Adult B’nei Mitzvah Webpage

Adult B’nei Mitzvah students, use this page to help you prepare for your B’nei Mitzvah. You can use the tools and downloadable items provided here to learn and practice your trope and other shul skills. For questions, e-mail me at or call/text me at 613-327-3984.

Adult B’nei Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, 2024, 9:00am
1 Adar I, 5784

Schedule of Classes with Cantor Green



Sunday, July 23, 2023

8:30am minyan

9:15am breakfast

9:30-10:30 class

Intro to Adult B’nei Mitzvah Sections 2:

Shul Skills

Trope Class

Program Outline (PDF)

Intro Class recording (MP4)

Sunday, July 30


Intro to Nusach (Prayer Modes, Motifs, and Melodies) Class 1 recording – Apologies, the Zoom recording’s audio was terribly intermittent and not worth posting.

Here are the Intro to Nusach Lecture Notes (Note: page numbers referenced are for a different Siddur than the one we use at KBI) (PDF).

Sunday, Aug. 6


Intro to Prayer

Intro to Trope (Torah Cantillation or Music System)

Class 2 recording (MP4)

Prayer Article by CJG (PDF) – fixed Hebrew font!

Trope “Cheat Sheet” (a one-time-through all the trope, to be elaborated on during Trope Course (PDF | Torah Trope MP3)

No class next week as CJG is away.

Sunday, Aug. 20


How to do an Aliya LaTorah (Blessings before and after a Torah reading) – Choreography, blessings (meaning & practice).

This class will not be offered on Zoom, but rather, recorded and uploaded afterward. Zoom attenuates both the sound quality and the video resolution. In-person attendance is strongly recommended as we will be doing a ‘field trip’ to the sanctuary for a hands-on lesson at the Torah.

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

Aliya Instructional video (note, this was recorded at a different synagogue, and I had a darker beard, but the ritual is the same!)

Class video recordings: YouTube (close-up) / Livestream (wide angle)

Sunday, Aug. 27


Prayer Wear — Kippot, Tallit, T’filin


Sun, Oct 22


Torah Trope Class 1 – Intro and overview, start of Etnachta phrases Trope class 1 video recording

Trope Class 1 slides

Sun, Oct 29


Torah Trope Class 2

Recap of Etnachta phrases

Sof Pasuk phrases

Trope Class 2 video recording

Trope Class 2 slides

Sun, Nov 5


Torah Trope Class 3

Review Sof Pasuk

Continue Basic Zakeif Katon

If time, start combining phrases

Trope Class 3 video recording

Trope Class 3 slides

Note: Below is a list of “modules” in the Shabbat morning service of the Adult B’nei Mitzvah. Have a look and see if there’s something you’d like to learn and/or help lead, or learn more about.

Let me know if you want to have a discussion about what’s available, what’s involved in a particular sections, etc.

Sun, Nov 12


Trope Class 4

Review / Combining phrases up to Zakeif Katon

Prepare R’vi’i phrases (including munach l’garmeih and p’skeik)

See link above this table for class recording YouTube playlist

See below for Adult B’nei Mitzvah assignments. If you haven’t yet signed up for a role, please contact Cantor Green. Learning resources will shortly be posted in the list below this table.

Sun, Nov 19


Trope Class 5

Review R’vi’i phrases

Prepare Darga/T’vir phrases

Preview Geireish/Geir’shayim phrases

Discuss ABM assignments (see below)

See link above for Class 5 video within the playlist.

Start on your Adult B’nei Mitzvah assignments. Cantor Green will upload missing items over the next week or two.

Sun, Dec 3



Sun, Dec 10


Trope Class 6

Review Darga, T’vir

Prepare Geireish/Geir’shayim phrases

See link above for Class 6 video within the playlist.

Keep working on your Adult B’nei Mitzvah assignments. Cantor Green will upload missing items over the next week or two.

Sun, Dec. 17


Trope Class 7

Review Geireish/Gershayim phrases

Prepare Segol Phrases

Prepare Advanced Zakeif Katon Phrases (up to boxes exercise)

See link above for Class 7 video within the playlist.

Keep working on your Adult B’nei Mitzvah assignments. Cantor Green will upload missing items over the next week or two.

Sun, Jan 7


Review Advanced Zakeif Katon phrases

Prepare Pazer, Zakeif Gadol, Telisha G’dola

From CJG:

Unfortunately, the video recording file was corrupted as I had unknowingly run out of storage space on my phone. Fortunately, this video from 2020 seems to be exactly the same material.

Sun, Jan 21


Review Pazer, Zakeif Gadol, Telisha G’dola / Adding Word Exercises

Prepare Sof Aliya, End of Book phrases

Present your parts in front of the group!

Video for class 9 added to the YouTube playlist linked just above this table.

Prepare for your parts on Feb. 10th! Note no class this coming Sunday, and note the zoom session to review your roles on Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30-7:10pm.

Sun, Jan 28 NO CLASS – CJG out of town Email CJG to make appointments the week of Feb. 6-9 to come in and practice 1 -on-1.
Thurs, Feb. 1



Join CJG and others on Zoom to go over your roles. Be ready to sing to the group!
Sun. Feb 4



Bring all your materials!

Week of Feb. 6-9 Appointments to review your roles. Email me at to set up in-person (recommended for Torah readings!) or zoom (for davening) appointments.
Sat., Feb. 10 ADULT B’NEI MITZVAH SHABBAT!! Mazal tov!
Sun., Feb. 11 World Wide Wrap – Put on T’filin together, special program, lavish catered breakfast. A great way to celebrate becoming B’nei Mitzvah — doing another important mitzvah. Register (for catering purposes) at
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Adult B’nei Mitzvah Assignments

Abreviated P’sukei D’Zimra – Mitch Sabloff
(Resources folder) – You’ll need a blue Sim Shalom Siddur

Shacharit (Shochein Ad up to Full Kaddish after Amida, with Ya’ale V’yavo) – CJG
(Resources folder / CJG to add Ya’ale V’yavo for Rosh Chodesh p118) – You’ll need a blue Sim Shalom Siddur

Chatzi Hallel – Miriam S.M.
(Resources folder) – You’ll need a blue Sim Shalom Siddur

Torah Processional (Ein Kamocha through L’Cha Adonai) – Iris A

D’var Torah – Batia W(Resources folder) – You’ll need a blue Sim Shalom Siddur

Torah layning – the list below has been subdivided from the original so everyone can have  a reasonable-length Torah reading. Not everyone must read Torah, but you are all encouraged to request some reading.

Aliya reading 1 (Ex. 21:1-11 · 11 p’sukim) – Agnes K / Kohein Aliya blessings – Greg Laxton
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading 2 (Ex. 21:12-19 · 8 p’sukim – Mitch Sabloff  / Levi Aliya blessings – ???
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading 3 (Ex. 21:20-22:3 · 21 p’sukim, but divisible) – ??? / Aliya 3 blessings – ???
(PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading 4 (Ex. 22:4-26 · 23 p’sukim) – Ralph Anzarouth / Aliya 4 blessings – ???
(PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading 5 (Ex. 22:27-23:5 · 9 p’sukim) – Tina A / Aliya 5 blessings – Brooke Trealout
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading 6 (Ex. 23:6-19 · 14 p’sukim, but divisible) – Miriam SM / Aliya 6 blessings – Miriam Sandberg-Maitland
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading 7 (Ex. 23:20-25 · 6 p’sukim) – ??? / Aliya 7 blessings – Ros Wollock
(Tikkun PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading Hosafa 1 (Ex. 23:26-24:11 · 19 p’sukim) – Batia W / Aliya Hosafa 1 blessings – Mitch Sabloff
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Aliya reading Acharon (Ex. 24:12-18 · 7 p’sukim) – Iris A / Aliya Acharon blessings – Iris Arnon
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Maftir Aliya in second scroll for Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15 · 7 p’sukim) – Ros W / Maftir blessings – Agnes Klein (person who chants haftara)
(Tikkun PDF | Sanctuary Scroll PDF | MP3)

Hagbahah 1 / 2 –

G’lila 1 / 2 –

Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3) – Agnes Klein

Haftarah for Rosh Chodesh with blessings (Isaiah 66:1-24 · 24 p’sukim + 5 Total blessings) – Agnes Klein
(PDF | MP3)

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

Torah Recessional (Ashrei through Eitz Chayim Hi) – Ros W
(Resources folder) – You’ll need a blue Sim Shalom Siddur

Additional Prayers:
Congregation – Emily Laxton
Canada –
Peace –
Israel (Hebrew/tune) –
Captives (Hebrew/English)

Musaf with Heiche K’dusha for Rosh ChodeshCJG
(Resources folder / CJG added KBI Egal Avot & K’dusha and L’Dor VaDor for R”Ch) – You’ll need a blue Sim Shalom Siddur

Conclusion of Services (Ein Keiloheinu, Aleinu, Adon Olam) – KEHILLATEINU
(Resources folder)

Kiddush for Shabbat morning –