Bat Mitzvah

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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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

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 […]
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 […]