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March 20, 2014 - Image 89

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-03-20

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Now Offering Party and Bat Mitzvah Dresses

a December 2013 bar mitzvah
for her own son, she now spoke
through the lens of her personal
experience.
"When you get that invita-
tion in the mail, find the family
calendar. As soon as you know
that date is clear, you respond
'yes' and put the response card
in the mail, or email your reply,"
she instructed the students, seated
around a dance floor where they
would soon show off their best
moves. "Your friend really wants
you to come to their bar mitzvah,
and the parents really have to
know how much food to get —
and how many napkins to order
from the caterer."

I must offer you full disclo-
sure here: In addition to being a
writer, I am also the sixth-grade
Hebrew school teacher at Adat
Shalom. Throughout the year, I've
watched my students mature from
an energetic bunch of little kids
into inquisitive, emerging young
adults who demonstrate that they
are prepared to do the work and
studying required to become a bar
or bat mitzvah.
As their teacher, I get an inside
track on the mindset of the pre-
b'nai mitzvah scene. At the start
of class, a student will enthu-
siastically share the news with
me that they received their bar/

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