2 From the Cantor Dear Students, It is my privilege, pleasure, and joy to welcome you to your journey of becoming b nai mitzvah! I hope that you will enjoy the process of learning the language, culture, and traditions that the Jewish people have kept sacred for thousands of years and that you will always remember the coming months with fondness. Here at Congregation B nai Chaim you are an important part of our family, and we look forward to welcoming you to the community as a Jewish adult! And remember, the day that you are called up to the Torah is only one step of the process, and it is definitely not the end. It is actually the beginning of your life as a member of the Jewish people, the Children of Israel. You will be able to pray with us and participate with us as part of our community. This is an opportunity that not everyone has. Did you know that many of our people go through their lives knowing they are Jewish, but they have never been in a synagogue or seen a Torah or held a prayer book? Because of your commitment and that of your family, you have been given the opportunity not only to hold a prayer book, but to read and sing from it, and not only to see a Torah but to read and chant from it. I am so excited for you!! I look forward to working with you, learning with you, and seeing you grow as you travel along this path. Let s get started!! L shalom, 1
3 Six Points for B nai Mitzvah Success Hebrew School Attendance Teaching by the B nai Mitzvah Staff Parental Involvement Worship Services Consistent Study and Tutoring Attendance Student s attitude, effort, and responsibility 2
4 Introduction The study of Torah is equal to all the other Mitzvot, Because it leads to their performance. After Mishnah Peah 1:1 What does it mean to become Bar/bat mitzvah? A child being called to the Torah as a Bar/bat mitzvah is a significant and joyous event for your family and for your congregation. We hope this manual will provide you with valuable information to help you prepare for this joyous occasion. Please read it carefully and keep it handy as a reference. The manual includes important information, guidelines and requirements for both the Bar/bat mitzvah student and parents in keeping with our policies and traditions here at Congregation B nai Chaim. The term Bar/bat mitzvah means simply one who is obligated to perform mitzvot. A young person automatically becomes a Bar/bat mitzvah upon reaching the age of 13 according to the Hebrew calendar; no ceremony is required. The actual celebration of Bar Mitzvah dates back only five centuries in Jewish history. The first Bat Mitzvah did not occur until It was initiated by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, after attending a Bat Mitzvah service during a stay in Italy. (Such celebrations also happened in Germany, Poland and Egypt in the early 20th century). Rabbi Kaplan's daughter, Judith, was the first woman to have a Bat Mitzvah in the United States. Since then, the Bat Mitzvah ceremony has gained more and more popularity, particularly in egalitarian congregations, where women have the same religious rights and duties as men. When a child becomes a Bar/bat mitzvah at age 13, Jewish law allows him/her to count in a minyan (the minimum number of people necessary for some religious practices), to form binding contracts and to serve as a witness in religious courts. It is considered a mitzvah to be called to the reading of the Torah at the time when one reaches the age of religious majority. Observance of a Bar/bat mitzvah is viewed as a means of encouraging the study of Hebrew and Jewish liturgy, strengthening Jewish identity, participating in synagogue life and instilling Jewish values and responsibility. Bar/bat mitzvah does not mark the end of Jewish formal education. We are all obligated to study Torah and perform righteous deeds throughout our lives. Bar/bat mitzvah celebrates a change in status and honors the student s new responsibility not only on the day of the ceremony but through ongoing commitments to our tradition and our community. The religious part of the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony occurs in the B nai Chaim sanctuary. Your membership dues include the services of the Spiritual Leader in our sanctuary for your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Saturday morning Services begin at 10 AM. As you plan, please keep our sanctuary's safe seating capacity in mind, approximately 200 people. Choosing to focus on Jewish values during your later celebration will continue to sanctify the day and make it special and memorable. Remember, everything we do with our children teaches them something. 3
5 B nai Mitzvah Program Outline Bar/bat mitzvah marks the beginning of your child s adult Jewish learning. Becoming a Bar/bat mitzvah indicates a firm commitment to upholding the tenets of Jewish life. We believe it is crucial that this event be seen in the context of a communal as well as family celebration, and parents are included in all stages of the preparation. Requirements A. In keeping with the guidelines of Jewish tradition, all bar and bat Mitzvah candidates must have reached their 13 th birthday prior to or on the actual date of their ceremony. (Traditionally, girls have had their Bat Mitzvah ceremonies at the age of twelve, but we feel for B nai Chaim, it is best to keep the children in the same grade as secular school. This works very well socially and educationally.) B. Bar/bat mitzvah candidates must enroll in the required Hebrew class no later than 5 th grade. C. During the year of the bar/bat mitzvah, students will attend our B nai Mitzvah class on Sunday mornings, geared specifically towards the bar/bat mitzvah materials; and meet on a weekly basis for at least 7-9 months with a qualified tutor who is under the direction of the Cantor. The student should be prepared to chant their entire Torah portion from the Torah scroll and to chant their Haftarah portion no later than a month from their Bar/bat mitzvah service. D. To qualify for participation in a ceremony of bar/bat mitzvah, students must have completed the B nai Mitzvah religious school course and B nai Mitzvah private Hebrew tutoring. The tutors are: Brian Harris (B nai Chaim Hebrew Instructor or ) Cantor Kim Harris (B nai Chaim Spiritual Leader or ) Michelle Weinberg (B nai Chaim Director of Education ) It is customary for each year s B nai Mitzvah class to make a gift to the congregation. Some examples of past gifts are copies of the Plaut Chumash (Torah commentary), a Yad (pointer) for our Torah, a Kiddush cup and a Seder Plate. This will be discussed as a class at the autumn meeting/picnic. The Board and Cantor may suggest gifts that the families may choose to purchase as a group. STUDENTS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO BE AS AMBITIOUS AS POSSIBLE Student s Goals: A Torah reading of at least 10 verses (3 aliyot), chanted in Hebrew, with Torah blessings, and A Haftarah reading of at least another 4-7 verses, chanted in Hebrew, with Haftarah blessings. Be able to explain and interpret the Torah and Haftarah portions. Lead / participate in various prayers and songs. Learning of trope (the chanting signs) will be with your selected tutor. Traditional chants for both Torah and Haftarah readings are an aid to memory. Believe it or not, chanting makes the task simpler. It also forms a foundation for future Torah and Haftarah readings in your adult life. 4
6 In general, students should expect the Bar/bat mitzvah studies to be very demanding and time-consuming. You cannot earn freedom (adult status) without responsibility. You will need to commit yourself to about minutes every day, with an absolute minimum of 30 minutes about 4 5 times a week. Decide in advance what to give up, if necessary, to make time for the Bar/bat mitzvah work. Becoming a Bar/bat mitzvah will happen only once in your lifetime. REQUIRED MEETINGS FOR PARENTS AND B NAI MITZVAH CANDIDATES October 23, 2016: Your Role as a Parent in the B nai Mitzvah Process, 10:30 a.m. January 22, 2017: B nai Mitzvah Family Education, 10:30 a.m. March 5, 2017: B nai Mitzvah Family Education, 10:30 a.m. Meetings may be changed or re-scheduled at Cantor s discretion if necessary. PREPARATION COMMITMENT Classes Review schedule (note that class schedule may vary from year to year) A minimal 80% class attendance is expected Commitment to complete weekly assignments Role/need for additional tutoring if suggested by instructor or school director. Hebrew/Jewish Education Criteria Hebrew I, II and III are taken concurrently while enrolled in Religious School. To qualify as B nai Mitzvah, students must be congregation members and have completed at least two successful years of B nai Chaim Religious and Hebrew School prior to enrolling in 7 Th grade B nai Mitzvah class. If you are new to our congregation, please consult with the School Director and Cantor as to the appropriate class for your child. Final approval of Sunday School/B nai Mitzvah class educational criteria is to be confirmed by the School Principal, his/her designated teacher and the Cantor. Role of the Spiritual Leader Preparatory roles may include: assistance with Torah and Haftarah interpretations and other relevant topics of Mitzvah Program, family assistance with service planning, speech reviews, and other relevant assistance. Each Bar/bat mitzvah student will write and deliver a Torah speech which will explain their Torah portion and their personal interpretation of the portion. This speech will include a description of the B nai Mitzvah process and offer thanks to parents and family, and teachers. The student s second speech is a brief introduction to the Haftarah portion. Both speeches will include personal interpretation supported by commentaries from our tradition. 5
7 The Cantor will furnish commentaries and other resource materials pertaining to the Torah and Haftarah portions. The student is required to rephrase sources in his/her own words and to cite the precise reference (including page numbers) for every source he/she uses. With the exception of internet sources are not permitted, unless approved by the Cantor prior to the drafting of the speeches. We strongly encourage the student s parents to guide each child along the learning process. Parents are encouraged to practice the prayers their student is learning, and which can be found on the website, under the education tab, quick links. Please be sure to the Cantor the B nai Mitzvah Honors and Participation form, completed, 2 weeks before the Bar/bat mitzvah ceremony so that the ceremony may proceed smoothly. Please be sure to the Cantor the B nai Mitzvah program (if you have one) no later than 2 weeks before the Bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for review. Please be sure to the Cantor a description of your child s Mitzvah Project no later than 2 months before the Bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. The Cantor will meet with individual students and their families 3 to 4 times leading up to the ceremony in addition to a final rehearsal in the sanctuary. All meetings will be determined and scheduled by the Cantor. A rehearsal will be scheduled during the week prior to Bar/bat mitzvah. Note: The start time of B nai Chaim services may not be changed. The rehearsal will consist mainly of a run-through of the Torah service. The Cantor will walk participants through the order and choreography of the service. All participants in the Torah service are encouraged to attend. Shabbat Service Attendance Part of becoming a Bar/bat mitzvah is being comfortable in a synagogue setting. It is difficult, at best, to ask young people to lead a service that they are unfamiliar with as participants. In order to become familiar with our worship practices at B nai Chaim, we require students to attend a minimum of 8 services and the services of all B nai Mitzvah classmates, in the 12 months leading up to the Bar/bat mitzvah. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their child. The attendance card must be signed and dated by the Bar/bat mitzvah student on the date(s) attended and handed to the Cantor at the conclusion of the service. 6
8 YOUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH WEEKEND Erev Shabbat (Friday Night) Service If there is a Friday night service scheduled for the eve of your child s Bar/bat mitzvah and your family chooses to attend that service, the Bar/bat mitzvah will participate in the Friday night Shabbat service, and along with his or her parents will be invited to participate by lighting the Shabbat candles and leading the Kiddush and Motzi prayers. The Friday night service itself, however, is not an extension of the Bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. We welcome the attendance of family members, friends and guests of the Bar/bat mitzvah at our Erev Shabbat service. Everyone is invited to attend the Friday night service and the Bar/bat mitzvah service on Saturday. Shabbat Morning Service Parents of the Bar/bat mitzvah are encouraged to participate in the Shabbat morning service. Participation can include presenting a tallit to the Bar/bat mitzvah, taking part in the Torah passing ceremony, receiving a Torah Aliyah (reciting the blessings before and after a section from Torah is chanted) or reading a text or a prayer provided by the Cantor. A non- Jewish parent may join his/her Jewish spouse in presenting the Tallit, at the time of the Jewish spouse s Aliyah and passing the Torah from generation to generation. They also may, if they so wish, be honored at the time of the Aliyah by reading a special blessing in English. Both parents may offer special remarks for their child, or special blessings provided by the Cantor, or both, from the Bima (pulpit). ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR BAR/BAT MITZVAHS B nai Mitzvah (Pre-ceremony) Pick a date, and confirm with Cantor and Director at the first meeting. Religious School Director is responsible for ordering Torah portion booklet for family. Students will study the whole booklet while preparing essays on the Torah and Haftarah portions, as part of the Mitzvah Program. Students (and parents) will propose selections (which sections of booklet to learn), with help from the Cantor and tutor. Cantor must approve the selection, and will also guide you as to the 3 aliyot which are needed for the Torah portion. Torah honors may be carried out only by Jewish persons. This will be discussed when you meet with the Cantor and during the Cantor s class on liturgy. Preparations The following outside materials may be helpful in assisting families in planning the event: A scrapbook containing information about invitations, caterers, and other details. You may look through this book while in the Religious School office. Book: The Bar/bat mitzvah Planner, useful to help organize the practical details. Book: Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Look for this in bookstores, online or at your local library. 3) B nai Mitzvah (Ceremony) We encourage B'nai Mitzvah families to provide the Oneg food in the temple social hall on the Friday night preceding their children s ceremonies. Families are also encouraged to provide a Kiddush luncheon in the Temple social hall immediately following their children s ceremonies. The entire congregation must be included in such Oneg and Kiddush receptions. This will be discussed at the autumn class meeting. 7
9 Setup/cleanup of the social hall for the year of Friday night services will be discussed at the autumn meeting. This includes setup and cleanup for B nai Mitzvah. This is considered a Mitzvah project for the class and their families. Although a generic invitation is sent to the entire congregation through the newsletter, it is a nice idea to send a separate invitation to the Cantor, the B nai Mitzvah teacher, your tutor, the Board President and any other board members that may be helping with your ceremony. Students are expected to attend the Bar/bat mitzvah of each of their religious school classmates, and to invite each of their religious school classmates to their own event. We recommend Photographer Brother John ( ), David Faingold ( ), or Sarah Arnold No flash photography during services. Movement in the aisles is okay. If you wish to record the Bar/bat mitzvah, we have a shelf in the back that the camera can sit on if necessary. If you wish to have flowers on the Bimah, we recommend Cherry Knolls Florist. The owner is Sandi Harrell and her number is If you wish to have bimah baskets in the Bimah, here is the weblink: ctid= &objecttype=1 No alcohol (other than wine for Kiddush) may be served. Large challot (2 are needed) can be ordered from NY Bagel Boys, The Bagel Store, Whole Foods, Panera, or Taste of Denmark. Order challot several days in advance of event, and be sure of Bakery closing times. If you are using a caterer, they may take care of this if you make them aware of your needs. The social hall can comfortably hold 120 people. If you plan to use the social hall, please sign the attached contract ( Temple Building Use Agreement ) and submit to the Administrator, with the fee, no later than one month before the Bar/bat mitzvah service. We recommend Caterer Mark Millenson: (office) , (cell) If you use another caterer, or plan to provide your own food, please make arrangements with the Administrator to coordinate arrival/leave times and code to get into/out of the building. The Temple has a Kashrut (Kosher) policy. Regarding cleanup, please refer to the Temple Building Use Agreement. (I.e. no food stays at the Temple wash and put away dishes, vacuum, etc.) 8
10 B NAI MITZVAH HONORS AND PARTICIPATION FORM (Please type or print neatly) Student s name: Date of Service: Student s complete Hebrew name: Parents Names: Honors and Participation Opportunities (Please include each individual s full name.) * = at least one honoree must be of the Jewish faith Tallit Presentation: Relationship to student: Opening the Ark for Torah Service: & (One of the two persons will lift the Torah from the Ark.) Generations (Who will come onto the bimah to pass down the Torah): Great Grandparents: Grandparents: Parents: *Aliyot (Reciting the Torah Blessing) First Aliyah - typically reserved for grandparents: Second Aliyah - typically reserved for parents: Third Aliyah - reserved for the B nai Mitzvah student *Hagbahah (Lifting the Torah) ~ This person will also hold the Torah and help return it to the Ark. * G lilah (Dressing the Torah) ~ This person will also open the Ark doors to return the Torah to the Ark. English Readings: Ha-Motzi (Blessing Over the Bread): Our family will participate in Friday Evening Services as well. YES NO 9
11 Friday Shabbat Evening Arrangements: If your child s Bar/bat mitzvah falls on the 1 st or 3 rd weekend of the month, we encourage you to sponsor the Oneg that Friday night, or volunteer to sponsor an Oneg in honor of your child s friend. Please contact Sophie Gross at to coordinate Oneg. Come to set-up at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the service (including pouring the wine/juice in the small cups) and plan to stay to put away food, wash dishes and vacuum. You may designate someone to do this for you. Tables/chairs can stay set up for Shabbat morning. Oneg includes: Oneg Set up Kiddush (2 challot, juice & wine) Dessert/Fruit for after Service Oneg clean-up (including all food none stays at the Temple wash and put away dishes, vacuum, etc.) Saturday Arrangements: We encourage you to provide a Kiddush luncheon at the Temple. If you plan to use the social hall, please sign the Temple Building Use contract and submit it to the Administrator with the fee no later than one month before the BM service. (You only need to complete one contract. If you will be using the Social Hall on Friday night, it will cover Saturday, as well). Invitations may be sent to family members and special friends. We encourage you to remember that the entire congregation is always invited to celebrate at the Friday Evening Shabbat service, the Saturday Morning Shabbat Service, and the Kiddush luncheon, if provided. Person(s) to greet people as they come in and to hand out prayer books, programs and Chumashim/handouts (including putting away the books and collecting any handouts) Photographer (during the service no flash, movement in the aisles is okay). We recommend you use someone with experience in Religious Ceremonies. If you plan to video it must be in the rear of the sanctuary. We have a shelf in back that the camera can sit on if you would like to use it. Arrange for flowers or Jewish Family Services pantry bimah food baskets delivered to the Temple, or bring Saturday morning. Remember the Temple is not staffed during business hours, so delivery must be coordinated. Yarmulkes/Kippot: Will you use your own, the temple's, or both? Do you plan to have a Bar/bat mitzvah program handout? This is useful if some of the guests are not familiar with the service and customs. If you design your own program, it must be approved by Cantor Kim no later than two months before the Bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. Please provide the Temple with the name of your Caterer. For ALL food delivery, either by caterer or other, please make arrangements with the Administrator to coordinate arrival/leave times and code to get into/out of the building. The Temple has a Kosher-style policy. PLEASE REFER TO THE BUILDING USE POLICY AND AGREEMENT FOR DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP. 10
12 - BM S Torah & Haftarah portions - BM's latest revised Torah speech - BM s latest Haftarah speech - BM's Marked Up Prayer Book - Parents' speech Check List of things to bring on Saturday morning - BM's Tallit (with Tallit case and/or Tallit clip if applicable) - BM's Kippah (with hair clip if applicable) - BM's own Yad (Torah pointer) if applicable - Special kippot for everyone (if applicable). Please note there is a Kippot basket on a chair next to the prayer book shelf. If you wish to provide special Kippot for the Bar/bat mitzvah occasion, please place your basket on the lobby table.) - Bar/bat mitzvah programs for everyone (if applicable) - If Kiddush and HaMotzi are to be recited in the sanctuary, place a small table (the one on which the candelabrum sits) on the Bimah with the covered Challot and symbolically filled Kiddush cups (one for the Cantor and one for the BM). Place the candelabrum on the piano - If Kiddush and HaMotzi are to be recited downstairs, place the Challot and Kiddush cups on a table downstairs. Have Caterers set up mini Kiddush plastic cups for everybody - If applicable, set up Kiddush luncheon downstairs - Place JFS food baskets/flower bouquets on either side of the Bimah - Place a cup/bottle of water for BM on Bimah stool - Reminders for photographer No flash, movement in the aisles is fine - Reminder for video camera person Position: back of sanctuary so as not to disturb the worship. There is a shelf in the back of the sanctuary to set up video equipment. Other Items Please Cantor a paragraph telling about your child, your child s school, hobbies, etc., as well as a description of the Mitzvah project no later than 2 months before the Bar/bat mitzvah ceremony so it can be put it in the Congregational newsletter. Meetings with Cantor Kim: Cantor will contact you regarding dates and times. 11
13 *Temple Building Use Contract* THIS AGREEMENT is entered into this day of, 20 by and between B nai Chaim, 4716 S. Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465, a Colorado nonprofit corporation and, the Renter. The Renter desires to use B nai Chaim s facilities to host an event, reception or celebration; on the day of, 20, from a.m. /p.m. to a.m. /p.m.; within guidelines specified below. In consideration of the mutual promises and agreements contained herein, B nai Chaim and Renter hereby agree to the following terms and conditions: 1. A fee of $250 (refundable for members only), in a check made payable to B nai Chaim, is required along with the signing of this document. This fee may be refunded after clean-up and inspection by the B'nai Chaim Administrator or Religious Education Principal. The Renter may also request that, instead of a refund the fee be used as a donation to the Temple 2. The Renter agrees to respect the building facilities, sanctuary, and religious customs of B nai Chaim. 3. Failure to satisfactorily clean the facility immediately after the event will result in forfeiture of the fee. 4. The Renter agrees to hereby indemnify and hold harmless B nai Chaim for any and all claims, events or circumstances arising out of the disruptive behavior of any of their guests for any reason. Except for express religious purposes, alcohol may not be served on the premises. 5. Wall decorations, adhesive and non-adhesive tape, glitter, tacks or nails may not be used. 6. The Renter agrees to remain only within the space rented and will not allow members of the party to trespass into any other area of the building. Renter understands the Basement Social Hall will seat approx. 80 guests; buffet style service may accommodate an additional 20 guests. 7. The Renter acknowledges that any damage to furniture, walls or facilities will be reported to a B nai Chaim authorized representative and will forfeit the fee. Damages exceeding $250 will be the responsibility of the Renter, and paid immediately upon receipt of notification by Administrator. See contact information below. 8. The Renter may request contact information for the Temple cleaning crew to arrange for cleanup following the event. Any additional costs will be the responsibility of the Renter. The Renter certifies that the entire document has been read and understood and agrees to be bound by its terms, and by the specifics set forth in the Building Use Policy, a copy of which has been received by the Renter. For B nai Chaim Renter Print name (must be over 18) Please refund our $250 fee Signature: Address: Please donate our $250 fee Phone: Emergency Contact: Administrator, Sandy Solove
14 **Building Use Policy** 1. Reservation requests are made by contacting the Temple Administrator. The Temple Building Use Contract form must be completed and filed with the Administrator, along with all required fees prior to requested reservation date. 2. Nonmembers wishing to use the facility for any reason will be charged a usage and/or cleaning fee. 3. Space is reserved and priority given to B nai Chaim religious services, board functions, committees and schools. 4. The sanctuary space will be used only for Jewish religious services and no one is to move or tamper with the Ark, piano and Torah(s) without specific approval of the Cantor. Classrooms are off limits. 5. The Renter is responsible for food preparation, set up and service and for all clean up. B nai Chaim provides wine and small wine cups for Kiddush. All other materials including juice (white grape juice and apple juice), paper goods, plastic ware and challot (2 for Friday night and 2 for Saturday morning) are the Renter s responsibility. 6. Clean-up (kitchen/dining hall/restrooms/stairways/exterior) shall be the responsibility of the Renter. This shall include: Empty all trash containers including those from kitchen, restrooms (both upstairs and downstairs) and lobby. Deposit trash bags in B nai Chaim s dumpster which is outside and behind the building, in the self-contained area. Secure the gate when leaving. Clean the kitchen. All dishes and utensils are washed and put away. Stove and counter-tops are cleaned. Disinfect surfaces using the Red Juice cleaner found in cabinet above refrigerator Table tops are washed and then disinfected with the same Red Juice cleaner. All recyclables are in the recycle can Floors are swept, mopped or vacuumed. Vacuums are located in closet under the stairs. Be sure to return vacuums when finished. Bathrooms are inspected and trash gathered. Ensure each toilet is in working condition. Turn off lights. Note: ceiling lights at lower level back exit remain on at all times. Remove all excess food and the flowers. Any food items left in the refrigerator will be discarded after 5 days. Check that all stove burners are turned off. Food restrictions: No shellfish, pork products, game, or catfish. All food must be dairy No meat. 7. Keys and security codes will be issued by the Temple Administrator with approval of the President. 8. Playground: Adult supervision is absolutely required during use of the playground. All liability is assumed by the Renter. Emergency Contact: Administrator,
15 CLEAN UP GUIDELINES Empty all trash containers including those from kitchen, restrooms (both upstairs and downstairs) and lobby. Deposit trash bags in B nai Chaim s dumpster which is outside and behind the building, in the self-contained area. Secure the gate when leaving. Clean the kitchen. All dishes and utensils are washed and put away. Stove and countertops are cleaned. Disinfect surfaces using the Red Juice cleaner found in cabinet above refrigerator Table tops are washed and then disinfected with the same Red Juice cleaner. All recyclables are in the recycle can Floors are swept, mopped or vacuumed. Vacuums are located in closet under the stairs. Be sure to return vacuums when finished. Bathrooms are inspected and trash gathered. Ensure each toilet is in working condition. Turn off lights. Note: ceiling lights at lower level back exit remain on at all times. Remove all excess food and the flowers. Any food items left in the refrigerator will be discarded after 5 days. Check that all stove burners are turned off. Emergency Contact: Administrator,
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