Folk Judaism, Elite Judaism and the Role of the Bar Mitzvah in the Development of the Synagogue and Jewish School in America

By Stuart Schoenfeld

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), 1987

he paper deals with the relationship between bar and bat mitzvah and the formal organizations of the Jewish community. Most synagogues do not permit bar or bat mitzvah without affiliation and a specified minimum of Jewish education. The examination of the origin of these requirements, their functions and changes in them should contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between North American Jews and their community institutions.

Topic: Ritual, Youth, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Contemporary Jewry

Volume/Issue: Vol. 9/No. 1

Page Number(s): 67-85

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schoenfeld, Stuart. Folk Judaism, Elite Judaism and the Role of the Bar Mitzvah in the Development of the Synagogue and Jewish School in America. Contemporary Jewry. Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ). 1987: 67-85. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2872


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