MyBatMitzvahStory.org provides a safe and fun online setting in which bat-mitzvah-age girls can explore and express their emerging identities as Jewish women. Girls and their families can investigate their own history together, when and where they choose.
MyBatMitzvahStory.org provides tools and templates that girls can use to gather, organize, and share material on their own personalized (but completely private) profile pages. Girls can reflect on who they are and who they might become. They will also be introduced to new role models through the stories of activists, artists, athletes, and other dynamic Jewish women making an impact today.
Reflecting the increasing diversity of the American Jewish community, MyBatMitzvahStory.org offers options for unaffiliated and interfaith families to mark a girl’s coming of age, as well as opportunities to enrich the experience of those celebrating this milestone in traditional ways. MyBatMitzvahStory.org helps girls ages 11-13 build powerful connections to their heritage and a solid foundation for their future as strong Jewish women.
MyBatMitzvahStory.org is a project of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA). A national non-profit organization founded in 1995, JWA is devoted to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and to ensure a more inclusive future. JWA has amassed the most extensive collection of material anywhere on American Jewish women, and it can be accessed for free by anyone with an Internet connection. JWA’s website is a destination for people seeking knowledge, a sense of connection and community, and a way to affirm and enhance the legacy of American Jewish women. We live on the web at jwa.org.
Click here to make a tax deductible donation to support the MyBatMitzvahStory project and other important work of the Jewish Women’s Archive.
MyBatMitzvahStory.org is funded in part by the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, and the BYFI Alumni Venture Fund.
Special thanks to the MyBatMitzvahStory Advisory Council: Rabbi Lev Ba’esh, Debby Belt, Rabbi Allison Berry, Julie Gladstone Amouyal, Alison Jaffe, Rabbi Howard Jaffe, Debbie Kardon Schwartz, Rachel Kest, Rachel King, Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman, Emily Mathis, Sandra Mayo, Rabbi Jeremy Morrison, Cantor Judith Ovadia, Barbara Schultz, Jenny Silverman, Tzivya Silverman, Cantor Sarra Spierer, and Cheryl Weiner.
Thank you also to Beth Cooper Benjamin, Rachel Brodie, Goldie Milgram, and Alyssa Wise.
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