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  • The rise of the independent b’nai mitzvah—bane or boon?

    By Jane Ulman

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Gabriel Shacket stood on the bimah, before the Holy Ark, and led the morning service for a group of 75 family members and friends. He recited the prayers and blessings, chanted from the Torah and delivered a speech. In short, the 13-year-old became a bar mitzvah.

    "It was a beautiful...