Taking Risks, Making Change: Bat Mitzvah and Other Evolving Traditions
Today, the Bat Mitzvah may seem like a routine aspect of a young girl's Jewish life. But less than 100 years ago, no public ceremony existed to mark a girl's coming of age, and over the past century, what a "Bat Mitzvah" looks like has continually shifted. This Go & Learn guide uses the letters from one girl's campaign to have the first Saturday morning Bat Mitzvah in her congregation as a case study for exploring how we confront controversial issues and make change in our communities.
- The Bat Mitzvah is a fairly recent development in Judaism, and what a Bat Mitzvah looks like has continued to shift over time.
- Young people have the ability to effect change in their communities.
- What bigger questions did the emergence of the Bat Mitzvah pose for the wider Jewish community?
- How did Sally Gottesman affect change in her community? How might you address controversial issues in your own community?
- For youth:
More Than Just a Party: Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Then and Now
- For family education:
Change and Meaning in Bat/Bar Mitzvah Experience
- For adults:
Changing Ritual, Transforming Community
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "Taking Risks, Making Change: Bat Mitzvah and Other Evolving Traditions." (Viewed on January 22, 2021) <https://jwa.org/teach/golearn/mar09>.