Episode 71: Bat Mitzvah at 100
On March 18, 1922, Judith Kaplan made history when she stood in front of her Manhattan congregation and had America's first bat mitzvah ceremony. Judith's bat mitzvah was groundbreaking at the time, but it didn't look like most bat mitzvahs today. In this episode of Can We Talk?, producer Jen Richler talks with Professor Carole Balin about how the bat mitzvah has evolved over the past century, and how girls and their parents have pushed for that evolution. Carole is working on a book based on interviews with dozens of women, representing many decades of bat mitzvah history. Throughout the episode, you’ll hear some of their voices too.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 71: Bat Mitzvah at 100." (Viewed on October 4, 2023) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-71-bat-mitzvah-100>.