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No matter how sticky things can get, planning and preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah can be as sweet as raspberry rugelach. Think we’re full of kosher bologna? Think again! The Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide is a fun, informative, and easy-to-read planning site and magazine for parents and kids embarking on this amazing experience.

Click through our pages for tips on planning, themes, mitzvah projects, hot ideas, and more — like a Q&A with Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory,” our bi-weekly humor column “Cantor Banter,” or have you kid read our “Torah Portion Tuesday,” feature in which the wise and funny Cantor Matt Axelrod, author of “Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide” breaks down each week’s parsha in a fun way.

We also provide tons of listings for local vendors. We publish new articles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and have an archive filled with tons of useful information — so get planning, already!

If you would like your kid’s bar or bat mitzvah featured on The Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide, or if you would like to write for the publication, please email editor Elyse Wanshel at with the subject line “Featured Family” or “New writer”.

If you would like to place an ad or be listed in our vendor directory, please contact our publisher, Cliff Luster, at

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Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide
One Metrotech Center, Suite 1001
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone, all departments: (718) 260-2500

Publisher Clifford Luster (718) 260-2504

Editor Elyse Wanshel (718) 260-2506

Art Director Leah Mitch (718) 260-4510

Web Designer Sylvan Migdal (718) 260-4509

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