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Bat Mitzvah Exhibit Comes To NYC

Bat Mitzvah Exhibit Comes To NYC

If you live in the tri-state area there is a special exhibit coming to New York City that we think you should know about.

Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age is a collaboration between the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and Moving Traditions. It will run March 6, 2012 – April 27, 2012 at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the JCC in Manhattan.

The exhibition will include oral history recordings of Bat Mitzvah stories from around the country and across Jewish movements, a timeline of relevant historical milestones and an interactive component in which visitors can share their coming-of-age story and photos.

Judith Ginsberg & Adele Wall Ginsberg, Larchmont, NY September 19, 1959
Courtesy of Judith Ginsberg

This special program is to mark the 90th anniversary of Judith Kaplan’s Bat Mitzvah. It is a traveling exhibition featuring the remarkable story of how, in less than a century, individual girls, their parents and their Rabbis challenged and changed the practice that we write about here on Mitzvah Market! 

Amy Memis, Binghamton, NY 1979
Courtesy Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will feature a series of programs the last two Sundays in March, including on March 25th a presentation by actress Mayim Bialik and a panel discussion on coming of age in America, featuring leading scholars on Jewish ritual and rites of passage.

On both Sundays, the Museum will host “Collect-o-Rama,” in which visitors will explore and share Bat Mitzvah stories through personal artifacts or photographs, and have their objects considered for the Museum’s collection.

The exhibition will also include narratives and artifacts from everyday trendsetters to prominent women, such as Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

For information, contact 646-505-5700 or visit To inquire about bringing the exhibition to your community or JCC, please contact Jennifer Groen, Director of Education and Program at Moving Traditions at 215-887-4511, x103.


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