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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Etiquette for Teens

When I was twelve-years-old I took part in a Joe Cornell dance class with just about every other Jewish teen my age in Metro Detroit to prepare for the bar and bat mitzvah circuit. When my mother was twelve she also learned to dance from Joe Cornell. It’s something of a Detroit tradition. While Joe [...]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Converting to Judaism?

If Leo becomes Jewish, I can imagine him being hoisted on a chair during the Hora dance at his bar mitzvah as he yells “I’m the King of the World!” Here’s the 411 from the JTA (the Jewish version of the AP): Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be considering converting to Judaism for his longtime [...]

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Bar Mitzvah Lessons in Cyberspace

Bar Mitzvah Lessons in Cyberspace

Why shlepp your kid to the synagogue for her bat mitzvah lessons when she can dial in virtually? A recent article in the New York Times shows how the tech savvy bar mitzvah tutors have taken to the Web to make the process more convenient for them and their students. If dating, shopping and watching [...]

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants. 1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the [...]

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Jewish Music

Jewish Religious Music Just as Judaism is a beautiful religion, its music is colorful and diverse. Jewish music is mostly religious in nature though modern Jewish music, although some still religious vary from classical, romantic, and folk music. Religious Jewish music is synagogal and cantorial. The earliest Jewish music was patterned from the one used [...]

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My First Bat Mitzvah Party

My First Bat Mitzvah Party

The other day, I wrote about vomiting at my bar mitzvah party. Not my finest hour. Since then, I’ve been thinking about other stories from bar/bat mitzvah parties. Maybe next week I’ll write about the time a bar mitzvah dancer put my head in her chest to convince me to go to the dance floor [...]

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Guest Etiquette on Bar Mitzvah

Have you  been invited to a Bar Mitzvah? If it is your first time to attend one, it is very important to learn about the proper Bar Mitzvah etiquette. Maintaining proper decorum when attending such occasion will make a good impression on your host and will spare you from embarrassment. The most important part of Bar Mitzvah is [...]

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Steps to Dancing the Horah

Horah is a traditional dance in Jewish weddings, bat mitzvahs, and bar mitzvahs. Many Jews refer to it as the unofficial king of the Israeli folk dances. The Hora is originally a Romanian folk dance and was brought from Eastern Europe by Jewish immigrants. In the past Hora was danced in the Kibbutzim and small [...]

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Bar Mitzvah Dance - Have both Traditional and Contemporary

It is important to implement traditions in your son’s Bar Mitzvah reception. One way you can do this is through the Bar Mitzvah dance. Although it is popular these days to simply play contemporary music, it also is a good idea to include some of the traditional dances. It is easy to incorporate traditional dances [...]

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Bar Mitzvah Tallit – The First Tallit

A bar mitzvah is a momentous occasion in a boy’s life marking the passage from childhood into adulthood. At age 13, a boy becomes responsible for his actions and is expected to keep the commandments of the Jewish faith. The term Bar Mitzvah is often mistakenly used to describe the ceremony and celebration surrounding the [...]

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Mazel Tov ! Songbook

Music for a Jewish Wedding & Other Joyous Occasionsby Velvel PasternakPart of the ‘Mazel Tov! Music for a Jewish Wedding’ series. 49 selections of the most popular and enduring melodies suitable for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah and other joyous occasions. Music for ceremony, processionals and recessionals, bride and groom entrance, dance and Klezmer medleys. [...]

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Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A Personal Approach to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passageby Rabbi Goldie Milgram A useful 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 filled with innovative ideas and sound guidance that will help you customize [...]

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The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Book

Joyful Ceremonies and Clebrations for Today’s Familiesby Linda Burghardt For anyone planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah this friendly, upbeat guide will help you create a service and celebration that’s right for you! To enjoy a festive, spiritually rewarding Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you need to understand the meaning of this revered rite of passage [...]

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A Handbook for the Jewish Home

by Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch In A Handbook for the Jewish Home, Rabbi Kolatch provides us with a practical guide that explains precisely and concisely how to conduct ourselves both in our homes and when interacting with the Jewish community at large. Without underestimating the reader’s intelligence or overestimating his or her Jewish knowledge, the [...]

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The World is a Narrow Bridge

by Artist Gad Almaliah Rabbi Nachman’s guidance for life is well known and has become a popular Hassidic song. ‘The entire world is a very narrow bridge, the essential thing is to have no fear at all.’Wonderful gift for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, graduation, etc.Superior Hebrew and English calligraphy are woven together and adorn a hand embossed [...]

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Discovering Jewish Music

with an accompanying audio CD.by Marsha Bryan Edelman Most of us have experienced ‘Jewish music,’ whether it’s through synagogue attendance, a bar mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or the playing of ‘Hava Nagila’ at a baseball game. The many different kinds of Jewish music are reflected by the multitude of Jewish communities throughout the world, [...]

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Noah’s Ark Tzedakah Box

Seeka A colorful box involving an intricate cutting and assembling process to create a decorative model of the Ark. Playfully depicted giraffes, butterflies and parrots peek through portholes while an abundance of beads and colored stones fleck the sides representing the storming waves. At the center the Hebrew word “Tzedakah”, at the stern the dove [...]

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Live! 13th Annual

Klezmer Conservatory Band If a band can have a Bar Mitzvah then this live recording captures the klezmer Conservatory Band at its own simcha, as they play lively versions of several dance numbers and also present 2nd Avenue classics and fox trots.

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Discovering Jewish Music Book & CD

Marsha Bryan Edelman Publisher: JPS Jewish music from the Bible to the present, with musical illustrations and an audio CD Most of us have experienced “Jewish music,” whether it’s through synagogue attendance, a Bar Mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or the playing of “Hava Nagila” at a baseball game. The many different kinds of Jewish [...]

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

Rabbi Goldie Milgram Publisher: Jossey-Bass 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 [...]

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The Everything Judaism Book: A Complete Primer to the Jewish Faith-From Holidays and Rituals to Traditions and Culture

Richard D. Bank Publisher: Adams Media Corporation Table of Contents - Introduction Chapter 1: What Is Judaism? Chapter 2: The Branches of Judaism Chapter 3: Spirituality in Judaism Chapter 4: The Languages of Judaism Chapter 5: Judaism’s Holy Texts Chapter 6: Living in Accordance with the Law Chapter 7: The Place of Prayer in Judaism [...]

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Discovering Jewish Music

Marsha Bryan Edelman Publisher: JPS Most of us have experienced “Jewish music,” whether it’s through synagogue attendance, a bar mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or the playing of “Hava Nagila” at a baseball game. The many different kinds of Jewish music are reflected by the multitude of Jewish communities throughout the world, each having its [...]

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Discovering Jewish Music

Marsha Bryan Edelman Publisher: JPS Most of us have experienced “Jewish music,” whether it’s through synagogue attendance, a Bar Mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or the playing of “Hava Nagila” at a baseball game. The many different kinds of Jewish music are reflected by the multitude of Jewish communities throughout the world, each having its [...]

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