Mediating the Tensions of Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Cleveland Experience
Publication Date: March 1996
Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America
Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service 72-3
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Community Building; Jewish Identification; Youth
Coverage: United States
The tension between the religious meaning of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and conspicuous consumption reflected in lavish parties led to the formation of the Cleveland Bar/Bat Mitzvah Task Force. It has created and disseminated community guidelines for celebrating B'nai Mitzvah and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planner and has sponsored educational programs and a community dialogue. Including all relevant stakeholders in this communal initiative was essential.
In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.72 no.3, Spring 1996.