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B’Mitzvah Service Order

Every person is different and every b’mitzvah is different. Within the guidelines of halacha, or Jewish law, there is some flexibility, and we will do everything we can to do what is best for you. One person may use a different melody than another, and there may be places in which it is appropriate for one person to read Hebrew where another reads English. With that being said, the basic Shabbat morning service is a strong tradition in the history of our people. We will use this service as the template for your b’mitzvah. The following is the basic service order for our b’mitzvah here at the Roth Center. Red bold items should be led by the b’mitzvah student. Pink bold items may be led by the student or Rabbi.

Prayer Name Page Action Notes Participants
Ma Tovu

Ma Tovu recording

Ma Tovu text and sheet music

140 Stand           Hebrew,
first line twice
B’mitzvah student leads,
congregation sings along
Baruch Sheamar

Baruch Sheamar (recording)

180 Stand Hebrew Rabbi  or b’mitzvah student leads, congregation sings along
Psalm 90 186 Sit English Rabbi leads,
congregation responds
Ashrey 190 Sit Hebrew, silently Rabbi announces
Hallelu

Psalm 150 Hallelujah

194 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads, Melissa can accompany the b’mitzvah student with uke if they’re interested; congregation sings along
Nishmat Kol Chai 214 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Shocheyn Ad 218 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Chatzi Kaddish

Chatzi Kaddish recording

220 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student or Rabbi leads, congregation responds
Barchu

Barchu text and recording

224 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student leads,
congregation responds
El Adon 228 Sit Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Ahavah Rabah

Ahava Rabah

238 Sit Hebrew Rabbi or b’mitzvah student leads, congregation sings along and reads silently
With Abounding Love 239 Sit English B’mitzvah student leads
Shema and V’ahavta

Shema recording

V’ahavta recording (only through line 10)

Shema V’ahavta text and sheet music

242 Sit Hebrew B’mitzvah student leads,
congregation sings along
True and Enduring 248 Sit English B’mitzvah student leads,
congregation responds
Mi Chamocha

Mi Chamocha

252 Sit Hebrew Rabbi or b’mitzvah student leads, congregation responds
Avot v’Imahot and Gevurot

Avot recording

Gevurot recording

Avot v’imahot text and sheet music

255 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student solo
Kedusha 256 Stand Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation responds
L’dor vador

L’dor vador recording

L’dor Vador text and sheet music

256 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student leads,
congregation responds
Silent Amidah 258-266 Stand Silent Congregation
Oseh Shalom

Oseh Shalom

266 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student leads
Kaddish Shalem

268 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student or Rabbi leads
Torah Service: The b’mitzvah student and their family rise and gather around the ark. The appointed person opens the ark. The Torah is handed by the rabbi to members of the family and it is passed one by one (l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation), to the b’mitzvah student. Everyone stays behind the b’mitzvah student as the service continues.
Shema              

320   Stand           Hebrew              B’mitzvah student leads,
congregation responds
At “Gadlu, L’Adoshem,” the b’mitzvah student turns to face the ark and bows as that part is chanted. The b’mitzvah student then takes the Torah to the congregation to be greeted. The family follows behind in procession. The b’mitzvah student should take time and walk around the congregation slowly, giving everyone a chance to greet or to kiss the Torah. This is an honor. It should not be rushed.
Blessings before and after the Torah reading

Blessing before the Torah

Blessing after the Torah

Torah blessings sheet music

Torah service songlets sheet music

322 Stand Hebrew Each person honored with an aliyah. There are seven aliyot plus the maftir (see below);
the parents take the seventh.
Rabbi and the b’mitzvah student will do the Torah chanting.
Mi Shebeirach

Mi Shebeirach

Mi Shebeirach text and sheet music

Back cover of siddur Sit Hebrew and English Rabbi or b’mitzvah student leads, congregation sings along
Maftir Torah Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student solo
Chatzi Kaddish 324 Stand Hebrew Rabbi or gabbai leads
Haftarah and Haftarah blessings

Blessing before the Haftarah

Blessings after the Haftarah

Haftarah blessings text and sheet music

326 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student solo
D’var Torah Prepared Stand English B’mitzvah student solo
Yehallelu 340 Stand Hebrew, scroll returned to ark at the end. Rabbi leads,
congregation sings along
Eitz Chayim Hi 346 Stand Hebrew Rabbi leads,
congregation sings
Blessings upon parents Stand Hebrew and English Rabbi
Blessings upon b’mitzvah student Stand Hebrew and English Rabbi
Presentation by board
Presentation by education director
Blessing from the parents
Aleinu

Aleinu recording

Aleinu (text)

402 Stand Hebrew B’mitzvah student or rabbi leads, congregation sings along
Mourner’s Kaddish 410 Mourners stand, congregation sits Hebrew Rabbi leads,
mourners join
Adon Olam

Adon Olam recording

Adon Olam text and sheet music

412 Sit Hebrew B’mitzvah class leads, congregation sings along