Cantor Barbra's Jewish Celebrations

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About Cantor Barbra's Jewish Celebrations

I am a freelance cantor with over 12 years of pulpit experience. I tutor bar/bat mitzvah students in Bergen County, NJ and officiate at Jewish life cycle events, including bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and baby namings in the NJ/NY area. For bar/bat mitzvahs, I teach children to read Hebrew, master prayers and blessings, and chant Torah, as well as Haftarah. In addition, I help them write a speech about their Torah portion. Skype lessons may be supplemented with home lessons.

I make each wedding service unique by including something personable about the couple, and am open to any rituals they would like to include.

Jewish baby namings include a booklet that I put together with special readings suitable for the family, as well as any poems or words the family would like to include.


Ramsey, NJ 07446

Question and answer

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. Private Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring as well as officiant at these ceremonies; small group tutoring for 3rd-6th grades; baby namings; Jewish weddings, unveilings, and funerals. More families are interested in small group tutoring as it is almost semi-private and it saves on the cost of religious school education.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I worked with a student who is hearing impaired and wears hearing implants. He learned to read Hebrew in a relatively short amount of time. At his Bar Mitzvah, he chanted flawlessly from he Torah and delivered his speech eloquently. It was an emotional ceremony as he lost his father a few years ago. I know that he'll be successful as he never lets his hearing impairment stop him from accomplishing anything. He is a role model for all of us who face challenges.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Think about the type of Bar/Bat Mitzvah that you would like. If your child hasn't had any Hebrew training, lessons are weekly for 1 1/2-2 years. I am a cantor who doesn't just teach your child what he/she needs to know for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. I also teach Judaism, Torah, and Jewish history so that your child will have a foundation of their heritage to build upon.

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