Disability need not be an obstacle to b’nai mitzvah celebration
BY Simone Ellin
October 10, 2013

It began like any other d’var Torah. “Good afternoon. My portion today is Vaera from the Book of Exodus,” said Joel Friedman, as he looked out at family members and friends who had gathered for his bar mitzvah at Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills. But Joel’s d’var Torah and his bar mitzvah were rather CONTINUE »

Gifting the b’nai mitzvah girl or boy
BY Simone Ellin | Photos by David Stuck
October 10, 2013

It’s not always easy to find b’nai mitzvah gifts that have meaning but that will still appeal to a young teen. Fortunately, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has a variety of beautiful, whimsical and teen-friendly Judaic gift items that will make your search pleasant and easy. Where else can you shop and get some culture CONTINUE »

Dad’s Diary
BY Aaron Shiller
October 10, 2013

Jewish law tells us that a bat mitzvah is a significant milestone, different than other birthdays. According to Jewish law, after her bat mitzvah, a young woman has moral responsibility for her own actions. In that respect, she is no longer sheltered by her parents. Surprisingly, Jewish law makes no reference to cell phones. We CONTINUE »

Mommy Musings
BY Laurie Legum
October 10, 2013

While Some moms like to plan ahead, I’m happy just savoring my little boy’s early years. And who has time to fantasize about the future anyway? With each day requiring constant vigilance to ensure the health and happiness of both him and his beloved collection of nomadic teddy bears, my son’s transition to adulthood is CONTINUE »

October 10, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but the time is finally here! Your child is truly beginning his or her bar or bat mitzvah studies. Wondering what to expect? Bar and bat mitzvah preparations usually begin with an orientation meeting with the synagogue’s b’nai mitzvah coordinator nine months before the service. Students then have a series of CONTINUE »