Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
The importance of the event timeline.
By:
Gail Snyder
Are you one of those lucky parents with an 11-year-old at home? If so, you are in the enviable position of having your child’s B’nai Mitzvah experience completely ahead of you — the tutoring sessions, the time spent imagining what the event will look like and where it will take place, and all the planning details and decisions that will...
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A grandmother’s Bat Mitzvah gift: memories of Italy.
By:
Carol Saline
“A llure” said Alessandra, “now we make the sauce per la pasta.” My 13-year-old granddaughter Sarina and I are standing by an old table in the simple family kitchen of a farmhouse outside of Florence where we have come for two days of Italian cooking lessons. As we chop vegetables and amiably chit-chat in a verbal stew of Italian and...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When Rabbi Lisa Malik sits down with families to begin the B'nai Mitzvah process, one of the first things she does, she explained, is discuss the child's service project. Malik, who leads Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron in Havertown, said that she used to refer students to the Youth Mitzvah Corps, a program run by Jewish Family and Children's...
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Synagogues seek innovative ways to keep teenagers on board
What makes Maya Rosenberg different from many other 13-year-olds is that she likes to learn -- about Judaism. "Torah stories. Holidays. Jewish customs." Rosenberg lists things that she's looking forward to exploring when she enrolls in her first year of Hebrew high school this fall at Har Zion Temple, a Conservative congregation in Penn Valley. She became a Bat Mitzvah...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With statistics showing that boys are more likely than girls to significantly decrease Jewish involvement after their Bar Mitzvahs, what can Jewish institutions do to keep young males active in synagogue and communal life? "Forty-seven percent of boys see their Bar Mitzvah as their graduation from Judaism. I don't remember getting a Judaism diploma at my Bar Mitzvah, but that's...
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