Significance of a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for parents of Jewish children with developmental disabilities

Gila Vogel, Shunit Reiter

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    Abstract

    In the Jewish religion, a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is the rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood. Twenty-one youngsters who attended two special education schools in Israel participated in group bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies. Parents were interviewed both before the learning process and after the ceremony. Findings showed that the bar/bat mitzvah experience was a positive multidimensional one. Dimensions identified were bar/bat mitzvah as a transition, a normative, and a religious experience; an event leading to a sense of connectedness; an opportunity for the enhancement of self-image; and a peak life experience.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)294-303
    Number of pages10
    JournalMental Retardation
    Volume42
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Rehabilitation
    • Health Professions (all)

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