Frozen in Time: The California-based photographer Kevin Friedman, second from right, at his bar mitzvah in 1980.

Beer Company’s Bar Mitvah Photo Contest

Shoulder pads, big hair, embarrassing relatives and boys in badly fitted suits… ah, the photos of bar and bat mitzvahs past. Embrace the awkwardness and celebrate your inner 13-year-old self with Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah, the Shmaltz Brewing Company’s forthcoming seasonal anniversary ale. The company, known as the maker of He’brew — The Chosen Beer, is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a photo contest and a new brew of 13 malts, 13 hops and a whopping 13% alcohol content (almost enough to make you forget how badly your voice cracked on the bimah).

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High-School Heroine: A new Israeli TV show follows a 15-year-old girl who discovers she is half-vampire, half-human.

Teen Vampire Debuts on Israeli TV

They could have called her “Batya the Vampire Slayer.”

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Going Green: Boaz Frankel took an airboat across Florida?s Lake Okeechobee.

Take the Train to the Pogo Stick...

Since April 19, 26-year-old filmmaker Boaz Frankel has been traveling across the United States, equipped with all the road-trip essentials — iPhone, camera, backpack and a list of contacts.

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Pushing The Envelope: Rabbi Avi Weiss says his new school will train Orthodox women to be ?full members of the rabbinic clergy.?

Orthodox Women To Be Trained As Clergy, If Not Yet as Rabbis

Plans for a new school to train Orthodox women as clergy are pushing the issue of the role of women in Orthodox Judaism to a new and untested frontier.

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Religious Dissent: Demonstrators at the yearly dinner of Agudath Israel, an Orthodox umbrella group, voice their anger over what they view as its weak stand against rabbinic child molesters.

Escalating Tensions, Protesters Rile Agudath Israel Over Sex-Abuse Bill

Inside the grand ballroom of the Midtown Hilton in Manhattan, Agudath Israel of America’s annual dinner was unfolding according to plan. Men and women dressed in traditional yet elegant clothes dined on salmon and listened to Senator Charles Schumer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledge their fealty.

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