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Rabbi Goldie Milgram is spearheading the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Institute Initiative, developed under a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and focused upon creating more meaningful and effective ways of preparing students for bar/bat mitzvah. Author of Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat, she is Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit educational research and training group, P?nai Yachadut and also runs the highly regarded web site family ReclaimingJudaism.org.
?Reb Goldie Milgram is an extraordinary, creative, and wise teacher/mentor/guide/partner in the exploration of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process. She takes the reader on a multi-dimensioned journey to discover various meaningful traditions and rituals and, in turn, to express them into a spiritually significant celebration. This book is the Bar/Bat Mitzvah's equivalent to What Color Is Your Parachute.?
-Peninnah Schram, author, Stories One Generation Tells to Another
?Rabbi Goldie Milgram restores relevance and spirituality to the process of becoming bar/bat mitzvah. Her guidance is delivered with great wisdom and compassion. I highly recommend this work.?
-David A Cooper, author of God is a Verb
1. Reclaiming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a Rite of Initiation.
2. Creating Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Action Plan.
3. Knowing Yourself.
4. Creating a Meaningful Jewish Study Plan.
5. Interpreting Your Torah Portion.
6. Finding Your Mitzvah.
7. Partying Hearty.
8. Sharing Gifts, Blessings, and Memories.
Internet and Bibliographic Resources.
Glossary: Transliterations and Translations.
Posted November 30, 2005
Reb Goldie's book is a must have for the family with an upcoming simcha. It offers huge support for this phase of family development, as well as an original understanding of what a rite of passage has meant for cultures in the past and what it can mean for the modern teen and his/her family. Unlike some of the other 'meaning and bnai mitzvah' titles, which focus on the meaning of the service and the skills a child will need, Reb Goldie's book focusses on the child making a transition to adulthood, and how families can encourage and enjoy that process. Reb Goldie includes a number of creative exercises that B-mitzvah kids can do to enhance their self-awareness, and others that families can do together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.