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Ritual

Rebecca Lubetkin's Bat Mitzvah, 1951

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Rebecca Lubetkin and her twin brother Hank celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvah in 1951.
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Rebecca Lubetkin and her twin brother Hank celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvah in 1951.
Courtesy of Rebecca Lubetkin

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Shakespearean scholar Bernice Kliman and husband Merwin at her bat mitzvah, December 2006.

Photo courtesy Merwin Kliman.

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Shakespearean scholar Bernice Kliman and husband Merwin at her bat mitzvah, December 2006.

Photo courtesy Merwin Kliman.

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Alexandra Kukoff

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Alexandra Kukoff.

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Alexandra Kukoff.

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