Gift giving can be tough…especially for teenagers! So, how do you find a Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift that is sentimentally important, but still suitable for a young adolescent? Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of creative concepts that satisfy both of these needs.
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 ......→
Fate and destiny came to life when life-long neighbors from Russia married in a San Francisco wedding. Sonia and Sasha exchanged vows in a Jewish ceremony, surrounded by elegance, love, and laughter. Thank you IQphoto for capturing the entire event!
The couple seemed destined to be together, having discovered they spent much of their childhoods living steps from one another! READ MORE ......→
Alexis & Jason’s destination wedding perfectly combined meaningful Jewish tradition with laid back fun! Their Jewish wedding ceremony was held on a mild October day at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The day’s beautiful memories were captured by Tiffany Caldwell Photography.
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 ......→
A library wedding isn’t just for the lush storylines of Sex and the City! Rachel and Sean celebrated their nuptials, ala-Carrie Bradshaw, in a vintage-styled library Jewish wedding. Photography by Erin Johnson Photography.
Yelena is a self-proclaimed foodie, so it was fitting when Derek proposed on the dessert menu of a Top Chef-contestant run restaurant! The two celebrated their Jewish wedding filled with taste and glamour, aptly held at the Tremont Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, Maryland. Both are Jewish and Yelena is of Ukrainian descent, so it was important to the couple to include elements from their faith and culture in their big day! Thanks to Bradley Images for the sneak peak!
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
One of the most beautiful moments of any wedding is the time when the bride and groom are officially pronounced husband and wife. For Jewish couples, this takes place under a chuppah (huppah), or wedding canopy. Though the inclusion of a chuppah is traditional, the chuppah itself can be anything but! In an age of endless possibilities, choosing a chuppah is no exception. Let your personality and interests guide you to a chuppah that is uniquely yours!