Avodah — Prayer and Ritual

Prayer and ritual are core components of Jewish life for individuals, in a family, and in a community. In addition to the Bnei Mitzvah ceremony, Park Avenue Synagogue Bnei Mitzvah students participate in morning minyan and Friday night services the week of the celebration.

Click below for mp3s of the prayers learned as part of the Bnei Mitzvah process. 


When Jews pray, they wear a special shawl called a tallit. The tzitzit, the knotted fringes on the four corners of the tallit, remind us of the commandments. On weekday mornings, Jews also wear tefillin. The boxes of the tefillin contain the words of the shema. The straps are wrapped to hold the boxes on our arms and on our foreheads, echoing the words of the v’ahavta, “And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be a reminder above your eyes.”

How to put on a tallit and say the brakhah/blessing :

How to wrap t’fillin:



On Friday night, Jewish families all over the world bring in Shabbat by lighting candles and saying Kiddush over wine or grape juice. These rituals are part of our Kabbalat Shabbat services, but we also encourage all families to try them at home!

Click here for a recording of Kiddush



Having an aliyah, being called to the Torah, is the moment that a student is fully recognized as a B'nei Mitzvah. They celebrate taking their place in the community of adult Jews by reading the Torah to the community. Parents and family members can also be called up to the Torah. Please ask us any questions in advance of the simcha. We encourage everyone to practice in advance so you are familiar with our practices and will be comfortable on the bimah.

Click here for a recording of the Torah blessings