Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah around the World

Photo cover of Edited by Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz
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About the Book

Recollections of the first bat mitzvah at the only synagogue in Indonesia, a poignant bat mitzvah memory of World War II Italy, and an American bat mitzvah shared with girls in a Ukrainian orphanage — these are a few of the resonant testimonies about the transition from Jewish girl to Jewish woman collected in "Today I Am a Woman." Introduced by brief biographical notes and descriptions of Jewish communities around the world, these stories reveal how Judaism defines this important rite of passage in a girl's life in widely disparate settings. The contributions are from bat mitzvah girls of the past and present, their parents, communities and religious leaders. Including evocative family photos — some recent, some from decades past — this rich compilation is an ideal gift for bat mitzvah celebrants, their families and friends.

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Temple Reyim in Newton, MA.
Participants discovered bat mitzvah stories from around the world, met other bat mitzvah girls, created a craft project, and explored their own bat mitzvah story with maps, writing, interviews and art.

 Sponsored by Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Mayyim Hayyim, Jewish Women's Archive, Temple Reyim and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts