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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.

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


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