Milestone Birthdays

Birthday cake and presents are fun, but ritual adds meaning and depth to milestone birthday celebrations as we express gratitude and blessings for another year lived.
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Turning 80

By Judith Ruskay Rabinor
A ceremony planned by a daughter for family and friends to celebrate her mother's 80th birthday   more

Becoming a Crone

A Simchat Chochma (Joy of Wisdom Ceremony) for a 60th birthday. Elements include the donning of a shroud, making vows, and taking a new name.   more
Complete Ceremony

Croning Ritual

By Ann Metlay
A ceremony for a woman to celebrate her 50th birthday in the context of her Rosh Hodesh group   more
Complete Ceremony

At 33, While Buying Bathing Suits

By Adrienne Ross
A poem in which a daughter reflects on her mother's and her mother's friends' comfort in their aging bodies in contrast to her own struggle to accept herself   more