Today I Am a Woman
Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World
Recollections of the first bat mitzvah at the only synagogue in Indonesia, a poignant bat mitzvah memory of World War II Italy, and an American bat mitzvah shared with girls in a Ukrainian orphanage--these are a few of the resonant testimonies about the transition from Jewish girl to Jewish woman collected in Today I Am a Woman. Introduced by brief biographical notes and descriptions of Jewish communities around the world, these stories reveal how Judaism defines this important rite of passage in a girl's life in widely disparate settings. The contributions are from bat mitzvah girls of the past and present, their parents, communities, and religious leaders. Including evocative family photos--some recent, some from decades past--this rich compilation is an ideal gift for bat mitzvah celebrants, their families, and friends.
Indiana University Press, 9780253356932, 296pp.
Publication Date: November 7, 2011