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Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah: What to Expect

Recommended for ages 9+

Attending a Bar Mitzvah? How about a Bat Mitzvah?

Understand the answers to the top questions people have from what should you wear, to when you should arrive to what to expect at the service and of course what kind of gift people generally give.

The videos in the Lifecycles Series were made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of their Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. Based in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports groups like G‑dcast that contribute to a thriving community enhancing the quality of life for all.

Koret Foundation

Written by Sarah Lefton, Matthue Roth and Jeremy Shuback

Storyboards and Character Illustrations by Jeanne Stern

Executive Producer was Sarah Lefton

Animation by Will Wivell

Background Illustrations by Tammy Chang

Music by Ben Bromfield

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Produced, Directed, Narrated and Sound Edited by Jeremy Shuback

Audience Development and Partnership Coordination by Lisa Finkelstein

Key Script Advisors Judith Rosenbaum with Jewish Women’s Archive and Lisa Langer with the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution a Joint Reform Movement Project of Hebrew Union College (HUC) and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Thanks to the rest of the G‑dcast Team, Koret Foundation leaders, and Distribution Partner organizations for their pluralistic guidance and general expertise on Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah.

  • Howard Blas with Camp Ramah of New England part of the National Ramah Commission of The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Deborah Kolben with 70 Faces Media including MyJewishLearning.com and Kveller
  • Lindsey Silken and Rabbi Mychal Copeland with InterfaithFamily
  • Rabbi Kerry Olitzky of Big Tent Judaism (formerly Jewish Outreach Institute)

  • Rabbi Roni Handler with RitualWell a project of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC)
  • Rabbi Sari R. Laufer with Congregation Rodeph Sholom of New York, NY affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
  • Barbara Barza and Oren Stevens with G‑dcast
  • Danielle Foreman with the Koret Foundation


There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and this animated short (Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah: What to Expect) answers only some of the questions people have and explores the array of choices people make in interpreting different types of Jewish rituals today.

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