5 Steps to The Perfect Mitzvah Project for Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child
Your child is approaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah age and celebrations are in order! In addition to party planning and learning religious ritual, many synagogues require students to complete volunteer service in the form of a Mitzvah Project. Connecting this activity to your child’s interests can turn the Mitzvah Project into one of the most meaningful and fulfilling aspects of the process!
Here are some helpful steps for finding the perfect Mitzvah Project that will commemorate his or her transition into adulthood and engage your child’s passions too.
Brainstorm: Sit down with your child to see what it is this project means to him/her. With this maturing age, you can ask questions like “What are you passionate about?” and “How do you think you can make a difference?” Think about the different types of community service, including volunteer work, fundraising, and/or organizing a charitable drive or initiative. Finding something that sparks an interest will inspire them to get involved.
New York City has an eclectic and varied number of event spaces for Jewish weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, parties and corporate events. Our modern city is home to the hottest trend-setting architecture and fashion, so we were delighted to discover The Prince George Ballroom. Located in the FlatIron District in Manhattan and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Prince George Ballroom is a feast for the eyes with its Beaux Arts style and Neo-Renaissance flourishes. In the spirit of tzedakah (charity), 100% of its net revenue is used for NYC outreach programs to help the homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers.
Wedding or mitzvah guests enter into a modern space named World Monuments Fund Gallery.READ MORE ......→
Isabella’s passion is dancing, so Live, Love, Dance was the perfect theme for her Bat Mitzvah. Held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, this party creatively reflected Isabella’s love for dance – but she also included a lot of love.
With the help of the wonderful organization, Remember Us, Isabella was able to share her Bat Mitzvah with a child killed in the Holocaust. READ MORE ......→
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.
Jordan celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with family and friends at the Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, Florida. As an accomplished pianist, devoted animal lover and captain of the cheerleading team, Jordan chose a theme to emphasize her full personality. The party’s “midnight jungle” room was a mix of her love for animals and her girly side, with enough animal print, bling, and elegance to capture her entire self! Photography by Sampson Photography.
We’re so excited that Nancy from Nancy Swiezy Events let us know about this amazing bat mitzvah idea that’s fun, useful and also benefits the community!
Adaptive Design Association Presents Kids For Kids Mitzvah Project
You and your guests will have fun taking part in this unique interactive experience! This modern sign-in chair, custom-made by the Adaptive Design Association, comes primed, painted and ready to be decorated by you and your guests! It’s the perfect sign-in and keepsake for bar & bat mitzvahs, sweet 16’s, weddings and other celebrations. It also adds special meaning to your event because your donation goes towards helping children with disabilities.
Adaptive Design Association’s (ADA) mission is to ensure that children with “disabilities” receive the customized adaptations they need to achieve their full developmental, social, and academic potential. READ MORE ......→
Bar & bat mitzvah receptions are getting bigger each year, and trends are emerging that no one could have imagined just a few years ago! One that we’re truly excited to share is philanthropy-inspired bar and bat mitzvahs. Charity (a.k.a. tzedakah) is an important part of the Jewish culture. It’s fitting and encouraging that there is a growing emphasis on bar & bat mitzvah families integrating the deep meaning behind the celebration into their event.
The two most popular ways to host a charity-inspired bar/bat mitzvah are:
Highlight the teen’s mitzvah project throughout the event.
Morgan Imberman is a competitive gymnast with a love of animals, especially monkeys! A jungle theme was perfect for her bat mitzvah on March 2, 2013. The service as well as the party was held at Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, NY. Morgan’s mom Melisa Imberman is a talented event planner and founder of The Event of a Lifetime, so it was no surprise that the bat mitzvah was creative, colorful, and perfectly executed! The family converted the temple into a jungle, but not just any jungle…a neon pink jungle with monkeys everywhere! READ MORE ......→
“Kippot Pileup.” The perfect term to describe the drawer or shelf that contains dozens of yarmulkes from Jewish weddings, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs you’ve attended over the years. We all have one. It may come in handy for holiday dinners, but typically most of these treasured kippot will never again see the light of day. READ MORE ......→