2013 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Conference

Watch the video of the February 27th B'nai Mitzvah conference.

The Role of Bar and Bat Mitzvah in America Today

February 27th, 2013
Registration and light breakfast at 9:00am
Program 9:30am-3:30pm
Conference fee $36 (subsidies available upon request)
UJA-Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

There is much discussion about the role of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah in America today. Excesses in celebration, the over-emphasis on the ritual itself, and the immediate dropout rate of Jewish teens post the event itself all contribute to communal angst about this rite of passage. A broader understanding of what the coming of age ceremony could mean in contemporary Jewish life opens up the possibility to re-examine the Bar and Bat Mitzvah ritual; to look more closely to the  lead up to this milestone; and to transform it from a perceived graduation ceremony into a launch pad for continued Jewish commitment.


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Learners today have the desire and capacity to be 'co-producers' of their own learning experiences. New technologies, especially those that foster collaboration, make this more feasible than ever. But, the essential idea is very Jewish: students don't simply absorb knowledge from the past; they create new knowledge.”
Jonathan Woocher, Director, Lippman Kanfer Institute, JESNA