Storahtelling

URJ Overhauling The Bar/Bat Mitzvah

In bid for relevance and to retain youth, Reform educators are seeking to ‘revolutionize’ the ritual.

06/19/2012
Editor and Publisher

Simon Kuh didn’t chant a Haftorah for his bar mitzvah several Shabbat mornings ago at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Instead, the 13-year-old reported on his recent ride alone on a city bus, the 720 Wilshire, across Los Angeles on a Friday at rush hour “to see my city from a different perspective.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Hip On The Holy Days

09/27/2011

Rabbi Marc Schneier, who hobnobs with hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, didn’t make the cut. Neither did Dovi Scheiner of the relentlessly hipster Soho Synagogue. And as for the rabbi who penned “Kosher Sex,” was the guru to Michael Jackson and who recently landed in The New Yorker’s Talk of the Town column — no, not even Shmuley Boteach made the list.

Rabbinic hipsters, clockwise from top left: Jen Krause, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Simcha Weinstein and Darby Jared Leigh.
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