Aspen Bar Mitzvah Bat Mitzvah | Neshama Center

Our Bnai Mitzvah program designed to guide students and families through their own learning and growth abilities.  The program includes Torah, Prayers, Mitzvah’s, and tradition. Once completed, they can lead the congregation in worship in there Bar/Bat mitzvahs and in their congregations throughout the year.  The program is based on personal tutoring and is individualized to each family’s needs and preferences. Long distance learning via Skype is available.  We can take your family to celebrate your Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Israel as well.

Bringing Judaism to your home
This program is designed for situations in which coming to us for instruction is not an option. If this option is selected, we will come and teach you and/or your children in the comfort of your own home.

Bnai Mitzvah Fee $ 2,890.00
*Scholarship available or all the programs

"My Torah portion is Vayikra. It is all about allowing people to ask for forgiveness through sacrifice. The word sacrifice in Hebrew is Corban and it means to get closer to hashem or someone you care about in your life. From my perspective, sacrifice is not only sacrificing animals or things, it is also giving my time to help other people. Sacrifice releases the guilt and regret that you withhold with you. Sacrifice is not only for mistakes that you make, it is also a way the we show our appreciation to hashem for the life that we live and the good in this world.

What I learned from all of these torah portions is that we should help, respect, and honor each other and continue the tradition that our family teaches us. "
-Annabel Franklin

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"I would like to use  quote from my Torah Portion to emphasize the reason for blessing the food before and after we eat. “Man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live.”

This quote highlights that we bless the food that we eat not only to thank the food itself but to be grateful for the energy and life it gives to us. One interpretation to help understand this is that food has two “sides”: the physical side and the spiritual side; like the manna that is the food that came from heaven for the people who traveled in the desert for 40 years until they entered into the land of Israel. Now that we live in Israel, instead of manna we have the 7 species.

According to Jewish mysticism the 7 species each have special qualities that can relate to us as humans. Here are the 7 species and the qualities they each embody:
-Grapes = happiness, holiness and truth within us
- Honey comes from the dates and it makes you healthy,   strong and to believe in yourself
 -Oil = harmony, light and peace
-Fig = knowledge and wisdom
-Pomegranate = mitzvahs, relationships
-Barley = physical side of each one of us
-Wheat = spiritual and faith in each one of us
All qualities of these 7 species can be compared to human beings, like it says in the torah “kee ha adam hoo etz hasade.” “The man is like a tree in the field.”
-Ari Diamond-Topelson

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"Sometimes we do not understand the actions that the Torah commands us to do. There is a quote from our sages that states that, “Anyone whose deeds are greater than his wisdom, his wisdom will remain with him. But anyone whose wisdom is greater than his deeds, his wisdom will not remain with him.” This quote taught me that although there are a lot of things that I will never understand, it is more important for me to act and help other people before helping myself.
This is one of the reasons why I am donating a part of my Bat Mitzvah money to the National Multiple Sclerosis society. Incase some of you may not know, my mom has MS. Although she is active and healthy, I would like to do my part and donate money to help find a cure for my mom and other people with MS."
-Charlotte Howie

 
"King Solomon wrote 'Two is better then one' Two is better than one because we can protect each other, teach each other and accomplish tasks together. What Bar Mitzvah means to us is becoming more responsible and becoming a young man..."  -Jon and Max


"King Solomon wrote 'Two is better then one' Two is better than one because we can protect each other, teach each other and accomplish tasks together. What Bar Mitzvah means to us is becoming more responsible and becoming a young man..." 

-Jon and Max

"Somehow through the ritual of the Bar Mitzvah, which you both so beautifully prepared us for and led us through, some ancient tie, once severed had been made whole again. As the hours passed, it has become more and more clear that the thread that links me to my Jewish heritage, my ancestors to my sons, is now somehow subtly connected in ways it has not been. I can't quite convey the full meaning and significance of what the ceremony has done. But I am very aware that something is different" - Rod Strykker


"Somehow through the ritual of the Bar Mitzvah, which you both so beautifully prepared us for and led us through, some ancient tie, once severed had been made whole again. As the hours passed, it has become more and more clear that the thread that links me to my Jewish heritage, my ancestors to my sons, is now somehow subtly connected in ways it has not been. I can't quite convey the full meaning and significance of what the ceremony has done. But I am very aware that something is different"

- Rod Strykker


Throughout my Bat-Mitzvah journey, I have studied rituals and the traditions of our faith. I’d like to share with you a word of wisdom that our sage, Rabbi Simeon The Righteous wrote 2000 years ago.

He says, “The World is based on three things, the Torah, Prayer, and acts of loving-kindness.”

To me this means: Torah is a source to gain wisdom and knowledge through learning and studying. Torah includes all wisdom in life.. Without knowledge we will not grow as individuals.

Prayer is a way of asking or a desire for an enhancement in our lives. Prayer should be a selfless thing, we are asking for things to not only better our own lives but the lives of our loved ones and those who surround us. Prayer is a bridge between G-d and us.

Act of Loving-kindness is a combination of Torah and Prayers; it’s what makes this world a much better place to be living in.

I learned that everything in life has to come from your mind (Torah), from your heart (prayer) and from your soul (good deeds).

- Olivia Krys at her Bat Mitzvah - December 15 2012