Bat and Bar mitzvahs becoming more about celebration and less about ritual

Bat and Bar mitzvahs becoming more about celebration and less about ritual
Bat and Bar mitzvahs becoming more about celebration and less about ritual

Bat and Bar mitzvahs becoming more about celebration and less about ritual

Bar and bat mitzvahs are a rite of passage for Jewish adolescents, and in recent years the celebration has sometimes overshadowed the religious ritual. A new nationwide program is trying to re-shape these coming of age ceremonies and a Chicago-area synagogue is taking the lead. WBEZ contributor Monique Parsons reports. Photo: Flickr/AudreyH