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Rites of Passage

Marriages, births, bar mitzvahs, and birthdays all marked passages and milestones in Jewish life.

Image of Larry Katkowsky's Pidyon Haben Courtesy Gerald Cook Larry Katkowsky's Pidyon Haben, a ceremony observed by some Jews for the first-born male.
Larry Katkowsky's Pidyon Haben
Courtesy Gerald Cook
 
Image of Sylvia Feldman and Julius Pollock Wedding Image of Graduation Day for Harry Klein
Sylvia Feldman and Julius Pollock Wedding
Courtesy Gerald and Barbara Cook
Graduation Day for Harry Klein
Courtesy Julie (Klein) and Mark Teicher
Image of Karen Rosen's Seventh Birthday Party in Muskegon Image of Bar Mitzvah day for Harry Klein
Karen Rosen's Seventh Birthday Party in Muskegon
Courtesy Dennis S. Devlin; Muskegon County Museum
Bar Mitzvah day for Harry Klein
Courtesy Julie (Klein) and Mark Teicher
Image of Galinsky-Kraps Wedding A. Albert Galinsky - Rose Kraps wedding at the Detroit Leland Hotel, July 4, 1935
Galinsky-Kraps Wedding
Courtesy Steve Weiland
 

Image of Helen Lee Weingarten

Helen Lee Weingarten's Baby Naming Ceremony in Lansing in 1941 included this blessing:

May she live to be a blessing to her parents, to Israel and to mankind. Shelter her, O God, against every evil and keep her free from every danger.

Helen Lee Weingarten
Courtesy Lee W. Goldsmith