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Today, Bat Mitzvah is celebrated in some way in most parts of the Orthodox Jewish world. But how should a girl’s religious coming of age be marked? How should communities and families create meaningful Bat Mitzvah celebrations? Is the lack of a single model a liability or an advantage? Over 20 articles feature a variety of historical, halakhic, sociological, psychological and experiential perspectives on the topic in the Fall, 2010 issue of the JOFA Journal.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2011
The New York Times recently carried a story describing the new trend of 'e-prepping' for Bar & Bat Mitzvah ceremonies via the internet. More and more 'cyber Rabbis' are offering Bar Mitzvah training using Skype and a webcam for personal one-on-one training sessions aided by digital audio and Youtube recordings of the melodies for the Torah and Haftarah readings. The lessons can include Hebrew reading and preparation of the dvar Torahs (an explication of the themes set out in the day’s readings) as well as reviewing progress on the charitable projects that have become a staple of bar mitzvah programs. The students can do their prepping from home at times that meet their busy schedules.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010
Based on four years of pilot programs with families in New York City, Los Angeles, Jerusalem and London, Storahtelling is proud to present Raising the Bar – serving the B’nai Mitzvah experience with an innovative, personalized program that re-imagines the process and product of the B’nai Mitzvah milestone. Storahtelling works with both unaffiliated and affiliated families, within and beyond traditional settings.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
Lisa Friedman, co-director of education at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, New Jersey, writes in the Torah Aura blog about their school's efforts to engage their post Bar/Bat Mitzvah age students, bringing them to continue their enrollment, continuing to grow as literate, compassionate, and committed Jews.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2010
A growing number of parents are opting for home-based Jewish learning as an attractive and convenient alternative to synagogue-based Hebrew schools. This article tries to explain why this trend is becoming popular. One reason is certainly the cost barrier, since many synagogues usually require a minimum of two to three years of enrollment and temple membership before allowing students to celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah. Another reason is that some parents simply had bad experiences themselves in Hebrew school and want to give their children something different. Other families feel that home-based programs enable them to obtain a more personalized education for their child in less time, with more flexibility and on a more convenient schedule than they would in a congregational program.
Updated: Dec. 24, 2009
This issue of 614 HBI eZINE examines the Bat Mitzva ceremony. Is it an important rite of passage into a Jewish life or a staged, pressured or even forced and uncomfortable event? The editors asked: What would it take to create a ceremony with meaningful rituals that left girls feeling truly connected to Judaism? This issue presents some of the solutions, opinions, and stories rounded up to spark the conversation.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009
Areyvut enables Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action). A non profit organization established in 2002, Areyvut offers Jewish day schools, educators, synagogues and community centers unique opportunities to empower and enrich youth by creating innovative and meaningful programs that make these core Jewish values a reality.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
Over 4500 mothers and daughters around the world have participated in Matan's Mother – Daughter Bat Miitzvah Program - 'Jewish Women Through The Ages' since its inception. The program consists of ten sessions during which mothers and daughters together study sources about Jewish women throughout history. The women studied in the program were selected because they embody positive attributes and values from which the girls can learn. Each learning session is accompanied by an experiential activity related to the relevant figure or subject.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem website sponsored by The Israel Ministry of Tourism and The Jerusalem Tourism Authority provides the information one would need to plan a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem. The site, written in Hebrew, English and French, is rich in useful multimedia and textual information, including possible Jerusalem venues for the celebration and family tours, suggested travel agencies and hotels.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2008
This article analyzes three curricula for the bat/bar-mitzva year of the public religious, Tali and public schools in Israel. It compares their views on gender and theology, and throws light on the intersection of gender, religion and education in Israeli society. It shows how the messages of the public religious and public schools serve to further hegemonic interests in Israeli society, while those of Tali serve interests of marginal groups. In addition, the article analyzes autobiographical influences of some of the curriculum decision made by the authors.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2008