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Restorying Jewish Lives Post Adult Bat Mitzvah

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Publication Date: September 2003

Publisher(s): Journal of Jewish Education

Author(s): Lisa D. Grant

Series: Journal of Jewish Education, vol.69, no.2, pp.34-51.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Psychology; Identity Formation; Adult education; Spirituality

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The author reports results of a qualitative study of five Jewish women who had adult bat mitzvah ceremonies, conducted years after the ceremonies, in order to study the long-term impacts of adult bat mitzvahs. The author discusses the initial motivations and impacts of the ceremonies, later reflections and "restorying", the narrative process of weaving an experience into life and memory.