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.
- Live Stream Archive
- Did Bubbe Have a Bat Mitzvah? Unlocking the Power of Family Stories by Etta King of Jewish Women’s Archive – Video, Slide Set: Did Bubbe Have a Bat Mitzvah – Unlocking the Power of Family Stories – by Etta King, and Session Notes: Did Bubbe Have a Bat Mitzvah – Discussion Notes from Session
- Wilderness Torah: Reconnecting to Nature to Create Meaningful Rites of Passage by Maggid Zelig Golden – Slide Set: Wilderness Torah. For more information or to contact Zelig, check out the website.
- From rural Vermont to the Western Wall, several generations of a family come of age in the most eclectic of ways
- Reframing the bat mitzvah
- Coming of age as a teenage girl
- Guide to Green and Just Celebrations
- “Saturday Night Fever” and the Havdalah Bar Mitzvah
- The Four Year Plan
- How much glitz is too much glitz?
- Coming of Age in the Most Eclectic of Ways
- Raising the Bar, Storahtelling
- Changing up the bar mitzvah experience
- Bat Mitzvah’s Delayed Coming-of-Age in the Reform Movement
- Bar Mitzvah Initiation Ritual
- Bar Mitzvah Poetry: From a Father to a Son
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