Aviva Lesser’s Personalized Bat Mitzvah Page

Aviva, 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 lessons. 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 me know if there’s a problem right away.


Bat Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, MAY 18th, 2024, 9:00am
10 Iyyar, 5784

Tutoring Schedule – Starting ???: ???days, X:20-Y:40pm in Cantor Green’s office @ KBI.

Th, Feb 9, 2023

In Person @ KBI

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.


At-home with parents

Learn to Read Hebrew Course (PDF)

Conclusion of Services: Ein Keiloheinu, Aleinu, Adon Olam, Kiddush for Saturday morning (PDF | MP3s)

Torah Service (PDF | MP3s)

We, May 24


Provide B’nei Mitzvah Folder, discuss link, bookmark it!

Prepare Blessings before and after Torah Reading

Learn Blessings Before and After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3 – Before | MP3 – After)
We, May 31


Review Torah Blessings

Prepare Haftara Trope

Discuss Blessing Before Haftara (b/c next week – no lesson)

Learn Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF | Haftara Trope)
We, June 7


Please do homework at right… Learn Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Reminder: Keep reviewing everything learned so far and fix any trouble spots

We, June 14


Review Torah Blessings

Review Haftara Trope

Review Blessing before Haftara

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

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF | Torah Trope | Haftara Trope)

Blessings Before and After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3 – Before | MP3 – After)

Maftir Aliya – Emor – All in Lev. 24 (PDF | MP3)

24:21 – 0:00 24:22 – 0:13 24:23 – 0:32

Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Haftara Emor, all in Ezekiel Ch 44 (PDF | MP3)

15 – 0:00 16 – 0:53 17 – 1:18 18 – 1:59 19 – 2:25 20 – 3:21 21 – 3:42 22 – 3:58
23 – 4:34 24 – 4:53 25 – 5:25 26 – 6:05 27 – 6:18 28 – 6:47 29 – 7:13 30 – 7:33
31 – 8:15

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

Torah Service (PDF)


Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading –

Haftara Trope –

Blessing before Haftara –

Haftara –

Blessings after Haftara – 

Torah Trope –

Maftir aliya –

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

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