First Bat Mitzvah Ceremony

The first bat mitzvah ceremony was celebrated by Judith Kaplan Eisenstein, daughter of American rabbi, Mordechai Menachem Kaplan, founder of the Reconstructionist Branch of Judaism, in 1922. Judith’s ceremony was modelled after the bar mitzvah. Traditional Jewish communities do not formally celebrate bat mitzvah (“daughter of the commandments”), when Jewish girls turn twelve.

Date:
      1922
Name(s):
      Judith Kaplan Eisenstein
Occupation:
      Rabbi Daughter

Additional Information:

  • Bar and bat mitzvah – Wikipedia
    The bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is usually held on the first Shabbat after a boy’s thirteenth and a girl’s twelfth birthday (or thirteenth in Reform congregations).
  • History of Bat Mitzvah | My Jewish Learning
    In many segments of the Jewish community, girls at 12 or 13 years of age undertake exactly the same ceremony as boys. For American Jews, this process …
  • The First Bat Mitzvah | My Jewish Learning
    Judith Kaplan Eisenstein at the 70th anniversary of her bat mitzvah, in 1992. … there had been no synagogue where such a ceremony could be conducted.
  • Bar and bat mitzvah – Wikipedia
    Jump to Alternative ceremonies – The bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is usually held on the first Shabbat after a boy’s thirteenth and a girl’s twelfth birthday (or thirteenth in Reform congregations).
  • Origins of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah | ReformJudaism.org
    While the beginnings of the modern bar mitzvah ceremony appeared as early as the sixth century C.E., it was not until the Middle Ages that a fully developed …

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