Category: Bnei Mitzvah

Communal Acts of Private Intimacy: A Review of Trisha Arlin’s Place Yourself
By Alden Solovy
January 7, 2019
Like the liturgists of old, Arlin’s work troubles us where we are too comfortable and comforts us when we are troubled
Design Your Own Ritual with a Little Help from a Rabbi
By Rabbi Kami Knapp
August 2, 2017
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
How Musical-Visual Bar Mitzvah Rituals Communicated My Son’s Essence
By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
February 8, 2016
The last thirteen years have been a journey for my husband Fred and me into a world that we knew nothing about before: the world of autism.
From Brit Bat to Bat Mitzvah: How Love & Tradition Work Together
By Dr. Keren R. McGinity
November 21, 2015
How does an interfaith couple raising Jewish children create meaningful rituals that honor both partners’ heritage? This is a question that I asked myself when I became a parent and when I founded the Love & Tradition Institute.
First-person Plural: On Participating in Jewish Community as a Deaf Person
By Jeffery Zuckerman
June 1, 2015
Judaism is as much a community as a religion, and as such it is deeply rooted in ritual and tradition. This communal nature is cemented by speaking and singing in unison, commingling individual voices within a rhythmic repetition of sh’ma
Renewing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
By Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
April 28, 2015
On a recent Saturday evening, I found myself in a small artsy theater in downtown Seattle for the debut of an original animated film. When the film ended, the young filmmaker, Frieda, was greeted with thunderous applause. Afterward, she joined me on stage for a Director’s Q&A session, where I interviewed her about both the content and the making of her movie. The topic of the film? Parashat Beshalakh.
What Does "Today I Am a Man" Mean Today?
By Rabbi Daniel Brenner
December 7, 2012
As part of bar
Bringing Up Baby
June 19, 2012
Life cycle rituals are not fixed experiences—even when the text and ceremony stays the same.

The Reconstructionist Network

Learning to Say "We": Writing Identity

In this immersion, we will reflect and expand on our personal experiences of identity, using writing exercises and in-depth discussions to think about, challenge, discover, explore, and experiment with different ways to identify ourselves, to consider how those ways connect us to and separate us from others, and how they represent and misrepresent aspects of who we are.

Four sessions, starting June 15th

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