October 11, 2015
Bar Bat Mitzvah Parent Speech Message for Noach-Stick to Your Values

Noach: Stick to Your Values

This is 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. *** Want to know a sure way to avoid water damage? Be a righteous guy. It worked for Noah. While most of the Torah […]
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 […]
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 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 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 http://www.larasphotography.co.uk/ – and after you have taken one look at it, you will know why I am […]
April 13, 2011

Planning a party in Israel – is it feasible?

Minor life-cycle celebrations are usually held at home. When it comes to more significant events, such as Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and golden anniversaries many Jews throughout America choose to celebrate in Israel. Their major desire is to achieve a personally meaningful experience, and also to support Israel, to cut down their guest list, to avoid social pressures and to minimize costs. Here are some points to consider when […]