bar-bat-mitzva-side.Preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvah is a major part of the JEP Hebrew School experience. With special teachers to guide them, the students prepare for the occasion, learning to put on Tefillin, get an Aliyah, read from the Torah, and lead parts of the prayer service. The Bat Mitzvah program is headed by a veteran JEP teacher who explores with the girls the special Mitzvot for women, studies Jewish women role models, and prepares the girls with a Dvar Torah and the recitation of Maimonides 13 Principles of Faith in Hebrew and English for the Bat Mitzvah celebrations. In addition, the girls and boys prepare their own Bar and Bat Mitzvah speeches for the occasion and design a personal Mitzvah project to be carried out throughout the year. At the event, beautiful and meaningful gift presentations are made to each Bar and Bat Mitzvah and his/her parents.