The milestone event in a Jewish boy's life is the transition to manhood. At the age of 13, the boy becomes a full member of the congregation and can take part in religious functions as a man!
from the Torah accent the history of this tradition and illuminate the wonderful fabric of the Jewish heritage they carry forward. The party after the ceremony is also rich in tradition, but the main focus is having FUN!
Planning a Bar Mitzvah
How to make sure your Bar Mitzvah party celebration is a big success? It usually calls for all the miliatry precision and timing of a wedding planner -- as you coordinate the ceremony at the synagogue, set a budget, arrange the guest list, book the caterer and/or the banquet hall (or scout out specific teen party venues) and send out invitations.
Hiring a DJ or arranging a good party music mix has become a big part of the modern Bar Mitzvah scene, as well. For years of memories, also plan on hiring a photographer who specializes in big family party events.
In the whirlwind of preparation, also remember to keep the guest of honor in the loop. Discuss his preferences for the party venue and entertainment, as well a favorite teen party themes such as a sports party, a Hollywood theme party or even a festive Hawaiian luau!
More about Bar Mitzvah parties & ceremonies around the Web:
Elsewhere around the Web, find out more and get expert advice on Bar Mitzvah planning - featuring additional tips on where to find party halls and DJ's, related invitation wording, seating arrangements, speeches, toasts and more.
My Bar Mitzvah - Everything you need to know, from history and traditions to all the Maftirs and Haftorahs, plus a searchable database of speeches and stories, invitation how-to's and other helpful tips and hints for making your Bar Mitzvah a success.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Guide - The complete countdown with suggestions and advice on what to do year by year, and month by month, from the formal Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons to the final seating arrangements for the big day.
Bar Mitzvah Find It!
- Bar Mitzvah party planning site searchable by U.S. state or category, including music and DJ's, caterers, party favors, gifts and Judaica, event photographers, videographers and lots more.
Judaism 101: Bar Mitzvah, Bat mitzvah and Confirmation - "Bar Mitzvah" literally means "son of the commandment" with more basic background on the religious traditions and significance surrounding the bar mitzvah ceremony.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
- A brief history from Wikipedia from medieval times to the present with some interesting facts on the origin of bat mitzvahs for girls in the Reformed Jewish movement.