Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Our Bat Mitzvah Celebration With The Community

We live in a provincial community in the UK and like in many provincial communities, attitudes towards women’s involvement in ...

A Bar Mitzvah In A Time Of Tragedy

I had planned to write about my eldest son’s bar mitzvah this weekend. I had planned to reflect upon some ...

Advice for B’nai Mitzvah

The first time I officiated at a bar mitzvah was when I was the visiting rabbi at a young congregation in ...

The Year of the Bar Mitzvahs

The “Derby Bunch”, or “Six Pack” as my parents like to call them, are a motley crew of grandkids – ...

Beyond the Bimah

Tawonga just launched our very first bar and bat mitzvah training in the Bay Area, and I am so excited ...

Bat Mitzvah as Rite of Passage into Self and Community

My daughter Ktoret Ashira was born on Yom Kippur in Jerusalem in 2001. Two and a half years ago we ...

A Bat Mitzvah Gives Voice to a Woman in Science

While the model is generally that students learn from teachers, yesterday I was reminded that teachers learn from students as ...

The Wilderness of Sinai

Bamidbar is my daughter Elena’s bat mitzvah portion. As she was approaching bat mitzvah, fifteen years ago, my father was ...

Is the Bar Mitzvah Over?

The simple answer, of course, is no. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is one of the most popular Jewish rituals in the United ...

Bat Mitzvah Girl Speaks Volumes, Without Saying a Word

If I close my eyes and sit quietly, I can still picture the expression on her face. My breath catches ...

A Bat Mitzvah Hand-Me-Down

I wore a white eyelet dress for my 1971 bat mitzvah. My mom bought it at a discount shop on ...

The Other Cries of War and Peace

About me: I’m a judicial officer. I’ve served on presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, and as counsel to my state Senate. I earned one ...