B’nei Mitzvah 2019

Our B’nei Mitzvah Program helps to prepare young synagogue members for the privileges and responsibilities of Jewish adulthood. A bar/bat mitzvah at TBI is a special and emotional experience for the family. The Rabbis and staff will ensure that both the months of preparation and the event are meaningful and personal. Bar/bat mitzvah literally means son or daughter of the commandments. The bar/bat mitzvah ceremony marks a transformation in the role that your child will play in the TBI community, as well as in the wider Jewish community. While we know that in practice a 13-year-old is not quite an adult, we use this ceremony to celebrate a new stage in your child’s development.

Preparation for the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony is an exciting process. The skills that your child will learn will enable him or her to become a mature participant in synagogue life, and marks the beginning of Jewish adulthood. At TBI each student learns in both a group setting, which develops a sense of community, and receives private tutoring sessions for personal attention to their unique needs and abilities. The tutors teach the students their Torah and haftarah portions, as well as key prayers in the service. The students also work with the Rabbis in preparing the drash or Torah commentary that they deliver before leyning (chanting) Torah during the service.

At TBI we listen to you and your family, and help to craft a service that suits your child and family. This may be a service that is more or less traditional. It may be at any service when Torah is read – Shabbat Shacharit, Shabbat Minchah, a Monday or Thursday service. Let us help you to celebrate your child’s coming of age in a meaningful and personal way.

Contact our B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator on 03 9510 1488 or [email protected]


Binah (understanding) is the experiential, hands-on learning component to the b’nei mitzvah journey at TBI. The course is comprised of 8-10 programs throughout the year, spanning a variety of topics relevant and accessible to young Jewish teens. It aims to develop camaraderie within the b’nei mitzvah class, while engaging the students in T’filah, Text, Jewish Values, Culture and Social Action. These shared learning experiences will be enhanced with shared social opportunities.

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The course has two intakes each year to support students at different points in the b’nei mitzvah journey.

Please download a copy of the syllabus for Binah 2019

Binah & B’nei Mitzvah Shared Social Events are coordinated by Jade Karp.

Jade can be reached at [email protected]

T’filah Tutor


The T’filah Tutor is an online learning tool to assist students in their practice at home, between one-on-one tutoring sessions. The T’filah Tutor is linked to recordings of each of the read or sung prayers.

The T’filah Tutor is ideal for students newer to Hebrew, as it does not contain the transliteration that can be found in the Mishkan T’filah. This helps students to consolidate their Hebrew before reading from their siddur.

Please find below recordings of each of the prayers, which can be listened to individually.

Trope Trainer

Trope or Cantillation is the name given to the chanting of Torah. The chants are written out using symbols and combinations of symbols. The chants help us to create phrasing and place emphasis on the correct syllables.

The Trope Trainer helps students to learn each combination of symbols. There are 41 combinations, but many are variations of the same core phrase. Each combination is differentiated by colour, set of symbols and tune.

When put together, students can develop the skills to chant any section of the Torah.

You will find the Torah Cantillation sheets below. You can also listen to the separate tracks of the Torah Cantillation below.