Links to sites about Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, gifts, and parties

The bar/bat mitzvah service now focuses on the child as individual, but the synagogue community should not suffer.

An overview of this Jewish rite of passage for 12- and 13-year-olds.

For converted children, bar/bat mitzvah is a time for affirming their connections with Judaism.

Mitzvah projects are often part of the bar/bat mitzvah observance .

What to expect and how to behave at a bar/bat mitzvah service.

The defining moment of the ceremony is the child's first aliyah, but children may also play additional roles in the service.

Interfaith families should ask the rabbi about synagogue policies and honestly examine both parents' attachments to Judaism.

Divorced parents must rise above their own differences and make the day special for the child.