Parents and teachers move from being taskmasters to team planners of a “B-mitzvah” rich in emotional satisfaction, intellectual expansion, spiritual connection and logistical excellence. Ground-breaking step-by-step guide to creating a meaningful and memorable Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Delights and enhances the student’s autonomy, thinking, creative engagement, Jewish identity and self esteem. Based on research funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Thousands of parents, youth and hundreds of communities acclaim this volume which teaches, step-by-step, how to create a relevant, meaningful, spiritually profound bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. Rabbi Milgram did her doctoral research on creating new methods of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah preparation and was recognized by the Covenant Foundation for this book, related resources and programs.
Table of Contents:
1 Reclaiming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a Rite of Initiation
2 Creating Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Action Plan
3 Knowing Yourself
4 Creating a Meaningful Jewish Study Plan
5 Interpreting Your Torah Portion
6 Finding Your Mitzvah
7 Partying Hearty
8 Sharing Gifts, Blessings, and Memories
“This is a most valuable book to learn about Judaism for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah of any age!
--Peninnah Schram, author, Jewish Stories, One Generation Tells Another
“Restores relevance and spirituality to the process of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.”
--Rabbi David A. Cooper, author, God is a Verb
“Solid, wise and inviting. She does not preach, talk down, or every become boring. The sample divrei Torah are worth the price of admission.”
--Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, author, Parenting as a Spiritual Journey
“Helps Bar and Bat Mitzvah students enhance their autonomy, thinking, creative engagement, Jewish identity and self esteem.”
--Ellen Weaver, psychotherapist, pastoral counselor, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, Woodstock Jewish Congregation
“I cherish this as a parent, educator, and impassioned adult Bat Mitzvah student. An invaluable tool to help transform this learning process into a joyous adventure.”
--Julia Indichova, author, Inconceivable and director, Fertile Heart Parenting Center
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