When a Jewish girl becomes a teenager, she becomes a Bat Mitzvah. This symbolizes the child’s coming of age and the beginning of life as a fully participating Jewish adult. She will now accept religious responsibilities and can perform the important duties of Jewish life.
On the day of the Bat Mitzvah, the teenager must lead the congregation in service and read from the Torah. This brings an amazing wave of emotion to parents and friends, and though I have been photographing these milestones for over 25 years, I always try to bring something new and fresh to the images.