Cantor Sharon Steinberg brought much strength to our congregation, Beth El Hebrew Congregation of Alexandria, VA, through her beautiful voice and her indefatigable enthusiasm. Her greatest gift may be her ability to work patiently one-on-one with young people on Torah tropes before their B'nai Mitzvah. Cantor Steinberg modifies her approach to meet the individual needs of students, while gaining their confidence and instilling in them the self-assurance to shine at this milestone in their development. Cantor Sharon worked tirelessly with both of our daughters, Jenny and Cindy. Jenny has an intellectual disability, and Cantor Sharon met with Jenny several times a week in her own home, finding creative ways to help our daughter gain mastery of the trope. The sanctuary was filled for Jenny's Bat Mitzvah service and many still talk of that triumph today, more than 10 years later. In large part, it was a triumph made possible by Cantor Sharon's hard work and love.
For Lance's Bar Mitzvah, I created a power point which was used throughout the entire service in place of a siddur (prayer-book). It worked beautifully and is an option I offer to all B'nai Mitzvah and their families.
Sharon Steinberg is an excellent musician, cantor, rabbi and friend. She was extremely insightful and was able to get through to my son who has learning disabilities. She helped motivate and teach him to read Hebrew and chant the prayers which no one else has been able to do. I feel that she was able to provide him with a deeper spiritual meaning regarding his Torah portion which opened him up to learning. I strongly recommend her, not only because of her professionalism and talent, but because she is an incredibly pleasant and warm-hearted person.
is a milestone in a young Jewish person's life. When preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah through Shirat Sharon, the children are not only taught the Hebrew, the meaning of their Torah portion and Judaics, they are taught values and the role that Judaism and God can and will play in their lives.
The traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah service focuses on reading from the Torah and leading prayers. If you would prefer a broader Jewish education for your child, at Shirat Sharon, you can choose a unique and personalized study program and ritual (with or without Torah reading and a prayer service). Beginning with an overview of Judaism, each student's ceremony will consist of a 13-point presentation built around the student's studies and personal interests.
Whether "traditional" or "new age," when I work with students, I aim to build relationships founded on caring and respect...and while I am demanding of each child to do his/her personal best with integrity, part of the process is teaching the children how to approach such an intimidating task with a minimum of anxiety and stress. Well-earned, well-deserved self esteem is the goal.
Dean was extremely well-prepared, and not only did he chant 7 aliyot, he led the entire service. It was nice to sit back and just kvell!