For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.
An open letter to writer Elizabeth Weil, who’s unsure how to help her 12-year-old become a bat mitzvah
One month after deadly synagogue shooting during rite of passage
In my daughter’s eyes, nose, and spirit, I see her strong, diverse foremothers
Josie made her own choices about how to express her Jewishness, on a day that marked a transition for the whole family
Stylish Westchester preteens steal the show from Marc Jacobs
I’ve struggled for decades to feel comfortable in synagogue as a single woman. Wrapped in a silk prayer shawl, I finally felt at home.
NPR’s Planet Money wants to reunite Jennifer with her bat mitzvah t-shirt
Destination bar and bat mitzvahs take Jewish ceremonies to exotic locations—far from the synagogue back home
Instead of focusing on dieting before my daughter’s bat mitzvah, I decided to get in shape emotionally
Don’t just ask for donations at your bar or bat mitzvah. Do some homework and find a cause with meaning.
When my newborn daughter became gravely ill, I found strength in the first Torah portion I ever chanted
Twelve participants—some raised Catholic, others with little Jewish knowledge—get called to the Torah
A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus
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Women fought for a ceremony to mark a Jewish girl’s passage into womanhood. Now the ritual’s meaning is often lost amid flashy parties and clothes.
Whitney Houston’s music played at bar mitzvahs across America in the 1990s—the theme songs of a forgotten adolescence
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
What a parody bat mitzvah speech tells us about real ones
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Forgoing the usual bar and bat mitzvah swag, some teens are asking guests to contribute to charity
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Rockin’ to Peres, belated womanhood, and fear in Pittsburgh
Why some families are opting for havdalah bar or bat mitzvah services
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Expert tips for the phony bar mitzvah boy
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The frenetic, hormonally charged days before a bat mitzvah
When girls want to know how Stacy Friedman’s bat mitzvah compares with my own, I need to be armed with answers.