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StarTribune’s Ask Amy: Bar mitzvah meal is celebration to savor

Ask Amy: Bar mitzvah meal is celebration to savor

Here is what Amy Dickinson has to say about guests who RSVP to attend the party without planning to attend the service.

Dear Amy: Can you address etiquette regarding our son’s upcoming bar mitzvah?

We have had a few guests mention on their RSVP that they won’t be able to attend the service (10 a.m.-noon) but will attend the party celebration (12:30-4 p.m.). I gather it is because their child plays sports on Saturday mornings. (more…)


The New York Times Magazine, March 24, 2013: Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers by Maud Newton

Here’s another take on the Christian Bar Mitzvah:

In February, we shared with you The Sisterhoods Christian Bar Mitzvah: Can Jewish Ritual Be Borrowed by Rabbi Jason Miller. Now, Maud Newton has a published essay in the New York Times Magazine of March 24 – Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers.





B’nai Mitzvah and what it could be…

Ira Wise, using, is reaching out for your thoughts on what b’nai mitzvah could be in his congregation’s community. Read what Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT is considering and help him answer the following questions:

  • What do you think are ways of making the experience more meaningful for the B’nai Mitzvah AND their families?
  • How can we leverage the process to help deepen and expand their sense of Jewish Identity?
  • And what do you think we can introduce to the process that will help students choose to develop connections to the Jewish community and the synagogue (any synagogue) for a lifetime?


Over the Top or Welcome New Trend for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitation

Brett Lubarsky

Brett Lubarsky @brettlubarsky tweeted:

Over the top or a welcome new trend that personalizes the invite? #jed21 @URJ @JewishEd @RachelSaphire …

What are your thoughts about using videos and social media as a method of invitation to a bar/bat mitzvah?

How does this add to or take away from the significance of our youth transitioning into their new levels of responsibility and accountability within our communities?

What is the impact of this for the young person becoming bar/bat mitzvah? for the parents? for those invited? for those viewing yet not invited?





Doing Mitzvah Projects Right by Marjorie Ingall on

Marjorie Ingall’s article conveys the challenges of creating mitzvah projects that have purpose, meaning, and impact. She includes many examples of success that may stimulate your thoughts as you teach, guide, mentor, or parent our youth. Read it here.

L’Dor v’Dor v’Dor: From Generation to Generation to Generation by Diane Black, Rebecca Friedman, and Jessica Friedman

Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director of Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center brought to our attention this story. Three generations of women share the experience of the youngest immersing herself prior to becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

Read the full story…and enjoy!

Did Bubbe Have a Bat Mitzvah? Unlocking the Power of Family Stories by Etta King

Etta King, Jewish Women’s Archives, has provided content from her session at The Jewish Futures Conference:

The following documents complement this video:

You are invited to contact her directly with questions or for further conversation – click here.