Changing Patterns of North American Bar Mitzvah Towards a History and Sociological Analysis
Publication Date: December 1984
Publisher(s): Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association
Author(s): Stuart Schoenfeld
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: North American Jews
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.