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  • Conservative rabbis approve same-sex marriage ceremonies

    June 1, 2012 | 8:28 am

    The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards—which sets halachic policy for the Conservative movement—has voted unanimously to provide the approximately 1,600 Conservative rabbis with guidelines on performing same-sex marriages.

    The move is an official sanction...

  • But Mom, I don’t want a bar mitzvah!

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    I saw the blinking light on my answering machine and listened to the frantic voice of my girlfriend, Debbie, as I put the groceries away.

    "Heeeeeelp! Jason says he doesn't want to do his bar mitzvah anymore. We've got the date and the place, I've hired the DJ and he's already begun...

  • Saying Goodbye 101

    By Jane Ulman

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 1, my husband, Larry, and I will move our son, Gabriel, into his dormitory room at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he will begin his freshman year.

    How do we formally honor this important rite of passage that, more than a bar mitzvah and more than his high...

  • A Hoppin’ Seder

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Q. Why do we have a haggadah on Passover? A. So we can seder [say the] right words.

    It's a terrible joke, but it suggests why seders have gone from righteous to rote, from dynamic to deadly boring. Everything is too much by the book, the haggadah, to be exact, in the worst...

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  • 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...

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    By Michael Jackman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • Feast and Help Yourself

    By Dennis Gura

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage From Birth to Immortality" by Harold M. Schulweis. (UAHC Press, $12.95)

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism" distills decades of those quiet, private moments when a curious, wounded or concerned congregant asks the...