Bat Mitzvah Portraits: Samantha

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There are many milestones in a young person’s life, the culmination of which is the transition into adulthood. While the recognition of this varies among countries, cultures and religions, the Jewish faith acknowledges adulthood at the age of 12 for girls and 13 for boys, in a bat or bar mitzvah, respectively. It is a time of much celebration but also of accepting more responsibility and privileges. The ceremony itself traditionally includes a reading from the Torah and the bat or bar mitzvah may conduct the majority of the service or sermon. Without a doubt, it wouldn’t surprise anyone that this momentous occasion is marked by a team of butterflies in stomaches and a bit of frazzled nerves! Conducted at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, Samantha completed her service with grace, poise and confidence as these beautiful portraits demonstrate.

A mother puts the finishing touches on her daughter’s hair prior to her Bat Mitzvah portraits.
A quiet and contemplative moment between mother and daughter as they hold each others hands before her Bat Mitzvah.
A smiling young woman reads from the Torah, her parents standing beside her, on the day of her Bat Mitzvah.

A portrait of a young Jewish woman on the day of her Bat Mitzvah.
Portrait of a newly Bat Mitzvahed woman, smiling slightly, with the glowing stained glass of her synagogue behind her.

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