aliya 2, 28:3-4

Learn Aliya 2, 28:3-4. Make sure you keep in mind the different end-of-sentence trope compared to the end of aliya 1

Reminder – keep reviewing everything learned so far, every week!

We, Dec 21


Review Aliya 1

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 28:5

First, learn 28:5

THEN Smooth out 28:4

Do them in this order so that you don’t end up spending too much time on the almost-learned stuff and not enough time on the new material. This is a general rule to follow when touching up material from a previous week.

Th, Dec 29 NO LESSON – CJG VACA Keep reviewing!
Th, Jan 5


Th, Jan 12


Review Aliya 2

Prepare Aliya 3 first verse(s)

Review Aliya 1

Learn Aliya 3, 28:6-7
Th, Jan 19

NO LESSON – CJG ILL. Please do homework at right this week.

Review Aliya 3 to date

Prepare Aliya 3, 28:8 and 28:9 up to t’mimim

Learn Aliya 3, 28:8, and 28:9 up to t’mimim.

Remember to review everything learned so far each week!

Th, Jan 26


Review aliya 3 to date

Prepare rest of aliya 3

Parents: Plan to register and be at the CURRENT STUDENTS B’nei Mitzvah information session on Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:45-8pm. Register at www.kehillatbethisrael.com/bm-sessions

Aliya 3: end of v8, practice “uch-nis-ko”

Learn Aliya 3, 28:9-10 (to the end of the aliya)

Th, Feb 2


Review aliya 3

Prepare Aliya 4, 28:11

Learn Aliya 4, 28:11

Keep smoothing out aliya 3

See you on Tuesday at the IN-PROCESS BM info session!

Start planning a schedule for coming to KBI for services. Sunday mornings are at 8:30am; or (also a good idea, for getting to know the congregation and them, you), Saturday mornings — services start at 9am, but 9:30 is a good time to arrive.

Th, Feb 9


Review Aliya 3

Review Aliya 4 to date

Prepare Aliya 4, 28:12

Add more “ch” to your “ch’s”!

Aliya 4, 28:11, fix “shiv-ah t’mimim

Learn Aliya 4, 28:12

Th, Feb 16


Review Aliya 4 to date

Prepare Aliya 4, 28:13

Smooth out aliya 4, 28:11-12

Learn aliya 4, verse 28:13 (much of it is a repeat of earlier verses in aliya 4)

If you have time, touch up aliya 3. Needs some refresher work!

Th, Feb 23


(Diff time b/c Jason delayed)

Review Aliya 3

Review Aliya 4 to date

Prepare Aliya 4, 28:14 up to 
ur-vi-it ha-hin

Review Torah Blessings and Aliyot 2 and 3

Learn Aliya 4, 28:14 up to ur-vi-it ha-hin

Review Aliya 2 – needs some touching up still

Th, Mar 2


Review aliyot 2, 3 and 4 (to date)

Prepare Aliya 4, rest of 28:14 and 28:15

Fix up aliya 2 – “Ta-aseh Bein Ha’arbayim” is a music-ending phrase; and make transition from that into “va-asirit” correct/smooth

Learn aliya 4, rest-of-28:14 and 28:15

Next Rosh Chodesh morning service is Thursday, March 23, 7:30am. If you can be there, that would be great.

Th, Mar 9


Review aliya 2 and 4

Prepare Vay’hi Binsoah (Shabbat melody, like at Hebrew school!)

In aliya 2, work on bein ha-arbayim; and Va-asirit. Make ’em smooth, confident.

Finish learning aliya 4, 28:15

There’s a bat mitzvah this Saturday morning, 9am-12pm (Lola Wise). Please do attend shul!

Th, Mar 16 NO LESSON – CJG away, but please do the homework at right ===> Learn Vay’hi Binso’a Ha’aron up to mi-panecha (ie., first half) (PDF | MP3)

There’s a bar mitzvah this Saturday morning, 9am-12pm (Emet Chen-Melzer). Please do attend shul!

Th, Mar 23


Review Aliya 4 (entire)

Review Vay’hi Binsoa

Prepare Gad’lu and first musical phrase of L’Cha Adonai

Smooth out aliya 4, verses 14 and 15

Learn Gad’lu line (use the Weekday Torah service folder below)

Learn L’cha Adonai up to v’hahod

Th, Mar 30


Review Aliya 4

Review Torah Processional to date

Prepare rest of L’Cha Adonai

Finish smoothing out aliya 4, v15, particularly “us-ir izim echad” and “l’chatat Ladonai

Finish learning L’cha Adonai

You have 3 weeks to do all this because there are no lessons during any of Passover. Next lesson is Apr. 20th

Th, Apr 20


Review Aliya 4

Review Torah Processional

Work on L’Cha Adonai

Finish smoothing out L’Cha Adonai
Th, Apr 27


Review Aliya 4

Review L’Cha Adonai

Prepare Y’hah’lu & Hodo Al Eretz

Learn Y’hal’lu & Hodo Al Eretz p76 (also in Weekday Torah service folder)

Keep smoothing out L’Cha Adonai

Th, May 4


Review L’Cha Adonai

Review Recessional

Prepare End of L’David Mizmor / Ladonai Ha’aretz (Mi Hu Zeh Melech)

Learn End of L’David Mizmor / Ladonai Ha’aretz (Mi Hu Zeh Melech) (MP3), including “Uv-nucho Yomar”
Th, May 11



Review End of L’David Mizmor

Prepare Eitz Chayim Hi first 2 printed lines

Learn Eitz Chayim Hi (“hee”, not “hello”!) First two printed lines. This is in the “Weekday Torah Service” folder link below, or here.

Keep smoothing out last week’s homework, you’ll be singing both weeks’ material to me next lesson.

Th, May 18


Review End of L’David Mizmor / Ladonai Ha’aretz (Mi Hu Zeh Melech), including “Uv-nucho Yomar” intro

Review Eitz Chayim Hi first 2 printed lines

Prepare Eitz Chayim Hi last printed line

Keep smoothing out Torah recessional to date

Learn last printed line of Eitz Chayim Hi

Th, Jun 1


Review Torah Recessional to date

Prepare Hallel B’racha

Smooth out Eitz Chayim (Blumenthal)
Th, Jun 8 NO LESSON – CJG VACATION, but please do homework at right ====> Learn Hallel B’racha (file 01 in the folder below)
Th, Jun 15


Review Torah Recessional

Review Hallel B’racha

Prepare Psalm 113

Learn Hal’luya, Hal’lu Avdei Adonai (p50, Psalm 113) up to either v’ad olam (end of full line 2), OR if you can, up to m’hulal sheim adonai.
Th, June 22


Review Hallel to date

Prepare Hallel Ps. 113, lines 3-6 (up to bashamayim uva-aretz)

Review aliya 2 from STA”M side

Learn Hallel Ps. 113, lines 3-6 (up to bashamayim uva-aretz)

Touch up Aliya 2 from STAM side

We’ll be reviewing the Torah recessional next week, so do brush up on it. Y’hal’lu, etc…

**We, Jun 28


Review Ps 113

Review Torah Processional & Recessional


Please take your materials with you to camp and you must find time to review everything learned so far, at least twice while you’re at camp. Most Jewish camps make time for this, and may even provide a tutor to listen to you. Have a fun Summer!!

We, July 19


ZOOM from Camp

Review session while at camp

Hallel, Torah Processional, Torah readings, Torah Recessional

Th, Aug 3



Review all!

Hallel up to Hal’lu Avdei to date

4 aliyot

Learn Ps. 113 from the box “M’kimi” to the end

Smooth out Aliya 3

Th, Aug 10



Review Ps 113

Prepare Ma L’cha Hayam

Review Aliya 3 & 4

Keep smoothing out all of Psalm 113

Learn “Ma L’cha Hayam” from audio file 3b in the folder

Th, Aug 17


Review Hallel to date

Prepare Adonai Z’charanu first 3 printed lines (ie., up to im ha-g’dolim)

Smooth out Ma L’cha Hayam (call and responses must be smooth — you have to be ready with the next line for the congregation to repeat).

Finish smoothing out Psalm 113

Make both of these rock!

Th, Aug 24


Review Hallel to date

Prepare start of Adonai Z’charanu y’varech

Touch up p51, B’tzeit, last line, Ha-ho-f’-chi Hatzur

Learn Adonai Z’charanu Y’vareich up to v’al b’neichem.

Th, Aug 31 NO LESSON – JASON VACATION, BUT PLEASE DO HOMEWORK AT RIGHT ====> Learn Adonai Z’charanu up to Livnei Adam
Th, Sep 7


Review Hallel to date

Prepare rest of Adonai Z’charanu

Smooth out Adonai Z’charanu up to livnei adam

Learn last 2 lines (lo hameitim to the end).

Th, Sep 14


Review Adonai Z’charanu

Prepare Ana Adonai p55 (straight nusach – for Cheshvan)

Smooth out all of Adonai Z’charanu

Keep reviewing everything learned so far.

We’re now moving into our “maintenance” phase — keep everything fresh by reviewing it ALL, each week, and working on and smoothing out anything that is not so confident or correct.

Get back in touch with Rav Baruch for your D’var Torah

Th, Sep 21


Start Reviewing everything


Torah processional

4 Torah reading with blessings

Torah recessional

Aliya 3 needs review at home.

All aliyot need to be read from the TORAH side from now on.

No lesson next week – CJG unavailable

Th, Sep 28 NO LESSON – Jason Unavailable
Th, Oct 5


Review 4 aliyot from STA”M side

Review Torah Recessional

Keep practing Torah from the STA”M side

Review Hallel (all the parts you learned)

Wed, Oct 11

7:15 Tallit & T’filin with Jason
7:30 Morning service
8:30 Breakfast
8:50 Runthrough on Bimah

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

Torah Trope Sheet (PDF | MP3)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Rosh Chodesh Weekday Torah Readings (folder)

Weekday Torah Service (folder)

Hallel for Rosh Chodesh (folder)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

Torah Trope – DONE

Rosh Chodesh 4 Torah Readings (PDF & MP3) – DONE

Torah Processional – DONE

Torah Recessional – DONE

Hallel – IN PROGRESS. Focus on “Greatest Hits of Hallel” for time.

D’var Torah and mitzvah project (with Rav Baruch) – IN PROGRESS