October 8, 2015
Bereishit bar bat mitzvah parent speech - taking responsibility

Bereishit: Taking Responsibility

The first in a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion. They’re messages appropriate for any background – and appropriate to give in a speech to your young man or woman embarking on a journey through the teenage years. *** Everyone knows that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge and got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. But […]
September 11, 2014

BatMom strikes again

There are many wonderful things that could be said about Eliana: she is responsible, kind, clever, she is funny (at least she thinks she is) and she is beautiful. But most of you knew that already – tonight we will reveal a secret about Eliana that most people do not know. Remember, what happened at Tarlows, stays at Tarlows, so consider yourselves bound to secrecy from now onwards. The big […]
July 18, 2012
Bat Mitzvah Twirl

BATgirl – Wave your flag!

I started the BATmom blog almost a year ago and this year has been filled with learning, traveling and celebrating.  Our celebrations culminated in very special family Shabbat, a Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt with BATgirl’s friends, and a very small and intimate celebration with our family and friends who know and have a connection with BATgirl. At this evening BATdad and I presented to BATgirl the Bat Mitzvah Box (beautifully decorated […]
January 31, 2012

If it’s not on the map – put it there!

As part of BATgirl’s Bat Mitzvah year program, last Friday the extended BATfamily visited Machon Ayalon.  Machon Ayalon is an almost unknown site among Israeli and foreign tourists, but since our visit I have decided to make it my new mission in life to put Machaon Ayalon on the map.  This is not an easy task, as it was specifically designed to be OFF the map!  Let me explain… In […]
January 30, 2012

Bar Mitzvah- Bat Mitzvah: Why Party??

Have you ever wondered why, when it comes to our kids reaching the age of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, we celebrate as we do?  Have you ever wondered why you have spent the better part of a year fretting over whether to serve your guests fillet of beef Prince Albert or steak Diane at the dinner party?? Or perhaps you struggle between chicken a la king and coronation chicken? Do […]
January 30, 2012

BATfamily closing circles at Kotel Tunnels

After a few false starts – this week we finally commenced Batgirl’s year long Bat Mitzvah program. The truth is, I am actually happy that bad weather caused the postponement of our first scheduled outing, because this was the very best place to launch a year of Bat Mitzvah exploration. Time: 17:50pm – it’s dark and very C-O-L-D Place: Old City, Jerusalem Participants: BATgirl, and the BATfamily, grandparents and most […]
December 6, 2011

This week I was at a beautiful baby girl ceremony.

My friends Shani and Ilan wanted to celebrate the birth of their second daughter, their fourth child. This ceremony was particularly pertinent because it took place on the baby’s 31 day of life, 31 days after Ilan’s father had passed away. Yes, the beautiful blessing was born the same hour that Ilan’s father left this world. My husband and I came early, as I had a work meeting and was […]
December 1, 2011

The Bat Mitzvah Best Friend speech

It’s your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah year and the excitement is mounting. The family have been looking forward to this time for 12 years and suddenly it has arrived. You have been fantasizing about the type of celebration you would be arranging to mark your daughter’s coming of age but now that it is real the pressure is on. You slowly but surely are checking off all the boxes on your […]
November 24, 2011

A Customized Guest Book for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration

We all go through different ‘simcha’ stages in life. I remember when I was going to engagement parties every two minutes, the weddings followed, and then hopefully a Brit Milah or Simchat Bat ceremony. It now seems that I have reached the stage that many of my friends’ children – and my own children in the not too distant future – are celebrating their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. A couple […]
November 15, 2011

The all important 3 M’s of Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts

When we BM parents were growing up, a very common bar or Bat Mitzvah present was a fountain pen. Hence the joke went, when the bar mitzvah boy got up to speak to the synagogue, he would say, “Today I am a fountain pen.”  But times have changed, and perhaps the line can be adapted to read “today I am an ipod”.  Bar Mitzvah presents fall into 3 general categories […]