Carole Balin

chair of the Jewish Women’s Archive Board and professor emerita of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College

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This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Jewish American girls earning the right to celebrate their adulthood through a bat mitzvah.

Century of bat mitzvahs: Ceremony for girls paved way for 1st female rabbi

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Jewish American girls earning the right to celebrate their adulthood through a bat mitzvah.

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