Chinese Orphan’s Journey to Jewish Rite of Passage – Andy Newman

From the New York Times:

08Batmizvah-600Fu Qian, renamed Cecelia Nealon-Shapiro at 3 months, was one of the first Chinese children ” most of them girls ” taken in by American families after China opened its doors to international adoption in the early 1990s. Now, at 13, she is one of the first to complete the rite of passage into Jewish womanhood known as bat mitzvah.

She will not be the last. Across the country, many Jewish girls like her will be studying their Torah portions, struggling to master the plaintive singsong of Hebrew liturgy and trying to decide whether to wear Ann Taylor or a traditional Chinese outfit to the after-party. [Full text]

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