Themes: Did your child mention names like Ina Garten and Mario Batelli when you asked him whom he wanted to invite to his upcoming bar mitzvah? If so, do the greatest thing since sliced bread — plan a foodie-themed simcha. Comment.
Highlights: We caught up with the very busy bee known as Mayim Bialik, and chatted about her child-star past, how her education affects her lifestyle choices, and the experience of being the first woman in her family to have a bat mitzvah. Comment.
Planning: We care about you, dear readers. We treasure you so deeply that we decided to climb a steep and treacherous mountain to find your 10 non-negotiables anyone planning a bar or bat mitzvah needs to know. Comment.
Mitzvah Projects: Little things can have a big impact! Rachel Manheim of Queens, New York collected thousands of pencils for needy kids in Malawi, Africa with the help of FedEx and the Pencil Project. Comment.
Highlights: Your coworker’s son is turning 13 and you’ve just been invited to your very first bar mitzvah. Mazel tov! But what does that mysterious word means? Here’s a few things a non-Jewish guest should know about bar mitzvahs. Comment.
Hot Ideas: No two snowflakes, fingerprints, or Olsen twin is completely alike. The same should go for decor at your upcoming celebration. Create unique, DIY centerpieces that reflect the party’s honoree. Comment.
Planning: We can send a text and e-mail at lightening speed, but some of the people you invite to your child’s upcoming bar or bat mitzvah will not respond with a RSVP. An expert sheds some light on why and what you should do. Comments (2).
Mitzvah Projects: Sharing food is an essential part of Jewish tradition. For many in the Chicago area, though, hunger remains a serious problem. One girl took it upon herself to tackle the issue of hunger in a personal, dignified way. Comment.
Highlights: We caught up with a few elder Jews to reflect on their miztvah-pasts. And if these guys can live through abandoning their grandfathers on the dance floor, dodging landmines in Israel, and a doing a crazy dance from ancient times called the Macarena, you (or your kiddo) will be just fine. Comment.