When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult.
The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration.
In 1993, John and I actually wrote an article for Dovetail Magazine about our unusual marriage (practicing Jew married to Christian clergy).
In my third year of graduate school, I married John. As I struggled through graduate school, I staved off depression by learning a lot about Judaism, celebrating an adult bat mitzvah and eventually joining Havurat Shalom, a congregation in which the members share the role of spiritual leader. (In the 1970s and 1980s and even the 1990s, there were still expectations that the pastor's wife would attend church occasionally and be sociable with the congregation, and my Jewishness hurt John's career.) I sometimes fantasized about becoming a rabbi. To my surprise, he was quite chivalrous about the incident, and thus began the relationship between John, a student at a Protestant seminary, and me, an indifferent Jew. On my first day of graduate school, back in 1977, I accidentally spilled my ice cream cone on the gentleman sitting next to me at the counter.In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple."A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people.Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study.