Turn of the Century Bar Mitzvah

Turn of the Century Bar Mitzvah
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Annie Polland

VP of Education | The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The American bar mitzvah has been through many transformations; from simple bar mitzvah speeches in early 20th century tenements to the lavish celebrations of the present. Using photographs, videos, and vintage... See more

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Bar Mitzvahs Get New Look to Build Faith

LOS ANGELES - The American bar mitzvah, facing derision for Las Vegas style excess, is about to get a full makeover, but for an entirely different reason. Families have been treating this rite of passage not as an entry to Jewish life, but as a graduation ceremony: turn 13, read from the Torah, have a party and it's over.

B'nai Mitzvah Revolution - The next transformation in congregational education.

The next transformation in congregational education.

Tenement Museum | Virtual Tour

Harris and three workers transformed the apartment's front room into a small-scale factory. In the far corner, the baster and sewing machine operator stitched and sewed dresses. Nearby, the finisher trimmed loose threads and applied decorative trim to the garments.

Annie  Polland, 

VP of Education | The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Dr. Annie Polland is the Vice President for Programs & Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversees exhibits and interpretation. She is the co-author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. She received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, and also served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (Yale University). She also teaches at New York University.