It’s not often in life that you’ll need to buy a tallis, or Jewish prayer shawl. So if you’re reading this, then Mazel Tov! You are probably in the wonderful process of planning a bat / bar mitzvah, or a Jewish or Interfaith wedding.
With the help of Lisa Prawer, The Tallis Lady, we’ve developed this Tallit Buying Guide to help you find the perfect tallis that will be in your family for decades to come.
Buying a tallis is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Bring the family along. Include the grandparents if you can. Treasure the experience!
The wedding industry has redefined destination weddings over the past several years, as demand grows for unique and meaningful venues, and access to vital information and resources has expanded via Internet technology. Traveling to an exotic or remote locale is no longer unusual for any couple, and Jewish to-be-weds are enjoying the full scope of options without sacrificing the symbols and expressions of their faith.
The chuppah, a Jewish wedding canopy with four open sides and four poles, is a central part of a Jewish wedding. It represents the home you will make with your partner, and it is where you will say your vows and become a family. The chuppah can be handheld, with four people of your choosing holding each pole, or it can be freestanding.
To decorate your chuppah, be inspired by the rest of your wedding. You can create a seamless and coherent look by using the same colors as the rest of the décor and incorporating flowers that are in your bouquet, the centerpieces and the other decorations. The chuppah can also provide an opportunity to incorporate something sentimental into your wedding, like your grandfather’s tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) or a flower that is meaningful to you.
Here are 15 ideas for a floral chuppah that represents your style and wedding vision.
Having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a rite of passage for Jewish adolescents all over the world as they move on to a new phase of adulthood. As sacred as these events are, they are also very exciting and fun, and should be marked with a special celebration that reflects your son or daughter. But before you can delve too far into the details, it’s important to first figure out what type of venue style you’re interested in and ultimately, where to host the reception.
Photo Credit (Clockwise): 404 NYC, Long Island Marriott, Temple Emanu-El of Closter, Pole Position Raceway, Chelsea Piers, Smooth Sailing Celebrations, Prince George Ballroom, Capitale
“The world of bar and bat mitzvahs is constantly evolving,” shares Goldman. “Menus are an essential component to the event itself and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share our expertise with our fellow event professionals.” READ MORE ......→
Get Amazing Video Memories from your Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Party
If you’ve ever planned, or are currently planning an event, you’ll know there are so many moving pieces that all fit together to make your event as amazing as possible. One of those very important pieces is videography. A videographer will capture the event in real time so that you can re-live your special day over and over again! We sat down with Seth Elgart from Professional Video LLC to get some tips from a pro on how to hire the best videographer for your next event! Seth has been doing his job for over a decade and has some excellent insight for us!
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Tip #1 – This may seem obvious, but make sure the company you hire has an expertise in video! Experience and focus on filming and production will let you know that quality will be at the forefront.
Tip #2 – Do your homework! Just like when choosing any of your other vendors, do some research and find out the history of the companies you’re interested in. Knowing how long they’ve been around, what kind of events they primarily work on, and being able to see examples of their work will be super helpful in picking the right one for you. READ MORE ......→
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.
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