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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Trips to Israel: Variations on a Theme of Affirmation

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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Lisa D. Grant

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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

Keywords: American Jews; Israel experience; Jewish identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This article examines the motivation for and the impact of family trips to Israel during the year the child becomes bar or bat-mitzvah. First, it situates this phenomenon in the broad context of American Jewish life as a new variation on an old ritual; second, it describes how different families and different kinds of trips enact the ritual itself and how the bar/bat-mitzvah fits within the overall structure of their Israel trips.