For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.
When Matthew Jurgens was a toddler, his mother’s dying wish for was for him to become a bar mitzvah. Now 31, he’s fulfilled it with the help of a special rabbi.
Composer Yossi Green ushers his grandson into Jewish adulthood
I found a memento from my bar mitzvah in my parents’ house. Was it finally time to let go of the past, or was it worth keeping?
The most articulate d’var Torah you’ve ever heard a 13-year-old deliver
The Jewish rapper releases his new ‘Nothing Was the Same.’ A pair of rabid hip-hop fans debate its value.
Introducing Sam Horowitz and his troupe of scantily-clad female dancers
Hire a royalist for your prince or princess’ special occasion
Elijah Schulman’s family had roots in Selma, Ala. Now his mitzvah project will help maintain its century-old temple.
Growing up religious, I missed out on a lot that other kids enjoyed. But looking back, I wouldn’t change it.
Destination bar and bat mitzvahs take Jewish ceremonies to exotic locations—far from the synagogue back home
Rock legend Al Kooper opens up to Princeton’s Sean Wilentz about making music with Bob Dylan, and more
Don’t just ask for donations at your bar or bat mitzvah. Do some homework and find a cause with meaning.
Tablet Magazine: fashioner of unwitting child stars
At his bar mitzvah, my son took his place in the men’s section of the shul—a place where mothers can’t go
U.K. reality show Jewish Mum of the Year hunts for the most unbearable person on Earth
I used to love putting on tefillin every day, but as I got older, I lost my faith. Now they sit on my shelf.
Let the fireworks begin
Our tour educator explains why he performs bar mitzvahs during the 10-day experience.
Twelve participants—some raised Catholic, others with little Jewish knowledge—get called to the Torah
Jewish rapper all-star offers the platonic ideal of the American bar mitzvah. No, really.
Most of the time, Larry Bazer runs a shul in Massachusetts. But for the past six months, he served in the military as the only rabbi in Afghanistan.
Whitney Houston’s music played at bar mitzvahs across America in the 1990s—the theme songs of a forgotten adolescence
President Obama gives a bar mitzvah speech to Reform conference
Bat mitzvahs tell us less about tradition than they do about how girls create rites for coming of age, as the new book Today I Am a Woman shows
Writing a song for my synagogue, hearing it sung at Lincoln Center, and finally finding the right words to tell my kids why Judaism is important
An increasing number of intermarried couples are choosing to raise their children with two religions. Three videos, part of a Columbia Journalism School project, allow interfaith kids to speak for themselves.
When memoirist Janice Erlbaum was 13, she was elated to attend the bar mitzvah of her secret heartthrob. But when she found herself hanging with the mean girls, things turned less celebratory.
Forgoing the usual bar and bat mitzvah swag, some teens are asking guests to contribute to charity