Jewish Journal

Michael Jackman

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • Interfaith Couples ‘Prepare’ for Bliss

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The rose-colored glasses often worn by couples headed for the bimah can easily hide some relationship blemishes. So when the glasses come off after the honeymoon, the new vision of the future can be a bit shocking. Before you take that long trip down the aisle, you might want to...

  • A Day on the Bimah Changes Everything

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My bar mitzvah took place in Queens, New York, in 1970. It was an unexpected and odd occasion, and I hadn't thought about it in years. But now, 34 years later, I was once again in New York, and the subject of my bar mitzvah came up, as the ceremony itself first had, unexpectedly.