B’nai Mitzvah

Of Birthright and B’nai Mitzvahs: Israel Trips Offer a Coming-of-Age Experience

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It is of course a momentous day whenever a maturing Jewish boy or girl has their bar or bat mitzvah and, with it, takes...

When Emergencies Strike B’nai Mitzvahs

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It’s the morning of your child’s big day. The caterers have started cooking, the venue has put up decorations, and family is starting to...

Finding Her Voice: Why These Women Chose to Have Bat Mitzvahs as Adults

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In the Jewish community, there are some axioms (perhaps unspoken) that we don’t think about much. Rugelach is best right out of the oven....

From Trampolines to Monkeys: Choosing a Venue for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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When it comes to a child’s bar or bat mitzvah, it can be a stressful time. So many choices to be made! One of...

Young Holocaust Victim Remembered in Bar Mitzvah Project

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Gavin Jacob Kaplan may be a young man of few words, but he has dedicated himself and his recent bar mitzvah project to making...

Ketubah Artists Continue a Centuries Old Craft

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The ketubah, the marriage contract for Jewish weddings outlining the responsibilities of the groom to the bride, has long been an outlet for artists...

Unaffiliated Jews get Creative for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

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There was no question that the Danskys of Livingston, N.J., were going to have their children bar and bat mitzvahed. There was also no question...

Going to the Dogs (And Cats)

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Gabriella Lloyd loves dogs. A lot. She loves them so much, that when it was time to decide on a mitzvah project she decided to help...

My Secret Bat Mitzvah Project

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I’d been keeping a secret from my daughter. A colossal one. In 2016, for a nine-month period, I had been working on a project that, had...

A Tale of Two Bark Mitzvahs

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The invitations were sent. The table was set with “beagles” and lox. The cake, frosted with words that read “Muzzle Tov Sade,” was ready...