Barbara Vinick -- Today I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World -- Gables
Jan 24 2013 8:00 pm
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: Stories of
Bat Mitzvah Around the World (Indiana University Press,
$29.95) by Barbara Vinick.
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.