For a traditional family, the appropriate date for a bar/bat mitzvah is the Shabbat on or following the child's birthday, but for a liberal family, selecting a date can be more complicated.
Confirmation changed the requirements for Jewish "adulthood" by moving the focus from religious practice to doctrine.
Who we invite to a simcha (celebration) reflects our sense of family identity.
The bar mitzvah ceremony is medieval, but a bar mitzvah blessing appears nearly a millenium earlier.
A family educator offers words of advice to the family.
Reaching the age of majority was not always a requirement for commandments such as being called up to the Torah.
How Old is Old Enough?
Contemporary Bar/Bat Mitzvah Issues. The Bar / Bat Mitzvah Celebrarion. Jewish Coming of Age. Jewish Lifecycle
Age and its significance, terminology, parents' blessing, parent-child dynamics, and motivations for adult bar/bat mitzvah.
One parent shares her family's thoughts about the possibility of her daughter attending a Jewish day school.