Mazel Tov! You have a new son. There are so many emotions happening at the same time – and you have to also prepare for your son’s brit milah in 8 days. Among your main priorities are selecting the mohel (or mohelet) to officiate the ceremony and perform the brit milah, and deciding where to have it.
Many families choose to either have the bris at their home or in their temple’s event space. You can view possible Bris Venues Here. To help you determine whether to have the ceremony at home or in your synagogue, we asked Rabbi Nechemia Markovits, a mohel who has almost 3 decades of experience, to share some of his thoughts. Rabbi Markovits is an Orthodox rabbi who performs ritual circumcisions for Jews (and non-Jews) of all affiliations and backgrounds.
Mazelmoments: With so many new emotions, experiences and changes awaiting first-time parents, we’d like some of your expert recommendations regarding the bris. With little time to prepare for the bris following the birth of the son, your reservoir of expertise would be helpful and informative to first-time parents of sons. 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 ......→
We are extremely proud to share our contributions as featured writers in the latest issue of Jewish Style Celebration Magazine NJ NY! It is a special opportunity for Mazelmoments.com to reach out to new people with exciting ideas for Jewish events. Check out our articles on techonology trends, ideas for a fashion theme, and an intro to our new Mitzvah Planning Toolkit, available now!
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 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!
18 is a spiritual number in the Jewish culture. Gifts are often given in multiples of 18, symbolizing the gift of life and good luck. In 2013, the number 18 became even more significant for my husband Jeff and me, representing the unforgettable day our daughter Liya was born, on October 18.
To make Liya’s first birthday celebration even more special and meaningful, we decided to combine her party with her Jewish baby naming ceremony. Being the superstitious Jew that I am, we never had a baby shower, so this event was a way to FINALLY celebrate our beautiful baby girl with all of our loved ones. Planning Liya’s baby naming inspired me creatively, and allowed us to create an event that was truly personal and memorable. READ MORE ......→
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