How did bar and bat mitzvah develop over centuries from an obscure legal ritual into a core component of Judaism? How did girls come to be included in a ceremony originally for boys only? When did rabbis and congregations begin to complain that parties had gotten too big and lavish? Michael Hilton, rabbi at Kol Chai Hatch End Jewish Community in London, discusses these and other questions from his new book “Bar Mitzvah: A History” (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Hilton will sign copies of the book following his talk.
Event Location: Hebrew College
160 Herrick Rd., Newton, Massachusetts, 02459