Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Scheduling A Bar/Bat Mitzvah: What To Consider

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.

History of Confirmation

Confirmation changed the requirements for Jewish "adulthood" by moving the focus from religious practice to doctrine.

The Ethics of Family Inclusion

Who we invite to a simcha (celebration) reflects our sense of family identity.

The Parents’ Blessing: Baruch She-p’tarani

The bar mitzvah ceremony is medieval, but a bar mitzvah blessing appears nearly a millenium earlier.

Parent-Child Dynamics Shift Before Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A family educator offers words of advice to the family.

The Jewish Age of Majority and Its Obligations

Reaching the age of majority was not always a requirement for commandments such as being called up to the Torah.

Contemporary Issues in Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Contemporary Bar/Bat Mitzvah Issues. The Bar / Bat Mitzvah Celebrarion. Jewish Coming of Age. Jewish Lifecycle

About Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Age and its significance, terminology, parents' blessing, parent-child dynamics, and motivations for adult bar/bat mitzvah.

The Pros and Cons of a Day School Education

One parent shares her family's thoughts about the possibility of her daughter attending a Jewish day school.