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

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/bar_and_bat_mitzvahs/article/congregations_rabbis_try_to_stop_the_big_day_from_becoming_the_last_day

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. For those who become congregants, Los Angeles synagogues are trying to help b'nai mitzvah students and families understand that the ceremony and its preparation symbolize one point on a continuum of Jewish life and learning. Their goal is to strengthen the communal ties of their marginally committed congregants.

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