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Coming of Age in Jewish America: Bar and Bat Mitzvah Reinterpreted.


Coming of Age in Jewish America: Bar and Bat Mitzvah Reinterpreted

Patricia Keer Munro

Rutgers University Press


211 pages



Drawing on observations and interviews with families, religious educators and administrators, and rabbis, the author examines changes in bar and bat mitzvahs in the 21st century, focusing on Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, and independent Jewish congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the areas of preparation and ritual, rather than the celebrations involved. She describes the congregations; the roles of parents, rabbis, and teachers; and the tensions in the system in terms of different meanings given to the rituals by participants, the balance between process and performance of the rituals, raising or lowering community boundaries to include previously excluded groups or protect the nature of the rituals, and managing public vs. private ritual needs. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Apr 1, 2016
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