May 20, 2024 |

G. 6 Trop

Posted on September 30, 2020

Trop Update from Ken – January 12, 2021

Hi friends,

A quick trope class update.  We spent the first semester of trope class learning the names and tunes for the Torah trope (pages 3-7 in the packet, recordings 1-11 on this page:, and reviewing the trope by applying them to the v’ahavta paragraph of the shema (p. 12 in th packet, recordings 33 and 34).
We’re going to spend some time over the next few weeks learning the haftarah blessings.  This week we’re getting started on the blessing before the haftarah, which is on p. 9 in the packet, and recordings 14 and 15.  Later in the month we’ll be working on the blessing after the haftarah (p. 10-11, recordings 16-21).
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Cantor Ken


Sunday, November 22 – Trope Update

We’ll be off for trope class this week and resuming after Thanksgiving.
A reminder that the students should have flash cards for all the trope in the first seven trope families (pages 3, 4, and 5 in the packet), with the symbol for each trope on one side of the card and the name on the other side.  The students should review the tunes for the first seven families (tracks 1-7) at the TI website, and should use p. 12 to practice recognizing the trope symbols, naming them, singing the names, and applying them to the words.  (you can use tracks 33 and 34 to double-check or for reinforcement.
We’ll plan to finish the last trope families in December and work more on applying them to the paragraphs of the Shema and maybe other portions.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Wishing you and your families as happy and meaningful a Thanksgiving holiday as possible in this unusual year–
Cantor Ken

November 2, 2020

A quick trope class update: by now, the students should know the first 5 trope families– they should be able to see the sign, know the name, and be able to sing the name of the trope to the appropriate tune.  They can review with this page on the website:
They should also look at p. 14 in the packet to practice recognizing and naming (and singing the names) for most of the trope on that page.
(By the way, there’s a mistake for recording #4– I’m asking our webmaster to fix it, but for now, they can use this link:
We’ll plan to add on trope family #6 this week.
Thanks everyone!



October 14, 2020

This week we learned the third trope family (Katon), to add onto the firs two (Etnachta and Sof Pasuk).  The students should be able to recognize each symbol, know the name, and be able to sing the trope name to the appropriate tune.  They can review the first three families at this page:
We’ll plan to add on the 4th and 5th families next week.
Let me know if you have questions–
Cantor Ken

Great to see everyone!

This week we learned the third trope family (Katon), to add onto the firs two (Etnachta and Sof Pasuk).  The students should be able to recognize each symbol, know the name, and be able to sing the trope name to the appropriate tune.  They can review the first three families at this page:
We’ll plan to add on the 4th and 5th families next week.
Let me know if you have questions–
Cantor Ken



Great to start learning to read Torah with the 6th graders this week.

The assignment for this week is to master the first trope family (mercha, tipcha, munach, etnachta), which is the first recording on this page:
(Click on Etnachta Family, just to the right of #1 to listen to the melodies)
The goal is to memorize how each of the four symbols looks, its name, and its tune.
This document below includes expectations for the class, including a few minutes of practice time each week.  I’ll include a link, and also paste the information within this email.
Again, I’m very excited to start learning Torah with the 6th graders!
Please email me anytime with questions.

Dear 6th grade families,

         I am excited to begin meeting with our 6th graders for Trope Class that will meet Tuesday OR Wednesday afternoons throughout the year, 4:30-5:00.  This class will help students learn synagogue skills that should serve them well for bar or bat mitzvah and beyond.  By laying the groundwork this year, in our class and in practice at home, each of your individual preparations for your bar or bat mitzvah will be made much easier.  All recordings and electronic versions of the packet are here:

        Our goals for the class are for the 6th graders to:

1)  master the blessings before and after the Torah (“an aliya”) and the blessings before and after the Haftarah. Tracks 12, 14, and 16-21 at the link above.

2)  know the names of each of the trope symbols and what tunes they signify for both the Torah and Haftarah, enabling you to, with practice, chant any Torah or Haftarah portion. Torah is tracks 1-11, and Haftarah is tracks 22-32, at the same link.

3)  join the community of Temple Israel’s Torah readers.  We’ll conclude this year with our annual celebration on the first day of Shavuot, which this year falls on Monday, May 17.  Please mark your calendars in advance to save this date and plan to take at least part of the day off from school, work, and other usual commitments (the Torah service is 10:00 AM-noon).  There may be opportunities to read Torah before then, as well as during your  bar or bat mitzvah year and beyond.

The expectations for the class are as follows:

1)  Students should practice daily and complete each weekly assignment.  The recommended amount of practice is 10 minutes several times a week, increasing to 20-30 minutes a day when individual lessons begin.  I will tell the students the assignment at the end of each class and will sometimes email it as a reminder.  In general, they should review the trope and the blessings at the website above.  We’ll plan to learn all the Torah trope by early December, spend a couple months practicing applying the trope to Torah portions, and then spend some time learning haftarah trope and blessings and then preparing for the end-of-year celebration on Shavuot.

2)  Parents, please check in briefly with your child each week on their progress so they can show you what they’ve been working on.  Let me know if you need help from my end to help your children or to learn to chant Torah yourself!

3)  Bring your trope packet to class each week and also with the highlighters (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, & purple) you received with your school supplies.

On the next page are the bar and bat mitzvah dates for the class, along with “sneak preview” dates when you can hear your Torah and/or Haftarah portions a year ahead of time. On Shabbat morning that day, you can follow along with the portions and hear the d’var Torah. You’re all invited to join us for services anytime, online for the time being, and eventually in person again.

 B. Mitzvah Date  Name and Torah/Haftarah Portion               Sneak Preview Date

6/12/21Maya Allen   Korach

8/28/21Trevor Howitt  Ki Tavo

9/18/21Shira Katzman     Ha’azinu

10/2/21 Penelope Goldenblatt     B’reisheet 10/17/20

10/9/21 Sammy Rochwerger: Noach 10/24/20

10/16/21 Reese Plofsky   Lech L’cha 10/31/20

10/23/21 Mae Pearlstein   Vayeira 11/7/20

11/6/21 Ryan Edelson  Toldot 11/21/20

11/13/21 Jordyn Missle   Vayeitzei   11/28/20

12/11/21 Seth Elterman    Vayigash 12/26/20

4/30/22 Sam Fishman    Acharei Mot 4/24/21 (double portion)

5/7/22 Elias Duckworth   Kedoshim    4/24/21

5/14/22 Ezra Dolgoff   Emor    5/1/21

5/21/22 Max Retik   Behar    5/8/21 (double portion)

5/28/22 Hannah Zwelling   Bechukotai    5/8/21

6/11/22 Abigail and Sarah Singer   Naso    5/22/21

6/18/22 Elijah Klawans  Beha’alotecha    5/29/21

9/10/22 Eliza Stein  Ki Teitzei    8/21/21

In addition to our group class each Tuesday or Wednesday, we’ll begin individual lessons at least 6 months before your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and at least 8 months if there is an intervening summer. (for the fall through early spring b’nai mitzvah)

Also, please note that we’ll have some Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs for parents with children, and an occasional parent meeting or discussion.  Day school students and families are invited to these family programs and often join the trope class later in the spring when we are working on Haftarah.

Questions? Email any time.

I’m looking forward to our studies together this year and beyond!

                                                                        —        Cantor Ken Richmond