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<P>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.</P>
<P>In Subotica [Serbia] in 1941, my sister Ruža had her bat mitzvah, along with 14 other girls. The bat mitzvah was celebrated on the day of the festival of Shavuot. All 15 girls wore white dresses and white gloves and each held one white rose.... After the benediction they each received a book of prayers to remember the day.... Then the war broke out. My sister took that book of prayers with her to forced labor and managed to bring it back home. I hope she has it still. She lives in Subotica and I live in Israel. </P>
<P>Acknowledgements<BR>Preface – Shulamit Reinharz<BR>Introduction – Barbara Vinick<BR>1: Africa<BR>2: Asia<BR>3: Australia and New Zealand<BR>4: Caribbean<BR>5: Europe<BR>6: Former Soviet Union, Former Yugoslavia, and Eastern Europe<BR>7: Latin America<BR>8: Middle East and North Africa<BR>9: North America<BR>Glossary<BR>For Further Reading</P>



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Published 07 November 2011
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