independent Bar Mitzvahs?

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September 30, 2010 at 1:25 am #5091


Has anyone heard of this trend of independent Bar Mitzvahs. We like the idea, but are not sure where we can locate a Rabbi. We are in North Carolina, making Rabbi location even more difficult.

September 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm #5092

Debbi Ballard

I am a Cantor in South Florida, and travel throughout the U.S., and the world – working with unaffiliated families.  I perform private B’Nai Mitzvah services, custom designed for the family’s needs.  I have several tutors on my staff who tutor via Skype, and I or my Rabbi partner perform the service in your location, if you cannot find someone in your local area.

I come to NC often, because you will definitely have a difficult time finding someone who is based there, because you have to have a fairly large unaffiliated Jewish/Interfaith population to sustain that practice, and you probably don’t find that where you are.

Please feel free to contact me for any further information.
Cantor Debbi Ballard

October 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm #5175

rabbi josh cantor

I hope you have found someone. Private B’nei Mitzvot have become quite popular, and in many cases Rabbis/Cantors will even have tutors they work with who will train your son/daughter at a lower cost per session than the Cleric. In any event in the Northeast this is not a problem. I know IFF is working on this issue for people like you, however if you (or anyone) needs a name outside of the NY metro area, or inside, I will do my best to help (No guarantees, and I would ask IFF first!)
Good Luck, and nothing but Mazel to you and your family.
Josh Cantor
Senior Rabbi
Temple Shalom
Franklin, NJ

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