The Bar or Bat Mitzvah: An Entertainment Guide
Jewish children have a bar (or bat for a girl) mitzvah at the age of 13 (or 12 for some girls). The religious ceremony is a "coming of age" ritual and traditionally marks the child's entrance into the Jewish community. After the bar/bat mitzvah the child is responsible for keeping (or not) all the rules of Judaism. Although there's no religious reason for the party, it's become a pretty big deal for most Jewish kids!