When a child reaches the age of 13, he, she, or they is ready to lead us in prayer and song, chant from the Torah and give a D'var Torah in which they interpret the weekly Torah portion. At the age of 13, the b'nai mitzvah is ready to proudly affirm their Jewishness in the presence of family, friends and community. Beginning in sixth grade, we have workshops for families who are preparing for this time of passage and celebration. Each child works privately with a tutor to prepare for the Shabbat morning when they will be called to the Torah. At the beginning of the sixth grade year, every student receives a booklet of Bar/Bat Mitzvah expectations to complete with his/her family's involvement by the end of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year (A Guide to Bat and Bar Mitzvah at Kerem Shalom). Each child is expected to do some kind of tzedaka project as they enter this age of mitzvot, taking responsibility for Jewish life and for tikkun olam, improving our world (For a list of suggested tzedaka projects, click here. For a list of mitzvot you can do every day as well as "Mitzvahs you can do to put God on your Guest List for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah," click here.) Each child is expected to complete seventh grade in our Hebrew School. They are welcome to continue their learning in our wonderful High School program.