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The rise of the independent b’nai mitzvah—bane or boon?

'Bar Mitzvah in a Box'

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/bar_and_bat_mitzvahs/article/the_rise_of_the_independent_bnai_mitzvah_bane_or_boon_20070928

Gabriel Shacket stood on the bimah, before the Holy Ark, and led the morning service for a group of 75 family members and friends. He recited the prayers and blessings, chanted from the Torah and delivered a speech. In short, the 13-year-old became a bar mitzvah.

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