August 3, 2011

Raise a Glass, Break a Glass; Canopy Customs

It is natural to want your wedding to be one of the most joyous occasions in your life. You are the most excited you have ever been and you want your happiness to infect your family and friends who are celebrating with you. There is so much effort and thought being put in to the planning to insure each guest has a wonderful time at your simcha so….. Why according […]
July 28, 2011

Batmom Blog: The grinch who stole the Bat Mitzvah!

This week Bat Mitzvah Mom, Alissa, is our guest blogger. A mother and a daughter’s idea of a Bat Mitzvah seems to be two different things.  Huh?  At least in my family it is!  You see I’m a Jewish mom who used to teach 6th grade Hebrew school for goodness sake.  For years I taught with the aim to inspire Bnei Mitzvah to continue their Jewish heritage and to be […]
July 24, 2011

To Speak or not to Speak: A Wedding Question

Speeches at a wedding can be a source of entertainment and enjoyment, or they can be a source of sedation that puts your guests to sleep. Everyone wants their wedding to be a memorable occasion but not because their wedding holds the record for the most people in dinner jackets simultaneously snoring. There are loads of issues that need to be resolved when planning a wedding, for example finding the […]
July 21, 2011

My favorite photographer in London

If you live in London, England and you are looking for a fantastic photographer for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a wedding, engagement, a bris or any other family or communal function – you might as well stop your search right now.  Because I have found your girl!  Her name is Lara, her website is – and after you have taken one look at it, you will know why I am […]
July 19, 2011

Batmom Blog:The pot of gold, the rainbow path, and the Bat Mitzvah!

In a wonderful tale spun by the makers of Irish mythology, the leprechaun hides a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I don’t know how many fortune seekers set off on the rainbow path to find the treasure, but I do know that their journey must have been an interesting one. As Batmom, the surprising superhero, I have taken the liberty to briefly “borrow” the rainbow path […]
July 10, 2011

Batmom Blog: My new blog: What’s in a name?

So, here I am, a year before my eldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, and about to launch my new blog, which will chronicle this next stage in my life – Bat Mitzvah parenthood and all that it brings.  Upon contemplating my blog-to-be, I realized that like all things in life, if it doesn’t have a name, it doesn’t exist.  So I decided to challenge friends and acquaintances from a broad cross-section […]
July 10, 2011

“It’s MY wedding!” The bride, groom and their parents plan a wedding.

Mother and father of the bride – in years gone by. Years ago, the father of the bride ‘gave his daughter away’ and sent her off into the world with her new husband who was going to become the new protector and provider.   The mother of the bride took responsibility for organizing the celebration and gave her daughter an appropriate ‘send off’. The bride’s mother probably imagined the sort of […]
July 7, 2011

Your Brit Milah/bris ceremony guide- just a click away

From the Sandek to the Mohel, from the Kvaterrin to the Seudah – there is so much to do and remember for your son’s Bris/Brit Milah.  Fill in the form below and we will send you a guide to the Brit Milah ceremony!
July 7, 2011

Planning a wedding? Now’s the time for Jewish life consulting!

Your personal guide for a life cycle event – JLife Consulting When I was planning my wedding a few years back, even though I was pretty Jewishly literate, I realized how much there was to learn about the myriad of rituals that surrounded the ceremony.  What are the sheva brachot (7 blessings) really about and how can they hold modern meaning for me today?  And what about all of those […]
July 5, 2011

Chelsea Clinton’s Jewish wedding- ten facts you didn’t know!

It’s hard to miss the news that Chelsea Clinton and her new husband Marc Mezvinsky were wed this Saturday in Rhinebeck, and the media has also informed us that the wedding included a number of elements from a Jewish Wedding.  Yet, to date no one has explained to us what is the significance and meaning of the Jewish traditions at a Jewish Wedding.   Read on to discover what the Jewish […]