Episode 1 – At Thirteen

Host Sara Ivry begins her exploration of the developmental and social realities of today’s b’nai mitzvah students through the eyes of parents, psychologists, experts, journalists, and rabbis...

For parents who want to think differently about b’nai mitzvah.

The folks from Moving Traditions bring you @13, a six-episode podcast series that is pitch-perfect for parents and preteens going through the sometimes confusing, likely emotional, and certainly triumphant process of planning and becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah.

In episode one, “At Thirteen” host Sara Ivry (Vox Tablet) speaks with rabbis, authors, psychologists, parents, and teens about the ancient roots and modern realities of this Jewish rite of passage and we consider how to infuse meaning and connection into the process of becoming and parenting a teen.


Michele Siegel (Slate, New York Times/WBUR, WNYC)

Episode one featured voices:

Peggy Orenstein

Author of three New York Times bestsellers, including the critically-acclaimed Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Orenstein is one of the leading experts on the lives of adolescent girls.

Rabbi Sharon Brous

A leading religious voice on issues of social justice, Rabbi Brous blessed President Obama at the Inaugural Prayer Service, spoke at the Women’s March in Washington D.C., and was named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as the most influential rabbi in America.

Deborah Meyer

Chief Executive Officer of Moving Traditions, Deborah has years of experience building non-profits, primarily women’s and Jewish organizations. Deborah holds an M.A. in Communication from Emerson College.