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How to make b’nai mitzvah meaningful

by Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

April 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

I was meeting with an upcoming bat mitzvah girl the other day and talking with her about the Torah (what else?). I pointed out all the books that surrounded us in my study and mentioned... read full article

  • Eco-friendly aspects of the simcha can elevate a young person’s conscience

    By Elyse Glickman

    April 18, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Given that many high-profile celebrities expound on the virtues of their environmental involvements (among them, Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone), it is inevitable that eco-friendly activities, foods and fashion — along with a side of social justice — will appeal to a wide...

  • Party planning from A to Z

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    April 17, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah is hard work, involving years of intense study and the courage to lead an entire congregation in prayer. Organizing a party to celebrate this milestone — well, that’s no picnic either.

    It can require meticulous planning and research so that the...

  • A survival guide for parents of b’nai mitzvah kids

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 17, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    So you’re planning a bar or bat mitzvah? Mazel tov! You may feel overwhelmed by decisions and details. I certainly did when it was time for my son, Steven, to take part in the ritual this past December. I asked experienced parents for advice and promised to “pay it forward” once I...

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  • A gift of hope

    by Malina Saval

    April 17, 2013 | 4:01 pm

    Cotton caps in shades of pastel pink and sky blue are standard go-to gifts for a newborn baby. But for Steven and Jodi Zimelman, whose now-13-year-old daughter, Taylor, spent the first three months of her life in an incubator in Cedars-Sinai’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at...

  • Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel: Is it possible?

    by Michele Chabin

    April 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Every week, dozens of bar mitzvah boys from Israel and the Diaspora celebrate their rite of passage at the Kotel, also known as the Western Wall, which, after the Temple Mount, is Judaism’s holiest site.   

    Many Diaspora families, especially from the more liberal streams of...

  • The sky’s the limit

    by Julie Bien

    April 17, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    Preparing for the complete bar or bat mitzvah experience — the ceremony, the food, the entertainment — can feel like a three-ring circus. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that carnivals are one of the hottest themes these days as kids prepare for the biggest party they’ve...

  • Creating inclusiveness at interfaith b’nai mitzvah

    by Arlene Chernow

    April 17, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    For interfaith couples who choose a Jewish identity for their families — even ones who have shared holidays with their extended families and answered questions for years — a bar or bat mitzvah raises new questions.

    Am I welcome? If I attend, what will be expected of me? Should I...

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