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Shaharit Service & Bat Mitzvah of Joely Klaristenfeld

Monday, August 2, 2021 24 Av 5781

10:00 AM - 12:00 PMBeth Am Campus | Live Stream


What is the Shaharit Service?

The Shaharit service begins with a series of blessings meant to start the process of thanking God for our most basic needs.The first major portion of Shaharit is Pesukei D’zimra, a series of passages mainly from Psalms that begins with Psalm 50 and concludes with the recitation of Yishtabakh. The purpose of the Peseukei D’zimra is to properly prepare oneself for the central portion of the morning service. The main section of the Shaharit service begins after Pesukei D’zimra with the Barkhu prayer, followed by the Shema in the middle, and ending with the Amidah. This portion of the service is also known as Shema U’Birkhotekha, or “Shema and its subsequent blessings.” It is customary for one not to speak or interrupt their prayers from the Barkhu through the Amidah. Followed by the Tahanun, the penitential prayers.


On Mondays and Thursday, the Torah is read in public minyanim (groups of 10 or more). This is in accordance with the practice instituted by Ezra the Scribe in Ancient Judea (Nehemiah 8). The weekday reading is shorter than the one on Shabbat; the first aliyah of the coming week’s Torah portion is split into three smaller aliyot.

Continuing the Traditions of Our People, From Generation to Generation

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a beginning. Jewish law has fixed the age of thirteen (13) for boys and twelve (12) for girls as the beginning of adulthood. On the day of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a child is called to the Torah, joins the community, and legally enters the stage of responsibility at that time. Being a Bar/Bat Mitzvah means reaching the age of Jewish maturity and assuming the privileges, obligations and responsibilities of following the Mitzvot, the commandments of Jewish law.

Guests of the B'nai Mitzvah Families

Welcome to Beth Am. We are very excited to welcome you to Beth Am and celebrate in this joyous occasion. Knowing what to expect ahead of time will ensure that your experience is a comfortable and positive one.

What to expect at the service.

The B'nai Mitzvah child will participate in the Shabbat service in a variety of ways. The B'nai Mitzvah may do some or all of the following: lead prayers, read from the Torah and Haftarah, and deliver a dvar Torah (speech about the Torah portion he/she read that day). Family members are usually honored by being called up to say a blessing over (or read from) the Torah, dress the Torah, read a prayer, and the B'nai Mitzvah child’s parents often deliver a speech.

Head Coverings & Prayer Shawls

In keeping with Jewish traditions, head coverings (kippot) are REQUIRED for all males on the Synagogue grounds. Females must wear a head covering while at the Bimah or called up for any honor.  All Jewish males over the age of 13 generally wear a prayer shawl (tallit) on Saturday mornings, as do Jewish females who have taken on this mitzvah.

Please Preserve the Sanctity of Shabbat

  • Please TURN OFF all cellular phones and pagers while on Synagogue grounds.
  • Writing, texting, smoking and using electronic games and devices, including the use of a camera, cellular phone or pager are prohibited while on  synagogue property.
  • We request that people wear presentable attire that places the focus on prayer and learning.

Synagogue Etiquette

In order not to disturb other congregants during prayer, please refrain from entering or leaving the sanctuary while the Ark is open, when the congregation is standing, during the Haftorah, during the Mourner’s Kaddish, and during the B’nai Mitzvah speeches.

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