Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A Personal Approach to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passage

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Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah is using and inspiring guide that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a very personal and meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This book offers a joyful and effective planning process that will help you produce a coming of age ritual filled with innovative ideas and sound guidance. Rabbi Goldie Milgram provides an effective, exciting process to help you organize this experience to meet your needs, in particular your studies, mentors, service, Torah talk, party, gifts and ...
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Overview

Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah is using and inspiring guide that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a very personal and meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This book offers a joyful and effective planning process that will help you produce a coming of age ritual filled with innovative ideas and sound guidance. Rabbi Goldie Milgram provides an effective, exciting process to help you organize this experience to meet your needs, in particular your studies, mentors, service, Torah talk, party, gifts and expressions of appreciation. Pragmatic and inspiring, this ground-breaking work will help students, families and communities to create healthy and memorably happy bar/bat mitzvah experiences.

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

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Publishers Weekly
Who wouldn't want to read a book that promises to transform parents from "taskmasters to team members supporting an exciting and motivated student" preparing for bar or bat mitzvah? B-Mitzvah (as Milgram dubs it, obviating long and clumsy alternatives) can be an empowering celebration customized to each individual's strengths and talents. Milgram's pioneering and much-tested methods include creating an 18-month to two-year action plan with a mission statement, strategies, charts, self-inventories and goals that clarify roles and responsibilities. Despite this businesslike approach, Milgram advocates "knowing yourself," finding "the prayer of your heart" and learning the language of your spirit. She even compares B-Mitzvah to Native American rites of initiation. To address the range of emotional, intellectual, spiritual and logistical aspects, chapters focus on developing a Jewish study plan; interpreting the assigned Torah portion; finding a mitzvah project; partying and sharing gifts and memories. Real-life examples from families and students bring her points home. Though the guide is geared to both children and adult B-Mitzvahs, the complex and time-consuming process may deter some 12-year-olds. Still, following even a few of Milgram's suggestions may enrich the celebration. Her unconventional wisdom rooted in tradition will help families navigate the B-mitzvah process so they can make the "hoped-for holiness" happen. (Aug. 27) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787972158
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Make Your Own... Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Goldie Milgram is spearheading the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Institute Initiative; researched under a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, it will focus on creating meaningful and effective ways of preparing students for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. She is author of Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

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.

The Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Original Approach to B-Mitzvah Kids and their Families

    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.

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