Bar Mitzvah

Post Bar Mitzvah, Communal Role Grows For Boy With Disability

So, Jewish life after Bar Mitzvah… It is hard to believe that there is life after Bar Mitzvah!  Since our son Avi was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, we have been very goal-driven.  What did he need to achieve his goals?  How can we maximize his potential?  What will his role be in the Jewish community, if any?  Until quite recently, this was very much a blur.  Some days the answers seemed clear; other days, we had no idea.  

As I wrote in a blog a few months back, Avi’s Bar Mitzvah was more than we could have ever imagined. 

Avi puts on tefillin with his father. Courtesy of Michelle Steinhart

Drake's SNL Bar Mitzvah Flashback

We knew Canada-born rap star Drake was Jewish, but he went full-blown MOT during his turn as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, offering a comic look at how his African American and Jewish relatives came together to celebrate his bar mitzvah. 

Please see our Culture View blog post about Drake's earlier "HYFR" bar mitzvah-themed video.

What A Bar Mitzvah Taught Us, and Our Son

Ever since our son was diagnosed with autism, at age two and a half, I'd been wondering about his bar mitzvah.  I come from a family of shulgoers who lead services, read from the Torah, and sing. My husband does, too. He and I have been teaching b’nei mitzvah for decades, and the question of our son’s bar mitzvah loomed large for 10 years.

Avi and his uncle, rejoicing at Avi's Bar Mitzvah. Photo courtesy Michelle Steinhart

Brooklyn Boy Killed By Van One Month Before Bar Mitzvah

10/10/2013
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NEW YORK  — A Brooklyn boy was struck and killed by a van one month before his bar mitzvah.

At His Untraditional Bar Mitzvah, A Son With Autism Leads The Congregation

A piece of my soul died when we decided that Ben’s autism would necessitate a reexamination of a conventional Bar Mitzvah service. Having guided so many young people through their studies towards becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, I yearned to have the unique privilege of preparing my own son, my firstborn, the way my father, also a rabbi, had long ago prepared me.

Mom and Ben at the Walk for Autism. Ben cut the ribbon to start everybody off. Photo courtesy Rabbi Rebecca Schorr

A Different Kind Of Bar Mitzvah: Walking For Autism

Hidden away, they have been waiting for this day. To be used for the purpose for which they had been created. Beautifully, lovingly.

Rabbi Rebecca Schorr

Meet Mazel: The B'nai Mitzvah Magazine

12/17/2012
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The 21st century’s bar mitzvah year, 2013, is almost here and b’nai mitzvah talk seems to be everywhere.

Mazel Magazine maintains the party is the most important aspect of b'nai mitzvah. Photo courtesy Mazel Magazine

B'nai Mitzvah: A Revolution, Not A Graduation

11/28/2012
Associate Editor

From the Russian to the Chinese to the Sexual to, most recently, an eponymous sci-fi post-apocalyptic TV series, the past century has witnessed its share of revolutions.

Now, with just a bit less tumult (one hopes) comes B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, a Reform Movement pilot initiative to “radically rethink” the Jewish rite of passage and its place in synagogue life and education.

The Reform Movement wants to recast the b'nai mitzvah, which is often viewed as a graduation from Judaism. Getty Images

David Arquette Bar Mitzvahed at Western Wall, 27 Years Late

06/12/2012

 Actor David Arquette, 40, star of the “Scream” movie series and occasional professional wrestler, celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Western Wall on Monday, according to reports.

The soon-to-be-former husband of Courtney Cox, who played Jewish Monica Geller on NBC’s “Friends,” was in Israel to film an episode of “Mile High,” his show on the Travel Channel.

Can Drake Save the Bar Mitzvah?

When Drake’s new video, “HYFR,” dropped over the weekend—in which the Jewish, biracial hip-hop superstar raps at a bar mitzvah—I was thrilled. Initially.

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