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,
Yarmulkes, Invitations, DJ,
Photo Favors,
Photographer and Videographer, Centerpieces/Décor,
Board,
Clothes for Family,
Hair/Make-Up But what about all the other hidden costs […]
April 13, 2011

A different kind of Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration!

OK, OK – this is an attempt at being lighthearted!  Personally, I think it’s great! Harvey wanted to celebrate his son Josh’s Bar Mitzvah in a unique and spectacular way.  None of that “keeping up with the Goldbergs” for him – Harvey was The Trendsetter himself! Having looked into a Bar Mitzvah cruise and a Bar Mitzvah Safari, he decided that his big surprise would be a Bar Mitzvah in […]
April 13, 2011

Comprehensive, helpful and absolutely FREE Bat Mitzvah Checklist!

The preparations for your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah can be overwhelming!  If you are three years before the Bat Mitzvah – or even three weeks before – and you want a comprehensive checklist to help you move towards your big day, grab our amazing (yet free) Bat Mitzvah planning guide!          
April 13, 2011

A beautiful and ancient Bat Mitzvah Prayer

The following prayer is from the Talmud, and the beautiful text is as meaningful today as it was over 2000 years ago when it was first written and is appropriate to be quoted at a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Talmud Berachot 17a – Lawrence Kushner, Translator May you live to see your world fulfilled, May your destiny be for worlds still to come, And may you trust in generations past and […]
April 13, 2011

All about the Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony

Many Bat Mitzvah girls choose to have a Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony at their Bat Mitzvahs.  This is a very special ceremony which allows the Bat Mitzvah girl to dwell on people or ideas are important to her.  What is especially nice about the Bat Mitzvah candle lighting ceremony is that it is very flexible and you can use your own ideas to adapt it to what is important […]
April 13, 2011

What Judaism is all about…

There is a story about a hassidic Rabbi, who was once teaching five years old boys in a small village in Russia to learn the Hebrew ABC – Aleph, Bet, Gimmel.  It happened that one day, one of the boys forgot to bring his ink bottle and asked the boy at his side for some of his. “No,” replied the latter. “I haven’t enough; you should have brought from home.” […]
April 12, 2011

Chelsea’s Bat Mitzvah Speech

A Letter from a Mother… Writing a speech for any occasion can be a major undertaking and a daunting task. When it comes to the preparation of a D’var Torah for a Bat Mitzvah, to be delivered by a twelve year old girl, in front of a packed synagogue, the challenge is even more profound. A few months ago we celebrated our daughter, Chelsea’s Bat Mitzvah in Melbourne. Her D’var […]
April 12, 2011

Bat Mitzvah coming up? 14 Bat Mitzvah Tips to kick start your planning!

If you’ve never had to plan a Bat Mitzvah before, the process may seem scary and overwhelming!  If you type keywords like “Bat Mitzvah planning” into an internet search engine, you will find many, many links to vendor sites, large portals, forums etc….but you’re not ready for that yet!   Well, the good news is you have come to the right place to focus yourself to start your Bat Mitzvah planning.  […]
April 12, 2011

Bat Mitzvah 101

What is a Bat Mitzvah A Bat Mitzvah is one of the most important landmark occasions in the life of a Jewish girl. At the age of 12, the bat mitzvah girl enters the world of Jewish adulthood; she now assumes responsibility for herself as a member of the Jewish community. The word “bat” is the Hebrew word for “daughter of”, the word “Mitzvah” means “commandment”.  According to Jewish law, […]
April 11, 2011

It’s all about the Party Favors!

Many people chose to leave their guests Party Favors: a parting gift or souvenir from their Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah celebration. This serves as a token of thanks for participating in the event and helping to make it so special, and also serves as a reminder of the special occasion. Here are a few ideas of original and meaningful gifts you can leave for you visitors: “Images Through Time” […]