Jewish Journal

Michele Alperin

  • Picking Right Tutor for Child Requires More Than Luck

    January 14, 2009 | 11:36 am

    Once you’ve been through a bar or bat mitzvah, you’re an old hand. But when parents face this life ceremony for the first time, the process often seems overwhelming. And this is true in triplicate, at least, for parents who are unaffiliated or who have a child with special needs....

  • Personalize your ketubah without breaking the law

    October 10, 2008 | 4:25 pm

    For many brides and grooms, the ketubah signing that precedes the veiled walk down the aisle has a bit of mystery about it. They may not be sure exactly what the ancient Aramaic text says, but the signing ceremony sets just the right air of solemnity as a prelude to the veiled walk...
  • Unique party planning isn’t chopped liver

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some things never change, or do they? Bar and bat mitzvah parties overwhelmingly follow a recipe that everyone assumes is written in stone, said Gail Greenberg, creator of mitzvahchic.com. The only room for creativity, people think, is to have a unique theme.

    So why are people stuck?...

  • Congregations, rabbis try to stop the ‘Big Day’ from becoming the last day

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The bar and bat mitzvah is traditionally viewed as an entry point into the adult Jewish community, but for many, it's also seen as the door out of both Jewish education and the synagogue.

    Among those who believe, however tenuously, that a b'nai mitzvah ceremony is de rigeur, some...

  • Nourish Your Soul With a Helping of Jewish Learning

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Torah study in its broadest sense is the path to the divine. The Chasidim and their spiritual descendants traditionally reach toward God through ecstatic music, with the mediation of their rebbes.

    The more straitlaced Mitnagdim found God in the intricacies of halacha, the "path"...

  • The Joys of Tutoring—and the Trials, Tribulations

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Being a bar/bat mitzvah tutor can be a little dangerous.

    Parents expect you to be a wizard, because the kids have more important things to do. The synagogues are suspicious if you want to fiddle with their "perfect bar mitzvah" product and the cantors are nervous that people will...