April 12, 2011

6 ways you can help your daughter prepare in a meaningful way for her bat mitzvah

So is it about the “Bar” or about the “Mitzvah”?  At times, it is hard to tell!  If you’re looking for your daughters Bat Mitzvah year to be a meaningful one, if you want her to actually grow from it as a Jewess, then read on to find 6 ways you can help your daughter prepare meaningfully for her bat mitzvah! 1. Bat Mitzvah preparation course – Attend a bat […]
April 12, 2011

Bat Mitzvah coming up? 14 Bat Mitzvah Tips to kick start your planning!

If you’ve never had to plan a Bat Mitzvah before, the process may seem scary and overwhelming!  If you type keywords like “Bat Mitzvah planning” into an internet search engine, you will find many, many links to vendor sites, large portals, forums etc….but you’re not ready for that yet!   Well, the good news is you have come to the right place to focus yourself to start your Bat Mitzvah planning.  […]
April 12, 2011

Bat Mitzvah 101

What is a Bat Mitzvah A Bat Mitzvah is one of the most important landmark occasions in the life of a Jewish girl. At the age of 12, the bat mitzvah girl enters the world of Jewish adulthood; she now assumes responsibility for herself as a member of the Jewish community. The word “bat” is the Hebrew word for “daughter of”, the word “Mitzvah” means “commandment”.  According to Jewish law, […]
April 11, 2011

Personalized Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mizvah Speech

The dreaded Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah speech? Maybe not! If you’re planning a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah that means that some time soon your child and maybe even you or your spouse will need to give a speech. If the thought of writing and delivering a speech makes you panic, you’re not alone!  More and more people are turning to professional speech writers to relieve them of […]
April 11, 2011

Bar Mitzvah Mom becomes Israel Party Planner!

Shari Alter and her oncologist husband Robert have five kids and live in Englewood. You would think that would keep her busy with no time for so much as a bubble bath or an “Oprah” break, since everyone knows that five kids means lots of car pooling, hockey and assorted craziness. So multi- tasking, including checking the dinner in the ovens while being interviewed, is par for the course. But […]
April 11, 2011

You Tube’s Best Bar Mitzvah Speech – NOT!

For some reason, at the time that I wrote this, this Bar Mitzvah Speech video was nearing 170 000 hits. As a speech writer I am both saddened and outraged to hear this Bar Mitzvah boy talk. However, I do not blame the Bar Mitzvah boy himself, for the feelings that he has which are totally legitimate! Every person, every Jew, is entitled to question and to search for answers. […]
April 11, 2011

Making it extra meaningful: Second Bar/Bat Mitzvah

It has become an increasingly common practice for adult men and women to celebrate an ‘adult” or a “second” Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Many post- bar mitzvah cash-strapped parents would roll their eyes at the very thought of “going through all of that again”, however there is a very good reason to celebrate a Second Bar Mitzvah in one’s golden years. Why you celebrate an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah? […]
April 11, 2011

The very best Bar Mitzvah checklist!

The preparations for your son’s Bar Mitzvah can be overwhelming!  If you are three years before the Bar Mitzvah – or even three weeks before – you want a comprehensive “checklist” to help you move towards your big day!  Grab our ultimate (yet free) Bar Mitzvah planning guide! (You really want to check it out – Judaica stores would put a price tag on this type of thing.)
April 11, 2011

Tips to help you choose a photographer for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

When the big day has been and gone, your printed images are the only tangible reminder of your event, and therefore, out of all the service providers that you will choose, your bar or bat mitzvah photographer is arguably the most important and deserves a lot of thought! Rebecca Kowalsky is a photographer who is based in Israel, and works both there and abroad.  When I asked her what tips […]
April 11, 2011

It’s all about the Party Favors!

Many people chose to leave their guests Party Favors: a parting gift or souvenir from their Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah celebration. This serves as a token of thanks for participating in the event and helping to make it so special, and also serves as a reminder of the special occasion. Here are a few ideas of original and meaningful gifts you can leave for you visitors: “Images Through Time” […]