Bat Mitzvah

When Do We Become 'Women?'

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The Power of the Bat Mitzvah

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Sheena Levi Bat Mitzvah Photo

When I was brought on board at the Lev LaLev Fund in May 2011, I was asked if I could run the bat mitzvah project program. I thought, sure, how hard could it be? I was once a bat mitzvah girl too after all. Yet, a year later, as I was writing about the 15th anniversary of my own bat mitzvah in my e-newsletter to the bat mitzvah girls, I finally realized just how much had changed in that short amount of time.

Girl Rising

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Girl Rising

Abby Mohr lives a stone's throw away from Boston, but her take on education is global. Barely even in her teenage years, and she cares deeply about making sure girls all over the world can get an education. “I really like school,” she says. “Boys get to go to school all over the world, and girls should too.” Most teenagers probably do not realize just how lucky they are to be educated, but Abby is not one of them.

Rebecca Lubetkin's 60th Bat Mitz-versary

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Rebecca Lubetkin's Bat Mitzvah 1951
Rebecca Lubetkin celebrating 60th Bat Mitzvah anniversary

“It’s funny how practices that seem way out in one generation become so commonplace in another that people wonder what took so long.

The story of creation: Artist Miriam Karp on making her daughter's bat mitzvah tallit

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Isabella with tallit by Miriam Karp

Miriam Karp is an artist who has been creating hundreds of one-of-a-kind ketubot since 1976.

My "out of this world" bat mitzvah

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Outer Space

My bat mitzvah party theme was outer space. Each of the tables were named after the nine planets in the solar system at the time: Mercury, Venus, Mars.

Learning and teaching bat mitzvah: It goes both ways

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Susan Landau

“But there’s so much to learn!” This is the traditional lament of every bat mitzvah girl I have tutored, and I’m sure it escaped my lips a few times when I was preparing for my own bat mitzvah as well. Between the prayers, the Torah portion, the Haftarah, the d’var Torah, and everything else a bat mitzvah entails, there is no doubt that in becoming a bat mitzvah there is quite a lot to learn. But I would like to offer an alternative framework: the bat mitzvah girl not as a learner, but as a teacher.

Book Review: Today I Am a Woman

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Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World, (Eds Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz, Indiana University Press, 2011) is at once intellectual and imaginative.

El Adon-think-so: Battling singer's block with help from my mom

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My New Jersey bat mitzvah party was a lavish affair.

My super-uncool, roller-skating bat mitzvah

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Roller Skates

I remember the crackling sound of late nineties alt-rock and the stench of roller-rink pizza like it was just yesterday.

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