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The simple meaning of the word mitzvah is command. It appears in various forms with that meaning about 300 times in the Five Books of Moses. In common usage, a mitzvah often means “a good deed”—as in “Do a mitzvah and help Mrs. Goldstein with her packages.” This usage is quite old—the Jerusalem Talmud commonly refers to any charitable act as “the mitzvah.”

Bar/Bat Mitzvah - For Parents

As your child approaches his/her bar or bat mitzvah, you will begin to make plans and arrangements to celebrate this special day. We have provided a guide as well as a form to fill out for the honors to be bestowed on family or friends. Please take the time the read through this material. 

Read from the Torah or Blow the Shofar


Are you interested in learning to read Torah or blow the Shofar for our Family High Holiday Services.

Please contact Diane Miller at 935-7732 or

Hebrew School Office at 938-5865.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah - For Students

You will soon start preparing for your bar/bat mitzvah and there are a lot of prayers and songs to learn. We have create a website for you to assist with your learning and practicing. 

Click on The PJC Prayers (Tefilot) Web Page to begin.

On the left side, on top, you will see the list of prayers (written in red).  For example: click on ASHREI and the text will appear in Hebrew along with a transliteration.  Scroll down to the end of the prayer and on the right side there is a red arrow. Click on this arrow.  It will download the music.

Then, on the left side, at the bottom, you will see a pop-up which will say "Ashrei(1)"  Push on that pop-up and a black square with a musical note will appear.  You will hear the music. You will have to repeat the same process for each prayer that you want to learn.

Torah Blessings for an Aliyah

Congratulations on being given the honor of an aliyah. If you need a refresher on the blessings you will be chanting, click on either the text version or the audio version below.

Text version of Torah Blessings

Audio version of Torah Blessings

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