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B’nai Mitzvah for Do-It-Yourself Jews

“I would argue that we are seeing a b’nai mitzvah evolution as unaffiliated families seek to put their unique stamp on b’nai mitzvah, which are no less important Jewish milestones to them than to families who belong to synagogues.” Read about how one congregant and his family are thinking about the “do-it-yourself” b’nai mitzvah. Read […]

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Is the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Model Broken?

The Salon, hosted by the Jewish Forward’s Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner and Rachel Sklar, founder of Change the Ratio and the Li.st, filmed its anniversary show live at the JCC of Manhattan last week, where the theme was b’nai mitzvah “revolution.” Featured guests discussed bar and bat mitzvah and how we might change the preparation, ceremony, […]

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L’Dor V’Dor V’Dor: From Generation to Generation to Generation

A grandmother, mother, and bat mitzvah girl discuss the power of the mikveh in preparing each of them for this important lifecycle moment.

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B’nai Mitzvah Growing Pains

Julie Weiner, from The Jewish Week, discusses the problems with modern day b’nai mitzvah, the latest topic of the Jewish Futures Conference.

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Re-imagine Bar Mitzvah to be More Like Camp, Not at Camp

Rabbi Isaac Saposnik writes about what makes b’nai mitzvah ceremonies age-appropriate meaningful for youth. The following was originally posted on the Jewish Futures blog.

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A Christian Bar Mitzvah?

Jewish and Christian bloggers have been actively discussing the new show on TLC, “The Sisterhood,” where one family announced they are planning a “Christian bar mitzvah” for their son.

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Advice to a bar or bat mitzvah in 2013

In a touching open letter to upcoming b’nai mitzvah, Rabbi Bradley Solmsen offers ideas for youth to make their coming-of-age experiences more meaningful. The letter was published on JNS.org.

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From Bar Mitzvah Performance to Prayer Community

In this post from Kol Isha: Reform Women Speak Out!, Rabbi Kari Tulling discusses why a person attending a bar mitzvah service felt alienated, rather than prayerful.

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Don’t Ban the Bar Mitzvah. Revolutionize It!

Our own Rabbi Bradley Solmsen responds to the controversial post on Kveller.org. Solmsen’s article can also be found on RJ.org and eJewishPhilanthropy

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