During services on the Shabbat of chol hamoed Sukkot, Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff celebrated the b’nai mitzvah of its 16th adult bat mitzvah class. The class included Laura Ashkenazi, Sybil Duchin, Madeline Lakritz, and Michelle Nemiroff. The women spent two years studying and exploring synagogue skills, Jewish liturgy and scripture, history, identity, values, and traditions, in a program coordinated by Cantor Ilan Mamber. The students learned Hebrew with Judy Ackerman, the shul’s long time bnai mitzvah tutor, attended Rabbi Emert’s educational modules, and were coached in their speeches by the congregational rabbinical intern, Lois Ruderman.
The next adult bar/bat mitzvah class is now being planned. Classes are held at the shul.
For information call Cantor Ilan Mamber at (201) 891-4466 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.