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Identity and connection spur more adult b’nai mitzvah

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/bar_and_bat_mitzvahs/article/identity_and_connection_spur_more_adult_bnai_mitzvah_20080314

The reasons why milifers and seniors have gravitated to adult b'nai mitzvah programs since the trend first took off in the 1970s are numerous, including the fact that most women didn't have such ceremonies until the 1980s (the first bat mitzvah was held in 1922). One perennial influence is a child or grandchild reaching b'nai mitzvah age, and the divergent issues brought about by intermarriage can sometimes compel one or more adults in a family to take on b'nai mitzvah study to serve as a role model.

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