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B'nai Mitzvah

Large group of teenagers posing with Rabbi Paul Kipnes in front of the US Capitol Building

We met with the legislative directors who we could sense knew – and they knew that the teens knew – that our teens would be voting in just a few years time.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Julia Weisz
Judy Leavitt holding a Torah for her Bat Mitzvah

Whatever our age, we must never stop learning; the quest for lifelong learning is vital. We can use the knowledge to better ourselves and to understand the world to decide how we must act.

Judith Kline Leavitt
Three men in bathing suits sitting on a large chair on the beach that reads TEL AVIV LOVES ME

Five years ago, H. Alan Scott emerged from the mikveh waters. Soon, he'll be celebrating another milestone: throwing himself a bar mitzvah.

Derek Kwait (JTA)
View of coastal Netanya Israel with both industrial buildings and lush beaches in view

This is liberal Judaism on the edge: Flinging doors open wide to those who would otherwise be left behind. The community is a voice of Judaism that is open to all who seek it.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Bat mitzvah girl holding Torah scroll

As Netta’s mom, I maintain balance between others accepting Netta for who she is – a child who has medical and developmental needs – and holding expectations high.

Allyson Perling
Wooden nested dolls un-nested

This year, as summer folded into fall, we celebrated our son Josh becoming a bar mitzvah, including the “Torah pass” from generation to generation.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
bar mitzvah boy in tallit returning the scroll to the ark

“So what’s the theme of your son’s bar mitzvah?” It was such a simple question that it’s difficult to explain exactly why it stumped me. How was it that, when I was on the other side of the table, I had no idea how to respond?

Rabbi Anthony Fratello

In the midst of the chaos of planning a bat mitzvah, carving out time to sit together as a family and learn a new ritual together can be a powerful and memorable experience for all involved.

Sarah Resnick

I never though that I, a normal 13-year-old boy, would be able to make a difference in the greater community.

Ian Meyer

Professionally and personally, I have witnessed the beauty in how the “different” can bring together families, their friends and their Jewish communities. In particular, I was privileged to be part of the process as Aubree Bella became a bat mitzvah

Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe


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