Bat Mitzvah at 100
March 18-19, 2022
Join Jewish Communities across North America to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Bat Mitzvah!
When Judith Kaplan became the first American girl to have a bat mitzvah ceremony on March 18, 1922 at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), she had no idea that her actions would change Jewish communal life forever.
But something unexpected happened along the way. As increasing numbers of girls ascended the bimah, girls and women began to expect—and demand—access to ritual honors and synagogue leadership. Bat mitzvah firsts were a catalyst for expanding all women’s participation in Jewish life and paved the way for people of all genders to mark their coming-of-age in new and inclusive ways.
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How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "Bat Mitzvah at 100." (Viewed on June 4, 2023) <https://jwa.org/batmitzvah100>.