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Mediating the Tensions of Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Cleveland Experience

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Publication Date: March 1996

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Jeffrey Schein; Susan Wyner

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service 72-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Community Building; Jewish Identification; Youth

Type: Report

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.