Bring On The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Videos

Tweens do have a story all their own.

Israel Correspondent

We’re in the final weeks of preparing for our twin sons’ bar mitzvah, and one of the things on our never-ending To Do list is a simple video. Our goal is to chronicle our boys’ development from cute newborns to precocious teens without boring our guests in the process.

The author’s bar mitzvah boys. The family is in the final week of preparations for the event.

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Letter Of The Law

Prenup, catering contract, and who owns the wedding video, anyway? Better get a lawyer.

Special To The Jewish Week

If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll undoubtedly seek, and receive, blizzards of advice. But one person you may not think to call is a lawyer, and my point — and I know this will come as a surprise — is that this is unfortunate.

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Marking Birthdays With Dancing And Good Deeds

From fundraising massages to a flamenco performance, innovative ways to celebrate a new decade.

Culture Editor

For her upcoming 70th birthday, artist Miriam Stern’s family is planning to publish a book about her artistic career, with essays about her work and color images. The idea was a surprise to her when they told her of their plans last year. Her family knew that she did not like parties with her as the center of attention and thought of this meaningful tribute in her honor. She was delighted, and is now involved in the process of selecting images and working with the writers (miriamstern.net).

Micki Kaplan Reiss marked a milestone birthday with a flamenco flourish. Teddy Reiss

‘Helping People Not Just With Money’

With apron, gloves and hair net, bar/bat mitzvah kids can pitch in for Israel’s needy

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — When Jordana Schoor was planning her son Saadya’s bar mitzvah she sought an activity that would be both fun and meaningful for her large extended family. Knowing Saadya’s commitment to doing good deeds, Schoor booked a family outing to Pantry Packers (http://pantrypackers.org/), the 2-year-old food distribution arm of Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating network of social services in Israel.

Relatives of a bar mitzvah boy pack food in the Pantry Packers plant in Jerusalem. Michele Chabin/JW

Welcome To The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Do-Over

‘ReBar’ offers a rite of passage second chance for Jews who feel disconnected.


For some Jewish youths, the bar/bat mitzvah experience, like that of their teenage years in general, can be an awkward one. In most cases, the rite of passage is a culmination of years of studying in order to enter Jewish adulthood, and is feted in a large party with friends and family. But for others, the bar/bat mitzvah process can have negative elements and may even be an unofficial “goodbye” to their religious observance.

Millennial Jews at Reboot’s “reBar Mitzvah” event in Los Angeles last fall.  Courtesy of Reboot

Celebrate June 2015

Welcome to the bar/bat mitzvah do-over. A hunger for a good mitzvah project. Marking milestone birthdays, with a twist.

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The Wedding Planner, Times Two

One summer, two events and a season full of joy.

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters,” Jane Austen writes in “Pride and Prejudice.” If not quite with the gleeful triumph of a Mrs. Bennet, still with a sense of personal accomplishment, I married off both my children last summer.

The author’s children, Alex, (with husband Sol). Photos courtesy of Gloria Kestenbaum

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‘It’s Our Big, Fat, Jewish Wedding’

In Polish city, a tying-of-the-knot celebrate Jewish rediscovery and revival.


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Friends, family and media crowd in front of the chuppah at the wedding in Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg.
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