Some 90 percent of Israeli boys celebrating their bar mitzvah will have a traditional ceremony, a poll found.
Traditional ceremony in the Ynet-Gesher poll meant the bar mitzvah would read from the Torah and put on tefillin.
Seventy-nine percent of secular parents interviewed said they would have the traditional rite, compared to 100 percent of those who identified as religiously observant.
Sixty-five percent of respondents overall would hold the ceremony at an Orthodox synagogue and 26 percent at the Western Wall.
The poll interviewed 500 Hebrew-speaking, Jewish respondents.
When questioned about a bat mitzvah, 33 percent of the respondents said some sort of spiritual context should be included, while 28 percent said they would hold a party in a social hall. Thirty percent said “there is no need to make a big deal of it.”
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