October 31, 2011

BATmom and “home leadership”

I read two thought provoking blog posts this morning.  In a seemingly random way, they both deal with the same idea from totally different perspectives.  This idea is leadership. Geoffrey Webbis a blogger and business consultant. I am not sure if he would like that introduction, so feel free to read about him here.   In his latest post, he reveals three characteristics of a leader of people 1. Stand Up. […]
October 24, 2011

A brief and tentative itinerary

It’s been a while since I, BATmom, the Surprising Superhero have had a moment to visit my blog to post my rantings.  Instead, I have gone through the past month of Chagim, post chagim and more chagim with the above rantings circulating my head, desperately pleading to get out!  Well, here I am, finally putting some of my thoughts down – the rest will have to stay put until the […]
October 6, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s

Too often Bar and Bat Mitzvah parents get their proverbial knickers in a knot over details like the hall, the catering, the DJ, the invitations, the theme and the fashion.  There is certainly a time and place for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah party – but is this really what a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is all about? Do we want to give our children the message that being Bnei […]
September 27, 2011

A guide to Jewish wedding dancing!

The Jewish wedding is a real Simcha – a joyful occasion – and it is even considered a mitzvah for the guests to add even more joy to the happiness of the bride and groom on their wedding day.  Since the earliest of times, the Jewish people have celebrated special moments in song and dance, and Jewish weddings are no exception. Jewish Circle Dancing and the Hora No Jewish wedding […]
September 20, 2011

Fashion week, judgement and Bat Mitzvah speeches

  If this Bat Mitzvah speech makes you see red – and I am not referring to the color of “Hannah”‘s hair – you can take a few breaths and calm down – this is not a real Bat Mitzvah speech practice – it is a parody!  It is actually a comic piece by writer Bob Morris, a style writer and author, frequent contributor to The New York Times. Hannah […]
September 8, 2011

Lyrics to Dip Your Apple- The Ein Prat Fountainheads

  New school year, new Jewish year, new beginnings, new hopes, new starts, new chances!  How wonderful that we have the chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.  To my husband, children, family and friends-  may your new beginnings open the doors to the richest blessings! Enjoy the Fountain Heads, lyrics below: From Batmom, the surprising Superhero!           Tekia, shevarim, terua x2  (sounds of […]
September 6, 2011

Making your gifts meaningful

If you’re looking to give a meaningful Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift or even to give a special supplement a regular Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift this is a fantastic opportunity.  Equally, Bar or Bat Mitzvah kids may be looking to donate part of their “earnings” to a good cause, or to raise funds for a worthy charity as part of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah project. Read on to find out […]
August 24, 2011

One of my favorite Bar/Bat Mitzvah speech quotations

I’m about to share with you one of my speechwriters tricks that I keep up my sleeve.  It is one of my favorite quotations, and it is great to use in Bar or Bat Mitzvah speeches. Just a few words of introduction: The author of this quotation is Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens).  You could say that he is America’s greatest author and humorist.  In 1898, he wrote an […]
August 11, 2011

Baggage!

So here I am, running two busy businesses and being a full time mom in the crazy month of August.  On top of that, I have two trips coming up that are tipping my scales of sanity into the murky area where us moms would rather not go…the Valleys of Out Of Control, and the Lakes of Get Me Outta Here! You may say: “Two trips?! Batmom, you haven’t been […]
August 11, 2011

Mitzvah Costs: The Complete List

When you begin to plan your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration, it’s helpful to sit down and come up with a budget. That usually begins with a list of the various vendors you will need to make your child’s celebration special. Your initial list is something similar to the below: Catering Hall/Venue,
Kiddush,
Yarmulkes, Invitations, DJ,
Photo Favors,
Photographer and Videographer, Centerpieces/Décor,
Sign-in Board,
Favors,
Clothes for Family,
Hair/Make-Up But what about all the other hidden costs […]