The first ceremony a century ago marked a turning point—in retrospect. But the new ritual didn’t catch on for years.
When to be Jewish is to feel besieged, how should we celebrate a bat mitzvah?
As parents plan bar and bat mitzvahs during the pandemic, a rite of passage is reimagined with new priorities to fit a new reality
My niece Shirley’s big day was a spark of light in the darkness
Without knowing the language, there was no way to fully participate in my community—not in the way I wanted to
Twenty residents of senior-living communities in Massachusetts prove that bat mitzvahs aren’t just for 13-year-olds
I’m not afraid of the bullies anymore
Party favors are Satan’s carnival prizes, and other bits of wisdom from a seasoned organizer of rites of passage
The most boring, the grossest, the most embarrassing to chant in front of your classmates!
A review of Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin’s new ‘B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary,’ which sometimes feels uninspired and out of touch
Eugenia Unger, a Holocaust survivor and co-founder of Buenos Aires’ Holocaust museum, celebrated the momentous occasion this past Shabbat
Jews do the milestone event all wrong. Here’s a quick, and meaningful, fix.
A sweet story about a group of women—three octogenarians and one nonagenarian—who embarked on a journey to become bat mitzvahs shows, once again, that it’s never too late to fulfill a lifelong dream
The legendary R&B singer has us feeling emotions after she stole the show at the bat mitzvah of her manager’s daughter
Your new Star Wars star is Alden Ehrenreich, a ‘Jewish prince of the Palisades’ who was discovered after a video he made with a buddy was shown at a bat mitzvah
Puritan restraint is fine, if you haven’t been unaccommodated and unwelcome elsewhere for centuries
Drizzy continues to melt hearts
For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.
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