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
Coming of age, which happens automatically at age 13 or 12, means that one is obligated to perform the commandments.
Traditionally, the father recited one blessing during the service, but today, parents are often much more involved.
A bar mitzvah blessing from long ago.
How to step in and step back.
How to rise above difference and make the day special for your child.
What to expect at a synagogue bar or bat mitzvah service.
What to get for the bar or bat mitzvah kid in your life.
This rite represents a spiritual coming of age for adult Jews.
Tips for the novice shul-goer.
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.
Being bar/bat mitzvah vs. becoming a bar/bat mitzvah.
The defining moment of the ceremony is the child's first aliyah.
Creating a tallit or designing an invitation can add a meaningful personal dimension.
For converted children, bar/bat mitzvah is a time for affirming their connections with Judaism.
From the Talmud to the 21st century.
Originally bar mitzvah meant simply "coming of age." The ceremony developed much later.
The bat mitzvah ceremony is of relatively recent vintage, with the first American observance in 1922.
Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan's daughter's modest break with patriarchal traditions.
A ceremony created for adults who missed the bar/bat mitzvah experience of adolescence.