Restorying Jewish Lives Post Adult Bat Mitzvah
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
Keywords: Psychology; Identity Formation; Adult education; Spirituality
Coverage: United States
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.