Kitah Zayin - Grade 7

Students in Kitah Zayin (Grade 7) meet Monday nights from 6:00-8:00pm for class. The 7th graders meet at the same time that our 8th-12th graders meet. 7th-12th graders enjoy pizza and social time from 6-6:40pm, then class from 6:40-8pm. At dinner the teens sing and take turns leading the blessings after the meal--Birkhat Hamazon. The 8th-12th graders are role models for the 7th graders to continue their Jewish learning in the Dor Hahemshekh program.  

The Kitah Zayin curriculum includes Torah study, practicing the Shabbat morning service, and exploring ways to do Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

In addition to the Monday night class, BAS students prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the following ways:

  • Rabbi Bronstein's B'nai Mitzvah class meets on Sunday mornings. In this series of ~14 wonderful sessions, 7th graders and their parents study with the Rabbi in an intimate setting. This is a participatory class that incorporates the study of text and explores topics such as Torah, God, righteousness, prayer and the meaning of becoming B'nai Mitzvah.
  • 7th graders begin to meet regularly outside of class with their individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutors to learn Torah and Haftarah trope and practice their readings.
  • Each 7th grader meets 6-7 times one-on-one with Rabbi Bronstein to prepare his/her D'var Torah (reflections on the Torah and/or Haftarah readings). Through these meetings, their personal connection to the rabbi is strengthened.
  • 7th graders rehearse for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the sanctuary with Rabbi Fredda Cohen.
  • In recognition of their upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah, 7th graders are encouraged to live the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). There are many ways to volunteer in our community, and 7th graders are encouraged to choose a cause that has personal meaning to them--ideally, a cause they will support for years. Click here for BAS social action opportunities and Westchester social action opportunities.


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