Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age Exhibit

February 15, 2014 0

on display in Temple Emanuel’s Casty Gallery
February 12 – March 28, 2014.



On Saturday morning, March 18, 1922 – two years after American women received the right to vote – Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordechai M. Kaplan, became the first American girl to mark her bat mitzvah during a public worship service. In the decades that followed, many other girls and women became “first” in their communities, helping to reshape American Judaism. Learn how Bat Mitzvah evolved from a radical innovation into a nearly universal American tradition. This exhibit explores the fascinating story of how individuals shape and change ritual. Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age offers a unique lens into the dynamism of Jewish life. This is a touring exhibition presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History and Moving Traditions.


Additional programs at Temple Emanuel in conjunction with this exhibit include:
February-March  Sisterhood Museum – Display of Temple Emanuel B’not Mitzvah memorabilia 
March 2      Rosh Hodesh Across Boston – a regional gathering for girls grades 6-8
and their parents
March 14   Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner and Exhibit visit
March 23    Book conversation and presentation on Today I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World by editors Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

This exhibit and related programming are sponsored by Sisterhood Temple Emanuel
Learn more about this exhibit at


Event Location: Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St, Newton, Massachusetts, 02459

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Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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