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80 Holocaust Survivors Celebrate Bar Mitzvah in Israel

From the Jerusalem Post: 80 Holocaust survivors recently celebrated their bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, including several women who celebrated their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem as well. “My two children don’t live in Israel and I lost my husband a long time ago,” said Bella. “This event was […]

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What is a Bar Mitzvah?

Professor Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University explains the history of the bar mitzvah ceremony It is a common scene on many a Saturday morning in cities and towns across the United States to see seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls, a few not Jewish at all, gather in synagogues and temples to watch a classmate’s […]

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Why Are Some American Jews Opting For Independent Bar Mitzvahs Outside The Synagogue?

From the Jewish Daily Forward By Talia Liben Yarmush Some people call them “unaffiliated,” some call them “independents,” and others, “off the grid.” They’re the members of the Jewish community who don’t belong to a synagogue or affiliate with any particular denomination. According to the oft-cited 2013 Pew Study on Jewish Americans, 22% of American […]

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