As the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep Jewish services and life-cycle events smaller in size, many Jewish families are grappling with letting go of long-held expectations about the bar or bat mitzvah celebration they imagined for their child.

To that end, Moving Traditions has published a new guide to facilitate the transition.

From Zoom mitzvahs to car mitzvahs to other alternative formats, the organization’s staff has collected best-practice ideas from parents, clergy and Jewish educators about ways to celebrate the coming-of-age milestone in 2021.

Ideas range from having breakout discussion groups on Torah-related topics for family members of different ages to scheduling a food or dessert truck to ride around to friends and guests locally.

Acknowledging the challenges but also new opportunities, Pamela Barkley and Rabbi Daniel Brenner, the authors of the guide, write that they hope the publication “offers useful innovations and alternative approaches, and sparks your own creative ideas.”

For more information or a copy of the guide, click here.

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