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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program

A Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an incredibly special time for families to share – a significant milestone and a rite of passage.

This new program introduces children preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, together with their parents, to moving stories of what this rite of passage means to Holocaust survivors.

Together, in a three-hour session on a Sunday afternoon at the Sydney Jewish Museum, families will hear about how some survivors practiced their Judaism in hiding during the Holocaust, and how others celebrated this significant event decades after the war.

The program encourages parents and children to think about how meaningful this milestone is.

“The Bar Mitzvah I missed at 13 symbolised the Holocaust and its legacy, while my belated Bar Mitzvah at 66 symbolised my recovery from trauma and my re-entry into the communal fold.”

George Sternfeld, Holocaust child survivor

Holocaust Child Survivor George Sternfeld

Program details

Upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs:

  • Sunday 22 March 2020, 2:30pm – 5.30pm (Fully booked)
  • Sunday 2 August 2020, 2:30pm – 5.30pm
  • Sunday 8 November 2020, 2:30pm – 5.30pm

The cost is $36 per family (child and up to two adults).

For more information please contact Sharon Philippsohn at the Sydney Jewish Museum on or 9360 7999.

To book a place for your family at one of the upcoming sessions, follow the link below.

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