While I was an Associate Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, I worked on a long-term documentary project documenting religious diversity in Mississippi. I continue to be passionate about documenting the amazing religious pluralism evident in this country. Near the end of October, I finally had the chance to photograph my first bat mitzvah--Sara's Bat Mitzvah celebration. The rehearsal and religious ceremony took place at Bet Haverim. Rabbi Josh Lesser, along with Sara's grandparents, who are both cantors, helped Sara prepare for the day when she would accept the responsibility for following the mitzvot, the commandments.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the rehearsal: