For Aliyah Participants

Contact for
B'Nai Mitzvah:

Julie Kaplan
(703) 532-2217, ext.313

Mazal tov! You are being given a great honor. Your job is to read or chant the Torah Blessings before and after the Bar or Bat mitzvah reads from the Torah. If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, we’ll help you!

Materials to Help You Prepare

To make it easy for you, we have several resources available to help you learn how to read or chant the Torah blessings, as well as learn the choreography of the Aliyah ritual. Choose from the following:

Blessings Sheet

Open and print the Torah Blessings sheet so that you can read from the Hebrew, transliterated Hebrew (English letters) or simply read the English translation.


Watch a short instructional video on how to perform an Aliyah at Temple Rodef Shalom. Click in the middle of the window below to play.

Audio Recording

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Click the play button to listen
Listen to the Torah blessings chanted by our Cantor.

Interactive Web Site

Barvas Press’ website offers the blessings and you can hear them chanted or read.

Instruction Sheet

Print the full instructions in written form, along with the blessings. Thank you for performing this important mitzvah!

Computer Resources You May Need

If some of the above resources fail to open or work, you may need one of the following resources to download to your computer:

For PDF files that won’t open, you may need the free Adobe Reader program. If you need it, you can download and install the free Adobe Reader program here.

For the audio recording, if it won’t open, you may need Apple Quicktime to play the mp3 file. If you need it, you can download and install the free Apple Quicktime plug-in for your browser here, or simply click the down arrow at the right of the player, and select “Save as Source” to save it to your computer to play anytime.

The video is an Adobe Flash video. If you need the free Flash player plug-in for your browser, you can download and install it here.