Just got engaged over the holidays? One of the first decisions you will have to make is when you want to get married. Not just spring, summer fall or winter – but actual dates! If you’re planning a bar/bat mitzvah, that decision is narrowed down based on the Jewish calendar and your child’s birthday. But either way, the final date for the party is usually up to you. Caterers and venues will offer deals based not only on time of year (winter is typically the least expensive), but dates as well. Before you sign on the dotted line, we’ve put together a list of religious and secular dates that you may want to avoid booking.
Mazelmoments Major Jewish Holidays Calendar includes dates to avoid for 5 years
No matter what religion you are, you’ll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your wedding. Celebration of the Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the day before the first full holiday date and ends at nightfall of the last day. You’ll also want to find out sunset times for the start and end of Shabbat. READ MORE ......→
If your invitation does not include an inner envelope, you can follow the etiquette for outer envelopes. Two exceptions are families invited with children, and guests invited with “and Guest”. In these two cases, follow the etiquette for the standard inner envelope – children’s names are traditionally included below the parents’ names, “and Guest” is written next to the guest name.
Guide To Addressing Invitations
We hope this makes the process of addressing your wedding or mitzvah invitations a bit more fun!
Giving Gifts With Impact: Deposit a Gift’s Online Registry
With a bar or bat mitzvah, inevitably comes gifts. Lots of them. And probably a lot of ‘stuff’ you don’t need. Cash is really the most useful gift; after all, those summer trips to Israel and college tuition aren’t going to pay for themselves.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could register for people to contribute to your child’s goals and dreams to help them fund the important things in life? Yes it would. And it is possible.
Deposit a Gift is a a cash gift registry service that lets your child customize a unique gift list and allow friends and family to contribute easily online via credit card. It’s a simple way for people to contribute to things that actually matter, and safer alternative to worrying about cash and checks.
Click here to create your bar or bat mitzvah registry now.
Celebrate and honor your child’s achievement with a unique and powerful experience at The Fox Hollow, Long Island’s event destination featuring a state-of-the-art catering facility, all-suite boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant all on an 8-acre Gold Coast Estate.
We’re excited to introduce Pantone’s top color pick for the new year – it’s Marsala! This moody hue embodies all that its wine counterpart does, namely depth, richness and sophistication, perfect for incorporating into your wedding, bat mitzvah or party!
Here are some ideas to add the deep red shade to your next event!
We love when planners take a theme we’ve seen before and turn it into something we could have never imagined! That’s exactly what Melisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime did with Jason’s football-themed bar mitzvah. Enjoy!
Mitzvah Projects are not just a growing trend, but often a synagogue requirement, and an incredible way for students to engage in a social action project in honor of their upcoming bar/bat mitzvah. A mitzvah project teaches the value of tzedakah and giving back to the community. Now with a modern twist, it can teach students how to have a greater impact using the Internet for good, while making the process more fun and easier than ever.
That’s where Deposit a Gift comes in. Deposit a Gift is the crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a fundraising website to raise money for your mitzvah project online, so that friends and family from anywhere can get involved. A mitzvah project is all about pursuing something you are passionate about for the greater good, and now by bringing it online, you can have a bigger impact than ever before. Click here to create your mitzvah project site now.
Sarah is collecting sweatshirts to donate, including bar & bat mitzvah sweatshirts, school, camp and team sweatshirts that kids have outgrown or no longer wear.
The organization is called Hoods that Help and she will be donating to different organizations throughout the year. The first organization Hoods That Help will be collecting for is “Person to Person” in Darien, Connecticut.
She has put a drop box at a local store, Shuppee in the Village Yard in Chappaqua, and Melisa is happy to collect them as well and get them to her.
For prospective Jewish clergy the choice has been between the various Jewish denominations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. In fact, seminaries that train rabbis and cantors are primarily affiliated with one movement. If one wants to become an Orthodox rabbi or cantor there is Yeshiva University, for a Conservative rabbi or cantor, Jewish Theological Seminary, for a Reform rabbi or cantor it’s Hebrew Union College. What about the majority of Jews who are unaffiliated with any movement or synagogue? Who serves this population?
I became an ordained cantor through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and served mid-sized Reform congregations following graduation for several years. Presently I serve a small congregation in New York City on a part-time basis. Many years ago I decided to devote myself to the community of mostly unaffiliated though my life cycle work. While I perform weddings, baby namings and funerals, my primary focus has been Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for those to whom the synagogue is not an option.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation for Families That Don’t Belong To A Temple
Planning a Bar Mitzvah that’s traditional as well as new and exciting is no easy task. Will’s family was able to pull it off with class and style by splitting up the festivities! Will became a Bar Mitzvah with a private Havdallah service at NYC’s Ansche Chesed Synagogue, followed by a lovely dinner for all the guests. The next day was an action-packed kids-only party at New Jersey’s Pole Position Raceway. Photography credit: JDZ Photography and Custom Incredibles.