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In March 2006 we asked our readers to share their ideas on ways to include a child’s interfaith heritage and non-Jewish relatives at his or her bar or bat mitzvah. We want to thank everyone who took the time to offer their suggestions.

We would like to thank the following contributors (authors whose work originally appeared in another source include the name of the original publication):

Rabbi Lev Baesh

Helen Mintz Belitsky

Michael Boekstal

Ronnie Caplane (Jewish Bulletin of Northern California)

Debra Nussbaum Cohen (The (New York) Jewish Week)

Steve Cohen

Cheryl F. Coon

Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

Deborah Freeman

Johanna Ginsberg (New Jersey Jewish News)

Donna Hall

Jewish Outreach Institute

Kathy Miller

Rabbi Daniel Liben

Martha Little

Karin Mahony

Kathy Miller

Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff

Rabbi Barbara Penzer

Sue Repko

Pam Saeks

Sheryl Santiago

Rabbi Peter Schweitzer

Judith Seid

Daniel Siegel

Debi Tenner

Paula Yablonsky

We would also like to thank the following contributors to, whose wisdom and information helped us prepare this packet:

Michele Alperin

Naomi Eisenberger

Rabbi Michael Gold

Rabbi Daniel Kohn

Paula Levenson

Hayyim Schauss


The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families is also available as a PDF document.

Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.

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