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  • What happens to a Hebrew-School dropout?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    My 11-year-old son, Ari, is now a Hebrew-school dropout.

    I am aware that that’s the name of a comedy act and a line of T-shirts. But, for me, the phrase is not a punch line, but a punch in the gut.

    I imagine my response was just like parents whose kids drop out of high school:...

  • Words from the heart

    June 27, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    The nerve-wracking morning of a bar or bat mitzvah will eventually be all that’s left standing between a student and his or her catered night of extravagant partying. The b’nai mitzvah coach already has helped detangle the Hebrew and trope, but the pressure of reading the Torah...

  • Snail mail or e-mail: How will your next invitation be sent?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home weeks...

  • Have internet, will tutor

    June 21, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    Some people live miles away from a synagogue that shares their philosophies and values. Others might have no shortage of resources but have overbooked lives that make fitting in yet another off-site commitment for their 11- or 12-year-old a near impossibility.

    Through their new...

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  • ‘Schindler’s List’ producer to mark belated Bar Mitzvah at Auschwitz

    By Tom Tugend

    April 21, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Branko Lustig, 78, two-time Oscar-winner for “Schindler’s List” and “Gladiator,” will celebrate his bar mitzvah on May 2 at Auschwitz, in front of Barrack 24.

    He missed his rite of passage as a 13-year-old because at the time, he was a prisoner in the very same barrack,...

  • A powerful way to make a point

    December 14, 2010 | 11:47 pm

    With apologies to Monty Python, the day can best be described as, “And Now for Something Completely Different.” The guests started filing in, anticipating the usual bar mitzvah service at our cozy little temple — maybe the only one named for a city that carries the name of a...

  • Kids helping kids

    December 14, 2010 | 11:35 pm

    Ryan Gurman and Brandon Newberg, both 13, have never met. They live in different parts of Los Angeles, go to different schools, attend different synagogues and celebrated their bar mitzvahs almost a year apart. Yet over the past few months, the young men have shared a common purpose:...

  • Bat mitzvah gone wild

    December 14, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    When I walked into an on-call catering job a couple of months ago, I was genuinely thrilled to discover that we would be serving food for a bat mitzvah party. Since I had never had a bat mitzvah — let alone attended one — it seemed like a fun opportunity to create some memories...

  • Sit Down and Be Counted

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    We've all heard the wedding hora horror stories, where the beautiful bride plummets 10 feet to the ground with a thud -- another unfortunate victim of the Jewish chair-dance tradition. Well, the MitzvahChair will put the kibosh on that newlywed nightmare.

    A safety net for simchas,...

  • By Journal Staff

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Three Rabbis were talking over a regular Sunday morning breakfast get-together.

    Rabbi Ginsberg said, "We have such a problem with mice at our shul. The shammos sets all kinds of baited traps but they keep coming back. Do either of you learned men know how I can get rid of these...

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