Jewish Journal

  • How to Succeed in B’nai Mitzvah Without Really Trying!

    by Todd Shotz

    June 24, 2009 | 9:37 pm

    So you want to have a bar or bat mitzvah ... good. Here are a few tips on how to make it through the year leading up to the big day.

    Managing Parental Stress
    First, your parents will inevitably go crazy. Slowly, over time, you’ll see the telltale signs. It is important to detect...

  • Write Your Best Speech for the Big Day

    by Gail A. Greenberg

    June 24, 2009 | 9:21 pm

    If you were the greatest, most eloquent writer in the world, how would you tackle the job of summarizing your feelings for your child?

    Resuscitated people who say they’ve glimpsed heaven report that there are luminous colors there we’ve never seen on earth. Perhaps there are...

  • How to Choose a Mitzvah Project

    by Rabbi Dara Frimmer

    June 24, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    Before you jump into the process of choosing a mitzvah project, consider the following question: Why are we asking our b’nai mitzvah students to complete 10 hours of service work in the midst of an otherwise overprogrammed, stressful time in their lives?

    If you can remember the...

  • Party Like a (Bar Mitzvah) Rock Star

    By Karla S. Blume

    June 24, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    Most parents are willing to do anything to make their kids’ dream bar or bat mitzvah celebration come true, even if it means fulfilling rock-star ambitions — be they genuine or virtual.

    If your son or daughter spends hours in the garage jamming on a guitar with friends or in...

  • What Your Rabbi Should Ask Your Child

    by Michele Alperin, Contributing Writer

    June 24, 2009 | 8:54 pm

    When rabbis meet individually with students and their families as the bar or bat mitzvah date approaches, it gives them a chance to deepen the relationship outside of the weekly classes and Shabbat services. For many rabbis, these conversations are key to personalizing the bar/bat...

  • Plan A Party BudgetWith Your Teen (Yes, It’s Possible)

    by Michele Golland

    June 24, 2009 | 8:48 pm

    Planning a bar or bat mitzvah can be stressful enough, but add difficult economic times and it can be a downright frightening and challenging time emotionally. Let’s face it — communicating with a teenager is not easy in the first place, but add high expectations for their big...

  • Navigating Interfaith B’nai Mitzvah

    by Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    June 24, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    “Rabbi, my parents and siblings have never been to a Jewish service before. I don’t want them to be uncomfortable at Darci’s bat mitzvah. What should I do?”

    “My husband is Catholic and really never comes to anything at the synagogue. He has always left the kids’...

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