Rachel Geizhals

Tradition: Annette Kirschner puts the finishing touches on a wimpel. The design in the foreground was inspired by a stained-glass window at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The Rise of the Wimpel

Jake Steirn’s bar mitzvah will take place in 2011, and his mother, Dawn, is thinking about the synagogue service, the trip to Israel and the wimpel.