Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 6, 2012


MVJF celebrates 90th anniversary of Bat Mitzvah around the World

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bat Mitzvah around the World on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover.

Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and editors of “Today, I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World” will present a special conversation based on their book.

Drawing from stories from 78 countries, Reinharz and Vinick will talk about the history of bat mitzvah, and how it is celebrated around the world. The book is a collection of personal testimonies about how young women reflect on their bat mitzvah experiences.

“Today, I am a Woman” has been nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal, an award given by the American Library Association for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.

Tickets are $13 per person and can be purchased online at or by mailing a check to MVJF, PO Box 937, Andover, MA 01810. For more information, call 978-688-0466.

West Parish supper

West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, will host a ham and bean supper on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. People are invited to “come and join us for a delicious meal that will include Carando spiral ham, navy and kidney beans, mac and cheese, cole slaw, hot dogs, bread and dessert,” according to the church. There is a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children.

‘Now is the Time’ concert, workshop

St. Augustine Church presents “Now Is The Time” with Tom Kendzia on Nov. 9 and 10.

Kendzia is a composer, arranger, producer, teacher, clinician, author and performer. He has been a professional liturgical musician for more than 30 years. He will discuss “Year of Faith,” the importance of full and active participation in and from all who have a role in liturgy.

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