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B'nai Mitzvah

Unexpected Moments From the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Chronicles

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs often are positioned as a highlight of childhood (and a bridge to adulthood), but they just as often have some...

Unaffiliated Jews Get Creative for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

There was no question that the Danskys of Livingston, New Jersey, were going to have their children Bar and Bat Mitzvahed. There was also...

Making a Market in Dvar Torah Ghostwriting

The first paid writing job I ever held was as a Bar Mitzvah speech ghostwriter. This was a few years after my own Bar Mitzvah...

A Gift Guide for Every Life-Cycle Occasion

There’s no shortage of B’nai Mitzvah gift guides out there in the world, but the average Jewish person will go through a whole spectrum...

A Tale of Two Bark Mitzvahs

The invitations were sent. The table was set with “beagles” and lox. The cake, frosted with words that read “Muzzle Tov Sade,” was ready...

Families Find Special Meaning Having B’nai Mitzvahs in Israel

From her side of the mechitza at the Kotel, Shaindy Lindenberg was able to get a good view of her son reading from the...

My Twin Brother and I: The Story of Our B’nai Mitzvah

I have a picture of my twin brother on my desk. It’s from a school photo day. Sitting in front of a navy blue...

Eagles Fans Bleed Green, Even During Special Events

“You want Philly Philly?” “Hungry dogs run faster.” “We all we got, we all we need!” These are well-known phrases in any Eagles fan’s lexicon, but they...

Speeches Present Learning Opportunity for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Your palms are sweaty. Knees weak, arms are heavy. No, you’re not Eminem; you’re a probably-a-little-bit-nervous 13-year-old about to give your speech at your Bar or...
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Special Needs, Special Teachers for Jewish Education

A seminar brings together teaching professionals determined to provide quality Jewish education to special needs students for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Just as no...