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L’orchestre pour mariage juif Amsellem Swing Klezmer Orchestra joue des horot (Mazel Tov, Siman Tov…) pour animer cocktail de mariage, de Bar Mitzvah, cérémonie, Houppa et réceptions.
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Bar Mitzvah

In the Jewish tradition, a child becomes a full-fledged adult a bar mitzvah when a boy reaches the age of 13 and a bat mitzvah when a girl turns 12. This transition from childhood to adulthood is celebrated with a religious ceremony and reception together with the childs family and friends. However, apart from the celebration, this occasion also calls for the acceptance of more mature responsibilities in accordance with the Jewish law and religion… Read the entire article

Our Bar Mitzvah in Israel website is a free online resource for planning a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah party in Israel, We have gathered all the services, service providers and information you might need, including tips and ideas, to help you organize and plan your custom tailored Bar Mitzvah celebration in Israel.

How can you make your childs bar or bat mitzvah celebration extra special? The answer would be by planning and preparing for it well and by being hands on in every aspect not only before but even during the party. If you do it with much love and gusto with some great surprises, your child will surely appreciate your efforts. One way of letting your child know that he or she is important to you is by showing your full support to all the processes that they have to go through as an adult. Get them involved in the party preparation and they will be thrilled to contribute some ideas. By working together, you and your child will further improve your bond and enjoy each others company regardless of the pressures and tensions… Read the entire article

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Bar Mitzvah – Being Jewish

A great many people are under the impression that one must have a ceremony to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. It is true that there is a good reason for a ceremony or a festive meal, but the truth is that becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an automatic process.

There is no such thing as “having a bar Mitzvah.” At the start of the first day of the fourteenth year of a boy’s life — the day of his thirteenth birthday — he is a “bar Mitzvah,” a “son of the Commandment,” meaning he is required to keep the Mitzvos that all Jewish men are required to keep. A girl, on the day of the start of the thirteenth year of her life, becomes a bat Mitzvah, a “daughter of the Commandment,” in that now she is required to keep the Mitzvos that all Jewish women are required to keep. It is synonymous with being a Jewish adult, or Jewish young adult. Since boys mature more slowly, they take a year longer to be considered young adults. (Obviously not all boys mature at thirteen, and not all girls mature at twelve. However, that is the average date, and certainly at that age all healthy children should be expected to have begun adolescence.)

Therefore, as an adult, a Jewish person is a bar or bat Mitzvah. No Jew needs to do anything to become one. One does not need to “have a bar Mitzvah.” There is no real ceremony that changes anyone’s status in that regard, and the meal itself bears no real relation to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The meal isn’t even necessary.

A convert, upon converting becomes a “bar Mitzvah,” a “son of the Commandment,” or a “bat Mitzvah,” a “daughter of the Commandment.”

If you’re older than twelve or thirteen years old, and you never “had a bar Mitzvah,” don’t worry about it, because there’s really no such thing as “getting bar Mitzvahed.” There is no actual ceremony. There is a Custom in many Orthodox communities (not all) to call up the bar Mitzvah to read from the Torah, or to say the Blessings over the Reading of the Torah, but this is also not necessary in order to “become bar Mitzvahed.” As I explained, being a bar Mitzvah means being at the age where you are required to do the Mitzvos, the Commandments of the Torah.

However, if you are a girl twelve or older, or a boy thirteen or older, what you should be concerned about is learning about the Commandments of the Torah and how to fulfill them joyfully. That’s what being bar Mitzvah or bat Mitzvah is all about.

Nevertheless, the Custom of making a Feast on the day a boy becomes a bar Mitzvah is very old. According to the Midrash, the Patriarch Abraham made a Bar Mitzvah Feast for his son Isaac. The Torah tells us, “And the child grew, and was weaned. Abraham made a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned” (Genesis 21:8). What is meant by “weaned?” Rabbi Hoshaya taught, “It means when Isaac was weaned away from the Evil Inclination” (Midrash Rabbah, Genesis 53:14). At age thirteen, we begin to develop the maturity and intelligence to make proper decisions, and thus we attain the ability to overcome our Evil Inclinations when we so choose. Thus, we are weaned from our Evil Inclination. And it is then that are able to accept the responsibility of the Commandments.

The Midrash continues, “What does it mean that Abraham made a ‘great’ feast? It means that great people attended. People such as the righteous Shem and Eber” (ibid). (The Midrash then proceeds to prove this by means of exegesis.)

So if the feast is unnecessary, why have it at all?

Jewish Law tells us to make a bar Mitzvah feast to celebrate the fact that the young man has now become required to observe all the Commandments of the Torah. Here are the words of one source of Jewish Law:

— Mishnah Brurah 225:6

This is the key point: he now becomes required to observe the Commandments. This is something to celebrate! Why? Because fulfilling the Comamndments joyfully is the very reason Hashem created us.

There’s an interesting comment about this in the Talmud. The Talmud teaches that a blind person is not required to keep the Positive Commandments of the Talmud. This is a general rule in the Talmud. (Not required means they are still allowed to, of course.)

The Talmud says that Rabbi Yosef, who was blind, taught that if blind people suddenly became required to keep the Commandments, he would make a feast to celebrate it. It is from there that we understand the full import of this concept.

The Bar Mitzvah Feast is to celebrate the good event. We must therefore use the feast to impress upon the young man the responsibilities he now assumes, to ingrain in him the importance of being an upright Jew and fulfilling the Commandments.

It is therefore not a time for partying. The very idea of a party is antithetical to the purpose. It is devoid of meaning, or at least of the original meaning and intention.

Instead, many bar Mitzvah celebrations have become stages for one-upmanship — and I wish I could say that this does not happen among the Orthodox.

My community was shocked over a bar Mitzvah feast that an Orthodox Jew made for his son. It was held in an expensive hall, but otherwise conformed to the proper decorum for a bar Mitzvah feast. Yet we all felt that the message conveyed to the bar Mitzvah was that enjoying wealth and luxury is more important than the spiritual.

I once worked for a man who wrote a number of columns for various periodicals, in various languages. I translated his ideas into English. His field of expertise was raising and teaching children. We once received a letter in which a woman wrote to ask what she should do about her son. “We made a fancy bar Mitzvah party for him, and he received a lot of presents, yet he has not matured. He still plays his video games, and does so many childish things.”

My boss, in his article, pointed out a number of things to the lady. He said, first of all, that maturity does not occur in one day. He also pointed out that the mother may be giving the boy the impression that the lavish party and the presents are the important aspect of the event. If so, how could she expect him to do anything but continue to be engrossed in physical things? She must make him understand that the important thing is that he is now mature, and must begin to focus on spiritual things, like his studies, for example.

Unfortunately, this attitude is too prevalent, at many different levels, and in all segments of Jewish society.

Here is how it should be done:

The typical Ultra-Orthodox bar Mitzvah feast includes a two or three course dinner (or, more rarely, a smaller breakfast or lunch), at some low-budget but tasteful hall. There are always several prestigious Rabbis in attendance, a few lectures on Torah discourses including some praises of the bar Mitzvah boy as well as exhortations to assume his responsibility and proper decorum. Some bar Mitzvah feasts will also have a one-man band (on a synthesizer), but many don’t.

Often the bar Mitzvah will give a Torah discourse discussing the Mitzvah of tefillin. Often the men and boys will dance together, showing their joy at welcoming the bar Mitzvah into the responsibility of Mitzvos. And most of the presents given are holy books that discuss the Torah, though often people give money. Someone very close to the family will probably give a kiddush cup.

All in all, the atmosphere is one of joyful respect and decorum.

Another thing found in plenty at most bar mitzvos: cake. The women “go to town” (so to speak) in baking cakes. Some of what they do is true artwork. I have seen sculpted cakes, and … well, words fail me. I have seen cakes in the shape of tefillin, or a Torah scroll, and all sorts of such things. These cakes are usually baked by friends or relatives. (They also seem to be offered mostly to the women, for some reason.) Are these cakes necessary? No. I don’t think they hurt, though.

This is in stark contrast to what many others do for their sons or daughters. Some time ago, my wife went to a bat Mitzvah party for her cousin (whose family is not Orthodox), which was held in the same hall their parents got married, Terrace on the Park, which happens to be one of the MOST expensive halls in New York State.

They had a disc jockey. The hall was set up as a disco. When people came in, the bat Mitzvah was on top of a two-foot high platform, with lights flashing around her, and she danced for everyone (which is in itself forbidden). From time to time, the disc jockey would call out dance instructions: “Everyone point to Erica!” (the bat Mitzvah), and “Erica, dance with your mom!” and that sort of thing. (Personally, this sickens me. Even some non-observant attendees called it gaudy.)

The cousin who paid for this … event (what else can I call it?) said to my mother-in-law that “Bar and bat Mitzvahs are in, sweet sixteens are out.”

No one there cared anything about the concept of Mitzvah, and consequently, this was not only a travesty, but also included numerous transgressions of Jewish Law.

This is the reason that the leading Rabbi in America of two decades ago (Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory) once wrote that if it were permitted for a Rabbi to discontinue a time-honored custom or a Law, he would outlaw the bar Mitzvah feast altogether, since so many people have used the bar Mitzvah party as an opportunity to commit sins.

So keep these things in mind. A bar and bat Mitzvah is about the Mitzvah.

Now, a word about bat Mitzvah celebrations. While it has not existed as a traditional custom, there is nothing forbidden about making one, as long as all Jewish Laws are adhered to in the making and celebrating of the event. By all proper means, let the girl feel proud that she is assuming the preparation of adult Jewish life. In no way do I disparage or discourage women or girls, or their desire to elevate that same special time of their lives. But just as is expected of men and boys, let their intentions be for the sake of Heaven, not just to have a good time, or “to be equal.”

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Historical Examples

But it was not till he was on the point of bar-mitzvah (confirmation at thirteen) that the blow fell.

It was shortly after my confirmation,I mean mymy bar-mitzvah.

Still, at any cost, he had determined not to miss so important an event as his nephew’s bar-mitzvah.

If it please God, you will be ‘bar-mitzvah’ in three yearsmay you live to a hundred and twenty.

British Dictionary definitions for bar-mitzvah Expand

(of a Jewish boy) having assumed full religious obligations, being at least thirteen years of age

the occasion, ceremony, or celebration of that event

the boy himself on that day

Word Origin and History for bar-mitzvah Expand

1861, in Judaism, “male person who has completed his 13th year and thus reached the age of religious responsibility,” from Hebrew, literally “son of command.” As a name for the ceremony itself, by 1941.

bar-mitzvah in Culture Expand

An important ceremony and social event in Judaism marking the beginning of religious responsibility for Jewish boys of thirteen. Bar mitzvah is Hebrew for son of the commandment.

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Its not often an album is released featuring eleven songs, all composed by someone who isnt even old enough to vote, but Esa Einai, due to be released shortly by Aderet Music, isnt your typical album.

Featuring the vocals and compositions of fifteen year old Los Angeles yeshiva student Yoel Weiss, Esa Einai has been two and a half years in the making. It features a variety of musical styles, some more upbeat, some more heartfelt, but all written in Yoels unique trademark style.

Yoel displays an uncanny maturity as his songs run the gamut, ranging from the upbeat Mi Haish, originally written in part as a lullabye for Yoels baby sister, to the tranquil Asher Bara, composed in honor of an aunts wedding to No Goodbye, originally written as a tribute to Yoels grandparents who were making Aliyah at age ninety and then rededicated to the Holocaust generation.

The album, produced by Naftali Schnitzler, with arrangements by both Schnitzler and Ruli Ezrahi, began originally as a keepsake when Yoel recorded his first composition, VHaya, a catchy tune that has become a family favorite. As Yoel continued composing, he continued recording his songs and in time, Yoel and his parents decided to put the songs together into an album.

In another unique twist, Sruly Meyers outstanding artwork was done with Chroma Depth technology, adding an extra exciting dimension to the graphics when viewed with the Chroma Depth 3D glasses that are included with the album.

We tied the name of the album, Esa Einai, in with the unique artwork, explained Yoels mother, Chani Weiss, who wrote the lyrics for the three English songs on the album. When you put on the glasses, it takes 3D to a whole new level and the graphics are an activity on their own.

Rounding out the album is choir work by Moishei Krausz and Shloime Kaufman with orchestration by some of Jewish musics best including Yaron Gershovsky, Gal Gershovsky, Avi Avidani, Nachman Dryer, Larry Gee, Moishie Fried, Yossi Farkas and Shloime Cohen.

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Bar & Bat Mitzvah Venue NJ | Special Event Venues

Your childs bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. No wonder so many people in northern New Jersey and the surrounding region choose The Manor for their mitzvah celebration venue. Known for its festive, elegant atmosphere, The Manor is your one stop for everything you need for perfect bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah. From the menus created and prepared by our award-winning chefs, to a wide choice of elegant banquet halls and parlors, we can accommodate celebrations for hundreds of guests or a small gathering of close friends and family.

The same expert consultants who make weddings at The Manor such a success are also expert bar mitzvah planners, ensuring your bat or bar mitzvah party is a joyous celebration you, your child, and your guests will always remember. They can offer expert bar mitzvah ideas and help with everything from bar mitzvah themes to bar mitzvah centerpieces, as well as musical entertainment, florists, photographers, videographers, and all the other professional services you may want. We are proud that the Jewish Standard awarded The Manor with the 2010 Reader’s Choice Award for Bar/Bat Mitzvah venue, and New Jersey Jewish News (NJJN) ranked us as the runner-up winner for Best Caterer.

Whether celebrating a sons bar mitzvah, or a daughters bat mitzvah, at The Manor, we recognize the importance of this ceremony, and the milestone in your childs life and your familys life that it marks. We are absolutely dedicated to making it a joyous occasion you and your loved ones will remember for a lifetime.


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Bar Mitzvah – New World Encyclopedia

In Judaism, the term Bar Mitzvah (Hebrew: ) refers to a boy’s coming-of-age ceremony held upon (or shortly after) his thirteenth birthday. At this age, a boy is said to become Bar Mitzvah (Hebrew: , literally meaning “one to whom the commandments apply”). Often this term is loosely translated as “son of the commandment.”

According to Jewish law, when Jewish children reach the age of maturity (12 years for girls, 13 years for boys) they become responsible for their actions and thus a special ceremony is held for each gender to recognize their adulthood.[1] Before this age, the responsibility of the child to follow Jewish law and tradition lies with the parents. After this age, the children are privileged to participate in all areas of Jewish community life and bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics.

It is common in Jewish culture to celebrate the coming-of-age transition. In popular usage, the terms “Bar Mitzvah” and “Bat Mitzvah” are often mistakenly used to refer to the celebration itself; however the term actually refers to the boy or girl. The event is often misunderstood to confer the status of a Jewish adult, but in fact it is merely a celebration of the adulthood that came about automatically by virtue of age. The ceremony itself does not change the status of the celebrant nor does it imbue any additional rights or responsibilities beyond those which were automatically imbued on a boy’s thirteenth (or girl’s twelfth) birthday.

The term Bar Mitzvah ( ) is typically translated as “son of the commandment,” and Bat Mitzvah ( ) as “daughter of the commandment.” In Biblical Hebrew, however, the word “bar” or “bat” (the latter pronounced “bas” in Ashkenazi Hebrew) could also mean “subject to” (e.g., a particular tax, penalty, or obligation). Therefore, a more accurate translation of the term is actually “subject to commandment.” The plural form of the term for people of obligation is B’nai Mitzvah (or B’not Mitzvah if all the people are female).

The current way of celebrating one’s becoming a Bar Mitzvah did not exist in the time of the Hebrew Bible. The Bar Mitzvah ceremony developed in medieval times along the following lines:

Either on or shortly after his thirteenth birthday, usually during the first Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath), a boy is to recite the blessings for the Torah reading, read from the Torah (five books of Moses) and Haftara (Selections from the books of the Prophets), and give a d’var Torah, a discussion of that week’s Torah portion. He may also lead part (or all) of the morning prayer services. Calling the boy to say the Torah blessings is called an aliyah (Hebrew: , from the verb alh, , meaning, “to rise, to ascend; to go up”). Precisely what the Bar Mitzvah should lead during the service varies from one congregation to another, and is not fixed by Jewish law. At this point, the males become entirely culpable and responsible for following Jewish law, provided they have also matured physically to the stage where two pubic hairs have grown.[2]

The service is often followed by a celebratory meal with family, friends, and members of the community. In the modern day, the celebration is sometimes delayed for reasons such as availability of a Shabbat during which no other celebration has been scheduled, or the desire to permit family to travel to the event; however, this does not delay the onset of rights and responsibilities of being a Jewish adult, which come about strictly by virtue of age.

Many Jewish boys do not have a Bar Mitzvah celebration, perhaps because the family is too poor, or do not belong to a Synagogue or Shul (a Jewish worship house), or perhaps because they are hidden Jews in the diaspora. In this case, the thirteenth birthday can be considered the child’s coming of age. Not having a Bar Mitzvah celebration does not make the child becoming an adult any less of a Jew. Although some people wish to be “Bar Mitzvahed”[3] as an expression of their faith, this has no religious significance.

Instead of reading from the Torah, some Humanist Jews prefer to research, write, and present a research paper on a topic in Jewish history to mark their coming of age.[4][5]

Once a boy turns 13, he has the responsibilities of an adult under Jewish law:

Among religious Jews, it is customary for a man who has reached the age of 83 to celebrate a second Bar Mitzvah, under the logic that a “normal” lifespan is 70 years, so that an 83-year-old can be considered 13 in a second lifetime. This practice is now becoming more common among the less orthodox denominations as well.[6][7]

As with weddings, sweet sixteen parties, and other life events, it is common to give the Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrant a gift to commemorate the occasion. Traditionally, common gifts included books with religious or educational value, religious items, writing implements, savings bonds (to be used for the child’s college education) or gift certificates.[8][9] In modern times, gifts of cash are becoming more common. Since the Hebrew word for “life” (“chai”), is also the Hebrew number 18, monetary gifts in multiples of 18 dollars (i.e. $36, $180, etc.) are considered to be particularly auspicious and have become very common, for Bar Mitzvahs as well as for other events such as birthdays. Many B’nai Mitzvah also receive their first tallit (prayer shawl) from their parents to be used for the occasion.

With an advance notice of six weeks, U.S. citizens can request a White House greeting[10] from the President to commemorate a Bar Mitzvah (among many other life events).

The celebratory meals and parties associated with B’nai Mitzvahs have become increasingly elaborate and expensive in recent decades, often rivaling weddings in their extravagance. Many religious leaders and laypeople have expressed concern that these festivities, which they view as excessive, distract from the original purpose of the celebrationthe transition from childhood and innocence to adulthood and responsibility. This has given birth to a common modern aphorism: “too much Bar, not enough Mitzvah.” This phenomenon may in part result from a desire by Jewish parents to provide a cultural equivalent of the American sweet sixteen party, the Latin American Quinceaera, or the Catholic Confirmation.

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What a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guest Needs to Know – My Jewish Learning

6. Sitting and standing: Jewish worship services can be very athletic, filled with frequent directions to stand for particular prayers and sit for others. Take your cue from the other worshippers or the rabbis instructions. Unlike kneeling in a Catholic worship servicewhich is a unique prayer posture filled with religious significancestanding and sitting in a Jewish service does not constitute any affirmation of religious belief, it is merely a sign of respect. There may also be instructions to bow at certain parts of the service, and because a bow or prostrationisa religiously significant act, feel free to remain standing or sitting as you wish at that point.

7. Following the service: Try to follow the service in thesiddur, or prayerbook, and thechumash, or Torah book, both of which are usually printed inHebrewand English. Guests and congregants are encouraged to hum along during congregational melodies and to participate in the service to the extent that they feel comfortable. If you lose the page, you may quietly ask a neighbor for help (although it is better not to interrupt someone in the middle of a prayer). During theTorah service(described below), the entire congregation is encouraged to follow the reading of the weekly Torah portion in English or Hebrew.[PB]

This passage from theBook of Deuteronomyand the three passages that follow constitute a central part of each morning and evening Jewish prayer service. Probably the most important single sentence in the liturgy, theShemais not a prayer but rather an affirmation of the unity of God.

TheAmidah, a series of prayers recited while standing in silent meditation, is the major liturgical piece of every synagogue service throughout the year. On a weekday, the Amidah contains prayers for the physical and spiritual well-being of the one praying as well as of the entire community of the people of Israel. On Shabbat, we praise God for the joy of the Shabbat and the rest that we enjoy. It is perfectly acceptable and even desirable that people recite the Amidah in English, and worshippers are also encouraged to pray from their hearts if the printed words do not speak to them.

Following the Shema and the Amidah is a transition from prayer to study. The primary study text is from thePentateuch, or Five Books of Moses. This text has been written on the parchment of theTorah scrollsby a specially trained scribe.

The Torah is divided intoand read inweekly portions, according to a prescribed calendar, so that the entire Torah is read in the span of one year. The cover and accoutrements of the Torah scrolls recall the priestly garb of ancient Temple times, i.e., breastplate, robe, crowns, and belt.

When the Torah scroll is removed from or returned to the ark, it is carried in a procession around the synagogue, accompanied by song, to show the love and reverence in which Jews hold its teachings. In more traditional synagogues, congregants kiss the Torah as it is carried around.

The Torah reader must learn the Torah portion so well that he or she can chant it accurately without relying on punctuation (which is absent from the Torah scroll). The melodies in the prescribed cantillation system facilitate the learning process by providing proper parsing. All guests and participants are encouraged to follow the reading in the English translation in the printed Torah books.

Usually the rabbi, and sometimes the bar/bat mitzvah child or another congregant, delivers advar Torah, a word of Torah, that comments on the weekly Torah reading.[PB]

TheTorah Blessings(Aliyot to the Torah)

On Shabbat, the weekly Torah portion is read in seven divisions. Each division of the readingprovides an opportunity to honor a member of the congregation or a guest by calling him or her (just him in traditionalist communities) up to thebimah(pulpit) to recite the blessings over the Torah reading. This is known as receiving analiyah, that is, being called up to the Torah. The day of the bar/bat mitzvah celebration is when the child is called to the Torah for the first time to recite these blessings.

At the conclusion of the Torah reading, two people are called to lift up and wrap the Torah scroll. The lifting displays the open Torah scroll to the congregation, showing symbolically that the Torah is an open book and belongs to everyone.

The Haftarah

Once the Torah scroll has been removed from the reading table, another personusually the bar/bat mitzvah childchants a portion from the prophetic writings of the HebrewBible. Thehaftarah(which means, concluding teaching) is usually chosen to reflect a theme or literary allusion in the Torah portion. The purpose of the haftarah is not only to provide an opportunity to teach from a different section of the Bible, but also to assert that prophecy serves to reinforce the laws of the Torah.

Although there is no mention of death in this prayer, theKaddishis recited at the end of all worship services by family members who have lost a loved one in the past year or who are observing the anniversary of a death in years past. Despite sorrow and pain, the mourner rises to declare continuing commitment in praising Gods name, to which we all respond, Amen.

Kiddush(Sanctification of the Wine)

At the conclusion of the worship service, everyone is often invited to the social hall forkiddush, the blessing over the wine; a Shabbat song; and thehamotzi, the blessing over the bread. Then everyone is invited to enjoy a festive light luncheon.[PB]

The following are architectural or symbolic objects that you may notice in a synagogue.

The Pews (Congregational Seating)

Everyone, Jew or gentile, is invited to enter and attend services. Sit wherever you like.

The Bimah (Pulpit)

Bimahliterally means high place. The bimah is the focus of most ritual activities in the synagogue.

The Ark (Aron Hakodesh)

The ark is the repository of the Torah scrolls and is the central object on the bimah. Many synagogue arks are dramatic works of art or craftsmanship in wood or metal, filled with symbolic elements representing parts of the Jewish tradition.

The Eternal Light (Ner Tamid)

Hanging from the top of the ark is an electric light that is never extinguished. This eternal light symbolizes the fire that burned on the altar in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.


Many synagogues have a candelabra on the bimah to commemorate the seven-branched gold candelabra that stood in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem and was lit each night to provide light for the priests during their evening duties.

Memorial Plaques and Lights

It is a Jewish custom to secure a memorial plaque for a departed family member, usually on a wall in the sanctuary. The light next to the memorial plaque is illumined each year during the week of the anniversary of a persons passing.

The Flags

Many American synagogues display two flags in the sanctuary, an American and an Israeli flag. The Israeli flag, adopted at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, represents the entire Jewish people. In the center is the six-sided star traditionally associated with the Jewish people, and the blue stripes above and below the star represent the stripes of the tallit. The Jewish tradition also requires Jews to be loyal to the country in which they live and to pray for its welfare, hence the American flag, representing the loyalty of the American Jewish community.[PB]

The Rabbi

Rabbi means teacher. The major function of a rabbi is to instruct and guide in the study and practice of Judaism. A rabbis authority is based solely on learning.

The Cantor

A cantor has undergone years of study and training in liturgy and sacred music. The cantor leads the congregation in Hebrew prayer.

The Emissary of the Congregation (Shaliach Tzibbur)

Theshaliach tzibburis the leader of congregational prayers, be it the cantor or another congregant. Every Jewish prayer service, whether on a weekday, Shabbat, or festival, is chanted in a special musical mode and pattern. The shaliach tzibbur must be skilled in these traditional musical modes and familiar with the prayers. Any member of the congregation above the age of bar/bat mitzvah who is familiar with the prayers and melodies may serve as shaliach tzibbur.

The Gabbai

Thegabbai, or sexton, attends to the details of organizing the worship service. The gabbai finds a shaliach tzibbur, assigns aliyot, and ensures that the Torah is read correctly.

The Laity

Members of the congregation may participate in all synagogue functions and leadership roles. Any knowledgeable Jew is permitted and encouraged to lead the prayers, receive an aliyah, read from the Torah, and chant the haftarah.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

At 13, a young Jewish man or woman becomes obligated to observe thecommandmentsof Judaism. Bar/bat mitzvah literally means son/daughter of the commandments. The celebration of a bar/bat mitzvah signifies that the young man or woman is beginning and will continue to function as an active and responsible Jew in the synagogue and in the wider Jewish community.

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The Lapidus Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight – Mitzvah Market

Im the founder of MitzvahMarket.com, so this Mitzvah Family Spotlight is very personal its about my daughter Carlys Bat Mitzvah!

As many of you know, the idea for Mitzvah Market came to me a little over 2 years ago as I commuted to NYC with my friends who had already been through the planning process. They gave me enormous amounts of information on what to do and when to start. This Mom-to-Mom advice is the backbone of MitzvahMarket.com.

When planning for my own daughters celebration, I tried to keep in mind the significance of her Bat Mitzvah and added creative and unique touches.

After meeting so many amazing Mitzvah experts over the past 2 years, it was easy to do! I hope you will enjoy reading all about our wonderful weekend celebration.

Pictured above: My husband Roy, our son Evan, Bat Mitzvah girl Carly, and me, Sheri Lapidus.

All party photography was done by Simon Elliot Events. The terrific Mitzvah vendors I used are all listed at the bottom of this spotlight. I thank all of them for helping to make my daughters celebration a night we will never forget!

For our out-of-town guests we used PaperlessPost.com to create our Save The Dates and sent them out via email. Its such a simple Website to use and I was able to design the card myself!

These Save The Dates were under $10 for all of our out-of-town guests!

My sister Amy Wohl is an extremely talented graphic designer and used to own a custom invitation business. Not only did she create Carlys invitations, but she was responsible for many of the other touches you will be reading about. Her Website is FabuDesigns and Amy hand-made each invitation using gray suede and Swarovski crystals. Everyone thought they were beautiful and very unique!

Carly with her Aunt Amy

When it came time to start shopping for our dresses, both Carly and I got very lucky and ended up buying the first dresses we tried on! Mine was a Carlos Miele one shoulder bright turquoise long gown that was on a sale rack at Tallulah in Woodbury, New York and Carlys hot pink long gown was from 2 Be Seen in Syosset, New York.

Without realizing it we would match our party decor!

We belong to Temple Or Elohim in Jericho, New York and Carlys Nicole Miller service dress was from Its Simply For You Boutique in Syosset, New York

We have written about Parkers Crazy Cookies in the past and I thought they were a unique and clever product. I sent them Carlys picture and we used these adorable custom animal cracker cookies at her Friday night Oneg dinner, the Kiddush after Carlys service and Sunday brunch. Everyone loved them!

I sent them the picture on the left and they created the Carly cookie on the right!

My talented sister created this sign which we used next to the basket of cookies at the Kiddush

When it came time to pick a venue, it was an easy choice. I grew up in Oceanside down the block from Kenny Kombert of Kombert Caterers at Temple Avodah. Another Mitzvah Mom who had her two childrens parties at Temple Avodah told me she considered having a third child just so she could do another party with Kenny! Thats all I needed to hear and he and his staff did not disappoint and exceeded all expectations. My guests couldnt stop talking about his staff and the delicious food!

These color coordinatedluminaires lined the entrance to Temple Avodah

The spacious ballroom including the kids lounge area!

Simon Elliot Events provided this cool curvy white leather furniture and I found matching peace sign pillows at Star Track in Farmingdale

The menu card created by Kombert Caterers

For our seating cards, we wanted something dual purpose and colorful. We found tins with clear tops at AC Moore, a crafts store, and attached a matching ribbon around the outside and filled the tins with color coordinated M&Ms!

M&M place card tins are ready for our guests. A pink carpet runner leads guests from the door to the place card table in the lobby

Brightly colored place cards lined up and ready!

The M&M stood for Mr. and Mrs.!

I saw these paper poms in a store window one day and thought they could be a nice addition to our decor. I bought them from a seller on Etsy and we hung them from the centerpiece which was used for the seating card table and in the kids lounge area in the three colors Carly selected for her decor

Carly didnt want a theme, but selected three colors that were used in elements throughout the party. She selected orange, hot pink and turquoise.

Spitz and Peck was an incredible florist to work with. They created three completely different centerpieces for our adult tables and we used orange, hot pink and turquoise linens

Aunt Amy created these matchingluminaire table numbers which lit up with LED lights.

You can see the beautiful flowers!

A photo shoot with Simon Elliot Events resulted in these posters which were used in the kids lounge area

Amy created theseluminaires for the kids lounge area from those same photos

We wanted a short and clever entrance video for Carly. Shes a big fan of ABC-TVs reality series The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and this summers show Bachelor Pad.

Simon Miller from Simon Elliot Events used editing magic to create this short trailer for the new reality series we called The Bat Mitzvah-rette!

Again, Aunt Amy worked her magic, and using Photoshop, included Carly in the cast picture from ABC-TVs summer reality series Bachelor Pad

Carlys entrance video was exactly what we wanted: clever and short!

Please watch it here.

After her entrance video played, Carly was carried into the ballroom by ETs dancers Matt and Nori

Simon Elliot Events created so many of Carlys unique touches including her sign-in. They debuted their new iSign for Carlys party! This exciting new service brings the sign-in board/book concept into the digital domain. Guests left special messages which gets compiled into a book, saved on a disc or printed out.

Using this special iPad podium, guest were able to sign-in using a stylus or finger on the iPad with messages for Carly that were displayed in realtime on a plasma screen for all to see

Guests could choose from different custom backgrounds created just for Carly

The kids LOVED using this new technology

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Bar Mitzvah – Cavendish Banqueting

The perfect Bar Mitzvah Venue in London, Cavendish Banqueting has played host to a wide variety of Simchas, from Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah to Chuppah ceremonies, Schul Dinners, Fund raising events, Jewish weddings, Receptions. Contact us with your requirements and let us take care of the rest. CALL NOW on 020 8205 7711

Literally meaning Son of Commandment the term Bar Mitzvah refers to a boy who, at 13 years, comes of age and is recognised as having the same rights and responsibilities as a fully grown man and moreover is responsible for his ethics and actions.

The term also refers to the religious ceremony, often followed by a celebration or party.

A similar ceremony is performed for girls at the age of 12, but only in the more liberal forms of Judaism. In orthodox or Hasidic Judaism, women do not perform religious services. When celebrated, they are more parties than religious ceremonies.

Cavendish banqueting offers a beautiful and spacious environment that is designed to attend to the needs of the customer. It boasts unique interior design by fci London and state of the art facilities that are rarely seen in London. The satisfaction of the client is our first priority. Our staff are highly experienced and dedicated to our customers needs. Cavendish Banqueting is situated on Edgware road opposite Mercedes Benz in London. It is a spacious Bar Mitvah Venue that offers exceptional customer service at an affordable price.

Having hosted many Bar Mitzvahs & Bat Mitzvahs over the last 10 years, we understand the specific requirements of our Jewish clients and offer complete fleixibility when it comes to Kosher food & party entertainment.

It can accommodate up to 450 guests for a reception in the evening or at lunch time. The Cavendish boasts of facilities such as beautiful interiors, state of the art lighting and an impressive grand hall that can accommodate up to 8,000 sq ft. Next to the grand hall is the blue bar which is spread over two floors. The blue bar is the perfect venue for a formal gathering or lounging. It has a VIP lounge which is suitable for lounging or having a drink just before the party starts. It is also secluded to provide an escape from the main function when one needs a break. The blue bar can host up to 150 people for a formal meeting and makes for an excellent Bat Mitzvah venue.

Cavendish Banqueting provides furniture and dcor for any event. Everything is planned according to the taste and preference of the client. The furniture and dcor provided include chairs, tables and lighting facilities. Other services offered include onsite catering and free parking. Paid parking is also available. The grand hall is spacious enough to accommodate a lot of people. Other facilities include staging and an LED dance floor. Everything about Cavendish Banqueting, from the location of the venue to the exquisite dcor and quality customer service make it the perfect Bar Mitzvah venue London.

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