Why did you create a site only for girls?

MyBatMitzvahStory.org is a project of the Jewish Women’s Archive, whose mission is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women. MyBatMitzvahStory.org was created to provide young women with information about Jewish women role models and a forum to express themselves and their Jewish identities creatively. Though we believe that girls AND boys, women and men, need to know the history of Jewish women, we have started by focusing on bat mitzvah.

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Who created MyBatMitzvahStory?

MyBatMitzvahStory.org is a project of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), funded in part by the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund and the Polinger Family Foundation.

A national non-profit organization founded in 1995, the Jewish Women's Archive 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 all be accessed for free by anyone with an Internet connection. Our 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.

If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish Women’s Archive, please click here. To make a donation and support the important work of JWA, click .

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Are there any resources that can be used for boys or in mixed gender settings like a classroom or congregation?

On the Educators/Clergy page, we have posted four detailed activity guides that help adults share information and resources from MyBatMitzvahStory.org with b’nai mitzvah students in off-line settings. There are also many other useful resources relating to identity, ritual, and Jewish women’s history available on the Jewish Women’s Archive website. 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.

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What is the age range for this site?

MyBatMitzvahStory.org is designed for girls between the ages of 11 and 13 years, the timeframe during which one traditionally becomes a bat mitzvah. However, many women celebrate their bat mitzvah as older teens or adults. Anyone is welcome to sign up for an account.,/p>

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Can I share my page/project?

MyBatMitzvahStory.org is a site for girls to engage with their own personal histories and interests. For more information about why accounts are kept private and how the Jewish Women’s Archive protects a child’s personal information, please read the Privacy Policy.

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Can I use the site after my bat mitzvah is over?

Absolutely. The features on MyBatMitzvahStory.org provide girls with many opportunities to explore the meaning of this important life cycle event at their own pace and in their own way. Just because you have had a bat mitzvah celebration or completed a service project or class doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring your history and imagining the future. The site also offers useful tools for post-bat mitzvah reflection.

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Can I use this site even if I’m not planning to have a traditional bat mitzvah?

Yes! MyBatMitzvahStory.org is a place where any girl can celebrate her bat mitzvah in her own way. In Judaism, a bat mitzvah marks a time when a girl starts taking on more adult responsibilities and exploring her identity as a Jew and a woman within her community. While many girls celebrate their bat mitzvah at a synagogue or by having a party, others do not. Some families choose to mark the bat mitzvah through completing service projects, taking a family trip, or creating their own alternative celebration.

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