This Day in Jewish History / American teen celebrates country’s first bat mitzvah
Teen's father, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, was the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism. In the Conservative and Reform movements, bat mitzvahs did not become the norm until 1960s and later.
On March 18, 1922, Judith Kaplan celebrated what is thought to have been the first bat mitzvah in the United States. It was family connections that made it possible for the event to take place: Her father, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, was the leader of the synagogue where she celebrated the rite of passage – the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, on New York’s...
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