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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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Private Bar Mitzvah Ceremonies (NY Times)

Bar Mitzvahs Get New Look to Build Faith The New York Times LOS ANGELES — The American bar mitzvah, facing derision for Las Vegas-style excess, is about to get a full makeover, but for an entirely different reason. Families have been treating this rite of passage not as an entry to Jewish life, but as […]

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