He'd come to your child's bar mitzvah, but his interest in synagogues seemed anthropological.
On her bar mitzvah year: “I had the busiest social calendar in New York”
The story undermined my entire Hebrew-school education and sucked all the pleasure out of my bar mitzvah.
1861, in Judaism, "male person who has completed his 13th year and thus reached the age of religious responsibility," from Hebrew, literally "son of command." As a name for the ceremony itself, by 1941.