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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

To bar mitzvah or not to bar mitzvah, that is the question. Need some help? Want to learn ways to make your child's special day inclusive for the whole family? Find out how other families have handled these issues in's selection of articles, resources and links.


Our booklet, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs For The Interfaith Family, explains the wonderful milestone marking adulthood, the bar mitzvah (for a boy) or bat mitzvah (for a girl), a life cycle event taking place at the age of 13.


Planning a bar or bat mitzvah can be tricky. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families includes detailed information about what takes place at a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah as well as information on ways a child's interfaith family can participate in the celebrations, and possible limitations on participation in some synagogues. Watch this video to see what to expect at a synagogue.


A bat/bar mitzvah takes a lot of preparation and study. Search our Network for welcoming synagogues and Hebrew or religious schools or search Professionals for tutors and other bar/bat mitzvah prep routes.


InterfaithFamily offers classes and workshops for interfaith families starting to think about, or in the early stages of, planning a bar or bat mitzvah. Is Preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Your Interfaith Family for you?

 From Others

Looking for advice? Wondering how others planned bar or bat mitzvahs that were inclusive of extended family's different religions? Our discussion boards and article archives have plenty of resources:

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Hebrew for "son of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish boys come of age at 13. When a boy comes of age, he is officially a bar mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bar mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The female equivalent is "bat mitzvah."
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