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  • B’nai Mitzvah Checklist—what to do and when to do it

    By Daniella Wexler

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two Years
    • Choose date and time for event (consult with synagogue and reception hall).
    • Set budget.
    • Book private tutor (optional).
    • Book party planner (optional).
    • Book photographer/videographer.
    • Book entertainment (DJ/band) for reception.
    • Estimate number of guests for event;...
  • How one bat mitzvah girl made a wish come true

    By Julie Brown

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you've heard it once, you've heard it 613 times: a bar or bat mitzvah is more than just a big party.

    Over the years, b'nai mitzvah students have been encouraged more and more to select a cause, organization or project that they can support by donating community service hours, a...

  • Bat mitzvahs in Israel run gamut from fancy to frum

    By Melody Amsel-Arieli

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Aren't all bat mitzvahs alike?

    A couple years of Hebrew school, at best, followed by a gathering of the clan on the big day, a smattering of Hebrew blessings, the haftarah, a festive Oneg Shabbat and, finally, a party to beat all get out? To American Jews, it may seem that way. But...

  • B’nai Mitzvah: Exactly how kosher was Christy’s bat mitzvah?

    By Cantor Ron Li-Paz

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Christy's bat mitzvah was a monumental event for her entire family. The synagogue was full, featuring out-of-towners from New York, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. It was the first time that many of them had been in a synagogue.

    While Christy was nervous that she would make a...

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  • B’nai Mitzvah: It’s OK! Go ahead and cry

    By Wendy Jaffe

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I don't remember much about my own bat mitzvah many years ago, but I do remember this: My father cried as he turned to speak to me after the conclusion of the Torah reading.

    I can't remember a single word that he said, not a one, but I do remember his wet eyes and the sound his...

  • Ikea Doll Bat Mitzvah video

    October 20, 2006 | 4:27 pm

    Ikea Doll Bat Mitzvah by Rachel Illowsky

     

  • What are you thinking about this Rosh Hashanah?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm actually thinking about changing my behavior with my brother -- he's 7 -- because I've been pretty mean to him. I can be a little more nice, even if he annoys me.... I learn a lot during the holidays. You learn about how to react, and what you should do and how you should be,...
  • Phone call sparks memory of young AIDS victim

    By Gloria Baran

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently received a phone call from an extraordinary woman.
     
    "This is Robin Jacobs," she said. I couldn't place her at first.
     
    She started to cry as she continued, "I wanted you to know how much we cherish the wonderful book you made for Ariel's bat mitzvah." And then it hit...
  • Siblings of Fallen Israeli Soldiers Take a Camp Break

    By Julie G Fax

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ester was hoarding her snacks.

    Each day after canteen at Camp Ramah, Ester, a 12-year-old Ethiopian Israeli, would take her potato chips and chocolate bars and squirrel them away in her suitcase back in her bunk.

    She was saving the free treats for her seven younger brothers at...

  • Facing Up to Roadblocks Barring Path to Bimah

    By Julie M. Brown

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Adam Green has been involved with synagogue and Jewish activities since preschool. But at 12, he has decided that becoming a bar mitzvah is not meaningful to him and has refused to continue in that direction. Adam's parents have enlisted the help of their rabbi and his sixth-grade...

  • The Joys of Tutoring—and the Trials, Tribulations

    By Michele Alperin

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Being a bar/bat mitzvah tutor can be a little dangerous.

    Parents expect you to be a wizard, because the kids have more important things to do. The synagogues are suspicious if you want to fiddle with their "perfect bar mitzvah" product and the cantors are nervous that people will...

  • Don’t Think Of Me As Different—I’m Not

    By Rachel Core

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My name is Rachel, and I am a Jewish American girl who was born in China. I was adopted. I am finishing the fifth grade, and I go to a Jewish school where I am not the only Chinese girl -- there is one other girl from China named Willow, who is in the fourth grade. We are friends.

    ...

  • A Mother’s Pride

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago as the school year ended, my daughter stood on the bimah in the chapel of our synagogue and, with four of her fellow fifth-graders, led her Jewish day school's Monday Tefillah services. Four girls and a boy shared the honor, and their radically varying sizes bespoke...

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - B’nai Mitzvah Menu Dishes Up Bonuses

    By Beverly Levitt

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With the flurry that surrounds a b'nai mitzvah celebration, we often lose sight that this day -- this passage from childhood to adulthood -- will be one of the most meaningful memories of his or her life.

    The memories will not be of the buffet table that boasted an ice sculpture...

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - From Saccharine to Satire.

    By Mark Oppenheimer

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In "The Chosen Image: Television's Portrayal of Jewish Themes and Characters" (1999), Jonathan and Judith Pearl argue that, although Hollywood movies tend to depict the bar and bat mitzvah as trivial or materialistic ("The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "The Wedding Singer," the...

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - A Postmodern Coming-of-Age Guide

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Bar Mitzvah: A Guide to Spiritual Growth" by Marc-Alain Ouaknin (Assouline, $24.95)

    When a book on bar mitzvah opens with a poem by Rudyard Kipling and a quote from French ethical philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, it's clearly not your usual bar mitzvah book, of which there are many.

    ...
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Author-Baker Rises to Bimah—at Last

    By Beverly Gray

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Joanne Rocklin is obsessed with food. On her 60th birthday, she began summarizing her life with the essentials: "I love to cook. I love to eat."

    But it's her passion for writing that has enabled her to come to terms with her life and her faith. The author of 20 children's books,...

  • Taking—and Giving—Stock

    By Michael Kleinman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Move over fountain pens. If the Blue and White Fund has its way, the trend in bar and bat mitzvah gift giving might be instruments of the financial kind.

    The Blue and White Fund is a diversified U.S. mutual fund that exclusively invests in Israeli companies traded on the NASDAQ, New...

  • More Blessing, Less Bragging on Bimah

    By Jane Ulman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    One mother thanked every one of her daughter's teachers by name and grade, beginning with preschool. A father enumerated the scores of all his son's soccer games. And another mother, with tear-filled eyes and a choked-up voice, used the occasion to present her daughter with her first...

  • Advice From an Insider

    By Kayla Greenberg

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flashing lights blind me. I am deafened by the pounding music. I feel lost among the moving bodies. Where am I? At the scene of yet another sensory-overloaded bar mitzvah party.

    I am disturbed by the dancing girls dressed in tube tops and thigh-length skirts and people drinking at...

  • Menorah on the Mountain

    By Bill Slott

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Kibbutz Ketura, in the south of Israel, is a small, quiet agricultural settlement, with a rich tradition of community celebration.

    Behind the kibbutz looms a stately limestone cliff that can be reached by a 45- minute climb up a well-worn goat path. The view from the top of the cliff...

  • Expert Tips Crack the Dress Code

    By Linda Bachmann

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Many wedding guests are often are as concerned as the bride and her attendants about what they will wear.

    Once upon a time, there were golden rules of wedding attire: Don't wear white -- it upstages the bride; and don't wear black -- too funereal. It was often a reliable pastel dress...

  • Get Married Without Disowning Your Mom

    By Carin Davis

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Welcome to tonight's main event, bride-to-be vs. mother of the bride. These two lightweight champions are battling it out for the hostess title. Ladies, take your corners. Have a clean fight, a fair fight and no hitting below the garter belt.

    Many a wedding have lead to...

  • Hatches and Matches

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Your news weekly about Jewish life now has an easy, free way to share your Jewish life with others.

    At www.jewishjournal.com/Celebrations.php, you can now post wedding, birth, bris, b'nai mitzvah, anniversary, graduation and aliyah announcements. The posting can include photos and...

  • Young at Heart Get a Turn at the Bimah

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rose Engel practiced her Torah and haftorah portions with an eager diligence. She studied with the rabbi and prepared an essay. Her passion and excitement matched that of most of the synagogue's bat mitzvah candidates, but at 87, she is far from their peers.

    Engel is the most senior...

  • Public Bat Mitzvahs Come to Orthodoxy

    By Rachel Sarah

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Traditionally, Orthodox girls wanting a bat mitzvah have had intimate ones with close family and friends, complete with candlelightings and blessings.

    Unlike the Reform, Recostructionist and Conservative movements, which have embraced and formalized the bat mitzvah in the...

  • Put Mitzvah in Bar Mitzvah for non-Jews

    By Rabbi Ken Chasen

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On Jan. 14, you could hear the wake-up call sounding for Jews all across America.

    Perhaps you noticed the article by reporter Elizabeth Bernstein in that morning's Wall Street Journal. Perhaps someone e-mailed it to you. Perhaps numerous someones emailed it to you.

    It appeared in my...

  • Adults-In-Training Hopes and Fears

    By Jane Ulman

    December 11, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    "Why are you having a bar or bat mitzvah?" Larry Kligman, dean of students at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, asks the school's 65 seventh-graders.

    "Tradition."

    "Fun."

    "Identity."

    "Heritage."

    The students are attending a one-day retreat, an event the school...

  • A Plea to Lower the Bar on Bar Mitzvahs

    By Gary Wexler

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I'll never forget the first bat mitzvah invitation my oldest daughter, who is now 22, received. It didn't come in the mail. It was hand delivered after dark by a lady in a fairy godmother costume, carrying a crystal wand, who rang our doorbell, singing.

    Her lyrics requested our...

  • Like Grandmother,Like Granddaughter

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I really didn't want to do it" said Chiara Greene, 16, of her bat mitzvah. "When I was 12, it really did not seem that important to me. I was not religion oriented, and I didn't want to do something that I didn't completely understand."

    Those were not words that Chiara's father,...

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