Alternative Bar Mitzvah?
March 11, 2014 9:52 AM Subscribe
Kid BlahLaLa's getting to be around bar mitzvah age and I want to know what alternative, newfangled options there are out there. Is there any kind of modern bar mitzvah movement happening? Alternative bar mitzvahs? Hipster bar mitzvahs?
We're culturally Jewish but aren't affiliated with any temple. I'm not looking for temples that allow non-members to participate in their regular prep programs. I'm looking for something…different. Does that exist? (We're in Los Angeles, but I'm open to any suggestions.)
I guess what I'm looking for is the opportunity for him to learn a bit of Hebrew, participate in a process, gain a basic understanding of the religion and culture, and have a sense of achievement/"coming of age."
What I don't want: the whole, big temple rigamarole; a massive expense; the "typical" modern bar mitzvah party costing a bundle and designed to impress. I don't want to be pressured to join a temple or attend services regularly. I don't want to be shamed for not having attended services, or not sending my kid to Saturday School.
I hope this doesn't sound offensive -- I'm trying to find the middle ground where I/we can hang on to the bits of Jewish religion/culture that I enjoy and respect, while avoiding the parts I don't want to be caught up in.