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Bar & Bat Mitzvah

February 27th, 2013, the Jewish Futures Conference on The Role of Bar and Bat Mitzvah in America Today

in partnership with JESNA

There is much discussion about the role of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah in America today. Excesses in celebration, the over-emphasis on the ritual itself, and the immediate dropout rate of Jewish teens post the event itself all contribute to communal angst about this rite of passage. A broader understanding of what the coming of age ceremony could mean in contemporary Jewish life opens up the possibility to re-examine the Bar and Bat Mitzvah ritual; to look more closely to the  lead up to this milestone; and to transform it from a perceived graduation ceremony into a launch pad for continued Jewish commitment.

This conference was supported by our friends and colleagues at:
MATERIALS FROM CONFERENCE
DISCUSSION SHEET compiled by Robyn Faintich, JewishGPS:
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