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FAQ - In the Time of COVID-19

  1. How many people can we invite for Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Service? You may have up to 25 guests (including your child). 
  2. How many people can we invite for Shabbat Service? You may have up to 35 guests (including your child).
  3. What time are the Shabbat Services? Friday 6:30pm - ~7:30 and Saturday 9:00am - ~11:30am
  4. Do I need to let WJC know who is coming to services? YES, due to COVID-19, we need to know who is in our building at all times. 
  5. How do I let you know who is coming? Please click here to submit your SATURDAY Guest List & click here to submit your FRIDAY Guest List (you must be logged in to access the form).  Please submit both guest lists by Wednesday prior to your date of service. The lists are given to our security guards and anyone not on the list will not be permitted to enter.
  6. Where does everyone sit during the services? Everyone must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines of sitting 12ft apart from another family "bubble" Please Click Here to view our recommended seating plan for you and your guests.  Please inform your guests which colored section they are sitting in.   WJC congregants will be sitting in the blue section.   
  7. Can I schedule a photoshoot? Yes, photoshoots can be M-F between 10am - 1pm, during non-holidays.  We will have a Torah that you may take photographs with.  The Ark will remain closed, as it can only be opened on Shabbat and other holidays.  You may schedule your photoshoot with the office, please email your requested time to office@woodburyjc.org 
  8. How many people can come to my photoshoot? You may have immediate family only, grandparents included.  Everyone must sign in with the security guard and be masked to enter and exit the building.  Mask removal during photo taking is at your own discretion and risk.  Prior to entering the sanctuary, please wash your hands or use sanitizer.
  9. Can people watch the services online? Yes, both Friday and Saturday services are live streamed HERE, you can share this link. 
  10. We are having a double Bar/Bat Mitzvah, how may guests can we invite? Each family may invite up to a total of 25 guests.  
  11. What about the Aliyot (honors)?  Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, only clergy are allowed on the bimah and ark.  Therefore, family honors include only the Torah Aliyot and English Readings.  Please fill out the form below: 
  12. What other forms do I need to fill out? Please fill out Bar/Bat Mitzvah Profile Form online by Wednesday prior to your date of service
  13. Can I have a copy of the blessings & prayers? Sure, please see below: 
BLESSINGS (Before & After):
PRAYERS: please discuss with Paul Chaskes pchaskes@woodburyjc.org which prayers are to be used.

B'nei Mitzvah

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a joyous and momentous occasion in which each member of our congregation takes pride in the achievements of every child. Your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one of the most exciting stages in your family’s Jewish life. The goal of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Committee is to make sure that every child achieves his or her own ‘personal best’ when reaching the milestone of becoming a Jewish young adult. We look forward to seeing your child stand proudly on the bimah on that special day.
Following are some general guidelines that are explained more fully in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook which you can download HERE
 
Lessons
Six months prior to your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, they begin a series of group lessons to learn the ‘trope,’ or musical melodies, needed to chant haftorah.They also learn some key prayers or blessings every child will lead during their special service. The group lessons are followed by approximately five months of weekly private lessons. See the Resources page for help with Torah and Haftorah trup.
 
Goals For The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child
We want your child to be confident and at ease on the bimah. While each student covers a minimum number of prayers, in addition to the haftorah or Torah reading, he or she is encouraged to lead as much of the service as possible – some have even led the entire service! Most importantly, however, we want the event to be a meaningful and significant spiritual experience for student and family.
Some students may require additional time and lessons to reach their full potential. Others may simply want additional training to become skillful in leading more of the service. We will accommodate your child’s goals as much as possible.
Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781