Bar & Bat Mitzvah
Often adult bar or bat mitzvahs focus on people of a certain age: women old enough to have grown up when females had no ritual roles in synagogue, and 83-year-old men who celebrate a second bar mitzvah, having lived a life span of 70 years since the first. But an adult bar or bat mitzvah can happen at many ages and for many reasons.Read More
ParentsBar and Bat Mitzvah 101
Coming of age, which happens automatically at age 13 or 12, means that one is obligated to perform the commandments.Parents' Role in Service
Traditionally, the father recited one blessing during the service, but today, parents are often much more involved.Parents' Blessing
A bar mitzvah blessing from long ago.Preparing for Your Child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah
How to step in and step back.When Parents Are Divorced
How to rise above difference and make the day special for your child.
GuestsGuide for Guests
What to expect at a synagogue bar or bat mitzvah service.Gift Guide
What to get for the bar or bat mitzvah kid in your life.Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah
This rite represents a spiritual coming of age for adult Jews.Entering a Synagogue
Tips for the novice shul-goer.Respect for the Synagogue
We are supposed to feel at home and at ease in synagogue, and yet synagogue should also be set apart as sacred space.
Reaching the age of majority was not always a requirement for being called up to the Torah.What Does Bar Mitzvah Mean?
Being bar/bat mitzvah vs. becoming a bar/bat mitzvah.The Child's Role in the Service
The defining moment of the ceremony is the child's first aliyah.Personalizing Through Art
Creating a tallit or designing an invitation can add a meaningful personal dimension.Converted Children
For converted children, bar/bat mitzvah is a time for affirming their connections with Judaism.
HistoryHistory of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
From the Talmud to the 21st century.Bar Mitzvah
Originally bar mitzvah meant simply "coming of age." The ceremony developed much later.Bat Mitzvah
The bat mitzvah ceremony is of relatively recent vintage, with the first American observance in 1922.First Bat Mitzvah
Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan's daughter's modest break with patriarchal traditions.Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah
A ceremony created for adults who missed the bar/bat mitzvah experience of adolescence.