Need a quickie Bat Mitzvah
January 4, 2010 9:49 AM Subscribe
I need suggestions on having a Bat-Mitzvah for my kid with the least amount of religion and religious school possible.
posted by teg4rvn to religion & philosophy (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We're atheists who were brought up as Jews. We do enjoy the culture, so-to-speak, but the thought of going down the religious school route with my kids makes me very uncomfortable. With that said, my 10-year-old daughter is interested in getting Bat-Mitzvahed and based upon her interest (she went to a Jewish preschool that started the whole ball rolling) we enrolled her in religious school which she goes to once weekly, misses often, and doesn't put in the "work" . Frankly, her buds from school go and she like to hang with them. The religious school has already noted her frequent absences and has offered extra instruction. We really need to fess up about our (the parents) expectations. We are comfortable with no Bat Mitzvah, but the grandparents are freaking out saying one must be done. They're atheists, too (he-he), but have that strong cultural need for the ceremony (If you're Jewish...you understand).
Is there anyway to do a BatMitzvah Lite? Something that doesn't require a Haftorah reading? We the parents would love to go to Israel for a memorable vacation, stop by the Western Wall, chant a couple of words and say she got the Bat Mitzvah done. Possible?