Founder of mazelmoments.com, an online resource for planning Jewish events, says that a successful bat or bar mitzvah may require more than a year of planning.
Online PR News – 12-December-2011 – New York, New York – “There is a lot of work that goes into giving a child a meaningful and special bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah celebration,” says Cigall Goldman, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of mazelmoments (http://www.mazelmoments.com), a website dedicated to helping members of the Jewish community plan perfect celebrations. “From budgeting, finalizing a guest list and deciding on a mitzvah project, to finding the right venue, entertainment and caterer, such celebrations can require more than a year of planning.”
In fact, Goldman notes that in the Jewish faith, a bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah is just as important as a wedding celebration and involves just as many considerations.
“The first step in planning your child’s special day is to schedule a meeting with the rabbi at your temple or synagogue,” says Goldman. “Parents may want to begin this stage as early as three years before the event, so that the family can fully understand and appreciate the religious aspects of the bat or bar mitzvah, as well as the time that is required for the child’s lessons and religious preparation.” Be sure to check with the rabbi to see what sort of classes and/or preparation is offered. In many cases the rabbi or cantor will serve as the bat or bar mitzvah tutor. There are also many other resources available, including private bar mitzvah tutors, preparation guides and audio tools.
The date and a time may be determined by the synagogue and rabbi, Goldman says, although in many situations the family can be involved in selecting the date. The selected date and time should be coordinated with the temple and rabbi, for both the religious ceremony and the reception. “Once you have the date set, and have decided on a budget, it is time to start looking for service providers,” says Goldman. “The first goal is to secure the right venue for the bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah party.”
Goldman says that there are many venue options available for a bat or bar mitzvahs, including banquet halls, restaurants, sports venues, and synagogue banquet halls. If the family is considering a temple other than their own to hold the reception, Goldman advises families to check whether the the temple allows non-members to rent their facilities for parties. To make the process easier for the family, mazelmoments provides this information as part of each temple's profile on the mazelmoments website. In determining where the reception will be held, it is important to find out whether the venue has an exclusive or in-house caterer and/or whether outside caterers allowed. There are several options regarding kosher catering, including glatt kosher, kosher, and kosher style. Check with the venue to see what is available or allowed, and be attentive to the needs of your relatives and other guests.
“Next, you need to select and book other event professionals, including caterers, photographers, videographers, and entertainment,” says Goldman. “In the past, the best way to find service providers was to seek recommendations from close family and friends.”
However, she notes that parents can now find this sort of information online through websites like mazelmoments.
“We created mazelmoments to make it easy and fun for members of the Jewish community to plan perfect and meaningful events,” Goldman said. “It is the perfect online resource to find all of the information and tools to plan a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.”
For more information about service providers for bat or bar mitzvahs and other Jewish events, visit www.mazelmoments.com.
Mazelmoments (http://www.mazelmoments.com), based in Manhattan, New York, is an online resource for planning Jewish events including weddings, bat mitzvahs, bar mitzvahs, bris milahs, personal celebrations and parties, corporate events and more. The mazelmoments website includes directories of venues, synagogues, caterers, kosher caterers, restaurants, kosher restaurants, event planners, flower vendors, music vendors, event photographers and videographers, Judaica vendors, rabbis, mohels and more. For more information visit their website at http://www.mazelmoments.com, write Mazel Moments, Inc., P.O. Box 1188, New York, NY 10016, call (646) 669-9723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org