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Changing Patterns of North American Bar Mitzvah Towards a History and Sociological Analysis

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Publication Date: December 1984

Publisher(s): Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association

Author(s): Stuart Schoenfeld

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Calendars, special days, and ceremonies)

Keywords: North American Jews

Type: Report


This paper moves bar mitzvah to the center of attention, examining the historical development of the concept and attendant ceremonies, interpreting it as a socio-cultural drama in which larger issues of Jewish life are articulated and somehow dealt with. As notes for social history, the paper identifies the main features of the ceremony's evolution.