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Today I Am a Woman (Excerpt)

Today I Am a Woman (Excerpt)

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The introduction from Barbara Vinick's and Shulamit Reinharz's book Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah around the World.
The introduction from Barbara Vinick's and Shulamit Reinharz's book Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah around the World.

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Published by: Indiana University Press on Oct 26, 2011
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Contents
ix Preface \ Shulamit Reinharzxiii Acknowledgments
1
Introduction \ Barbara Vinick 
10
 Africa
27
 Asia
53
 Australia and New Zealand
63
Caribbean
80
Europe
137
Former Soviet Union, Former Yugoslavia, and EasternEurope
175
Latin America
217
Middle East and North Africa
248
North America
273 Glossary 279 Further Reading
 
Introduction 
Barbara Vinick 
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hen I was hireen, in 1956, he bys in my Hebrew schl classa ur Cnservaive emple in Massachuses were he sars   bar mizvah ceremnies. Tey me wih he canr, wh prepared hem read heir haara and give a speech. Te brigh nes read rm he -rah as well, and led he service. Girls in he class did n d hese hings.Tere were n b’n mizvah.  ell he ruh, shy and sel-cnscius, Iel relieved ha I didn’ have  “perrm” and be he cener  aenin. Alhugh I can’ recall discussing i, I’m sure ha n everyne shared my relie. Oher girls mus have el le u and verlked, having  wair cnfrmain, a graduain ceremny he nex year ha k he place b’n mizvah r girls.A ur emple, ba mizvah celebrains did n sar unil he lae 1960s.Te canr rm my childhd years, nw deceased, recalled a sruggle wih he riual cmmiee, which fnally acquiesced when is members were reminded ha he her Cnservaive emple in wn had already given girls he ppruniy  paricipae in b’n mizvah.One  he frs ba mizvah girls was Cindy Frisch. Her mher, Shirley,remembers ha he ceremny was sricly circumscribed: nly n Friday nigh; nly a prayer service llwed by an added-n haara reading; nly 

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