Since the next Jewish Futures conference has to do with the future of the bar/bat mitzvah, thought I would put this article out for y’all to take a look at. The author is talking about the terminology used to refer to grown female humans – woman vs. lady vs. gal, etc. – and the impact of the “extended adolescence” on one’s sense of self. She then adds this short bit about Bat Mitzvah:
Do you agree? Does the American-style Bat Mitzvah strike the perfect balance for the term “woman” because it brings in both playful and serious elements? Chime in with any thoughts!
Miriam Brosseau is Associate Director of Network Initiatives at The Jewish Education Project.