An indispensable, modern-day guide to planning the perfect bar or bat mitzvah, celebrating substance and style
There used to be only two approaches to the bar or bat mitzvah party -- a low-key event that reflects the solemnity of this sacred rite of passage or a big bash that has no connection to the religious service. For many, it was an impossible dilemma. Will a big bash trivialize and overshadow the bar or bat mitzvah experience? Will too much spirituality suck the life out of an otherwise fabulous party?
MitzvahChic is the first book that proves that if you want a truly amazing experience, you can and must have it all! Blending meaningful Jewish elements with high-style contemporary party planning, this inspiring and useful guide will show you how to have the ultimate bar or bat mitzvah -- a profoundly moving service followed by an unforgettable party. The MitzvahChic approach also shows how to honor your child in a big way, rather than reducing him or her to an overused pop culture theme or a single cliché: He's into baseball! She loves horses!
This must-have guide gives advice on the major decisions, the basics of the service, and the party details that really matter. It also features:
A complete guide to the Torah, including dates and summaries of the portions and supplementary materials
Eight complete, themed parties, including party favors, decorations, and photographs of sample tables
A time line to help plan the bar or bat mitzvah up to two years ahead
Instructions for being MitzvahChic on a budget
Advice on how to include non-Jewish friends and family members in the ceremony
A practical guide to all things mitzvah from the Torah to the tablecloth, MitzvahChic will help create a beautiful, powerful, resonant, and unforgettable rite of passage.
Gail Anthony Greenberg is a lifelong writer, editor, and crafts artist. Born in a small town, she saw her first bagel when she attended college in Boston. While planning her son's bar mitzvah, she asked questions that led to formulating the MitzvahChic approach. She lives with her family in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania.
"More than a plan book to create one perfect Jewish day, it's a lens through which the ancient ideas of Torah look modern and poetic. . . . Judaism has never seemed so cool." -- Sam Raimi, director, producer, and screenwriter
"Just the right mix of serious content and entertainment tips. Any family will be helped by reading it!" -- Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People