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Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah on a Budget??

I am asked this question whether a Bar or Bat Mitzvah on a budget is possible all the time and the answer is a...

Bell-ringing mitzvah project brings hope to cancer patients

In the waiting room of the Radiation Oncology Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a New Beginning Bell is mounted on the wall. It’s attached...

I crashed a bat mitzvah party four years ago. I still haven’t mailed the gift

On my nightstand is a modest pile of books that I have not read and — if everything goes according to plan —I will...

Mad Lib your bar mitzvah speech

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Mitzvah projects see youths extending themselves to help others

Sadie Weil’s mother, Laura Goldberg, is a board member of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, so it only seemed logical that when Sadie sought...

Ask the rabbi: Answers to tough B’nai Mitzvah questions

Is there a right way for a child to prepare for a bar or bat mitzvah? What kind of ceremony and celebration is appropriate...

Unique Los Angeles venues for bar and bat mitzvahs

Your child has worked hard studying and preparing for their bar or bat mitzvah, so you’re going to want a party venue that suitably...

Finding strength, knowledge and joy in b’nai mitzvah study

News flash: The most important thing about becoming bar or bat mitzvah isn’t the party. Nor is it the presents. Nor even being able...

How one survivor’s bar mitzvah journey transformed an entire congregation

Abe Teitman was 6 when his father was drafted into the Soviet army, never to be seen again, and 7 when his mother died...

I went to a $2 million bar mitzvah with DJ Khaled and the Clippers dancers

Last year, a friend presented me with a unusual opportunity: How would I like to make $250 for attending a bar mitzvah at the...

A pawsitive impact

Alex Michaels will tell you that his dog, Frisco, is no ordinary household pet.

Bahamas to get ethical hacking and cyber security training, in wake of cyber attacks

Nassau, The Bahamas; - As the Caribbean archipelago state of the Bahamas battles an attack on its technological infrastructure, a team of cyber security...

Twin peaks: Tips for planning a double b’nai mitzvah

Having two b’nai mitzvah on the same day in the same service is common at my temple here in Los Angeles, and it comes with a unique set of challenges.

Montage madness: How to make the perfect bar/bat mitzvah video

The video begins with an image of me when I was just a blip on an ultrasound, my name scribed in big bold letters across the screen

A pawsitive impact: bar mitzvah project aims to help families in need

Alex Michaels will tell you that his dog, Frisco, is no ordinary household pet.

Death on Torah on the Trails

On the third Saturday of the month our Torah Study group, which normally meets in a room at the synagogue, instead goes on “Torah...

Don’t Forget Women’s Stroke Risk

Cardiovascular disease still remains the number one cause of death in women.  Heart attacks account for 24% and strokes 7% of all deaths.  Among...

The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

Go on an archaeological tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and the guide will undoubtedly explain to you how the stairs leading up...

Gifts of art from the heart

As bar and bat mitzvah celebrations have become more sophisticated and often more costly over the years, so, too, have many of the gifts.

Bar/Bat mitzvah attire that inspires

Back in the day, b’nai mitzvah fashion was oh-so-simple.

A novel idea: A mitzvah project started 15 years ago continues to spread the joy of reading

When Robyn Strumpf was a child, she had trouble learning how to read.

Making the cut

Pitfalls abound in trying to put together the perfect guest list, but don’t lose hope.

The ultimate bar or bat mitzvah playlist

Tired of listening to Kool & the Gang at b’nai mitzvah parties? Here is a playlist of 13 songs that will bring the shy boys and boy-crazy girls to the dance floor, while following in the talmudic tradition of adding a little commentary to the big day.

Revolutionizing B’Nai Mitzvah

As a congregational rabbi, I am still surprised at the number of parents who have rushed up to me after a bar or bat mitzvah service and expressed this revelation. They are shocked at their sense of euphoria.

Special gifts for that special day

Finding the perfect gift for a 13-year-old can be difficult. You can always give a new bar or bat mitzvah money — in the traditional multiples of $18 — but if you’d rather give a more personal or meaningful gift, make it something they’ll remember.

From Russia, with love

Jill Cooper Lefferman doesn’t like surprises, and especially not at her daughter Maia’s bat mitzvah, where she planned every detail, from Maia’s reading from the 100-year-old Cooper family Torah to the handcrafted, color-coordinated, Maia-inspired, donatable centerpieces.

A new way to send out invitations

When Will Bernstein’s only daughter, Marjolaine, asked for a video to be included in the online invitation for her upcoming bat mitzvah in 2012, he was surprised to discover that there were no services providing that option.\n

Just add water

Beachfront locales and waterfront hotels offer L.A. families ‘see-worthy’ venues.

Eco-friendly aspects of the simcha can elevate a young person’s conscience

Given that many high-profile celebrities expound on the virtues of their environmental involvements (among them, Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone), it is inevitable that eco-friendly activities, foods and fashion — along with a side of social justice — will appeal to a wide range of teens … and that this will get some of them seeing green for their bar or bat mitzvah.

How to make b’nai mitzvah meaningful

I was meeting with an upcoming bat mitzvah girl the other day and talking with her about the Torah (what else?). I pointed out all the books that surrounded us in my study and mentioned that as someone who has published five books myself, how thrilled I would be if people were still reading even one of my books 20 years from now.

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