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  • Slam Dunk Bat Mitzvah

    By Julie G Fax

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A couple of months before her bat mitzvah last year, Atara Rush, a seventh-grader at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, attended the Israel Solidarity Rally in front of The Jewish Federation headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Someone handed her a poster to hold up. It was from the...

  • Aloha, B’nai Mitzvah

    By Pearl Salkin

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Marvit stepped up to the bimah in Hawaii to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. This "girl," however, was a 92-year-old bubbe. "I wanted to do this for some time, but I waited until I moved to Hawaii," she said. "I feel so at home here."

    Marvit is a member of Congregation Sof Ma'Arav...

  • ‘Big Bad’ Debra

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In a sunny hotel room overlooking the Pacific, Debra Winger is telling Jewish tales as big and bad as "Big Bad Love," her first film since abruptly quitting show business seven years ago. Her turquoise eyes well up and her raspy voice breaks as she breathlessly describes attending...

  • Sacred Text

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "We're coming to Ki Tisa," said my daughter, Samantha. "I remember how I studied the golden calf, and how Aaron asked the Israelites for their jewelry."

    Samantha's bat mitzvah was seven years ago this weekend. Ki Tisa was her Torah portion. Since then, we've reminisced about the...

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  • Slam Dunk Bat Mitzvah

    By Julie G Fax

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A couple of months before her Sept. 1 bat mitzvah, Atara Rush, a seventh-grader at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, attended the Israel Solidarity Rally in front of The Jewish Federation headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Someone handed her a poster to hold up. It was from the Israel...

  • Youth Seek Meaning Behind Ritual

    By Cindy Sher

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Loeb's favorite part of her bat mitzvah last spring was chanting from the Torah. As she tells how she scrolled the parchment to her Torah portion for the first time and laid her eyes on the ancient Hebrew words, the inflection in her voice changes to a tone of excitement.

    ...

  • Rainforest Mitzvah

    By Rachael Brickman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last fall, for her bat mitzvah, Sarah Yamina Ifrah asked her guests to give her nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. She asked them to make donations to protect the rainforest.

    Ifrah, a petite 13-year-old with big brown eyes and a disarmingly friendly smile, became a bat mitzvah at...

  • My Bat Mitzvah

    By Jennifer Moses

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, I've been competing with a bunch of 13-year-olds and coming up short. This is because, as of last month, I've been studying for my Bat Mitzvah, the same event that at one point was originally, if tentatively, scheduled for June 1972. But when I was 12 and my father, who in...

  • Planning a Special Bar/Bat Mitzvah

    By Becca Hornstein

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1987, when Joel Hornstein stood before over 200 congregants, family members and friends to recite his Bar Mitzvah Torah portion in English and Hebrew, he had only been able to speak for a few years. No one expected a child with autism, or any other significant disability, to...

  • Sites of Passage

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are so many elements to keep track of for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, one's eyes could get blurry. Looking through your computer screen might help make things a bit clearer. To help guide you, we've compiled a list of Bar/Bat Mitzvah-related sites. For online access, visit...

  • Her Side of the Mountain

    By Yehuda Lev

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Think Grimm. Not grim, but Grimm, as in fairy tales. You'll need a young heroine, a hero, an apparently unreachable goal, numerous obstacles and a friendly supporting cast.

    Once upon a time (about a year ago), David and Ianthe Low, together with their newborn son Asher, flew from...

  • Israel Bonds

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Reaching for Torah

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Julia Celia Canhi Moreno remembers when 6-year-old Daniel would stand up at the Teva, the Ark, at Sephardic Temple, and reach for the Torah from his special foot bench.

    Back then, she called him "Daniel the Prince." Today, the 90-year-old great-grandmother addresses him as Rabbi...

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