Jewish Journal

Simple Synagogue Rules for Non-Jewish Guests

by Debbie L. Sklar, Contributing Writer

June 24, 2009 | 8:39 pm

Attending a bar/bat mitzvah can be confusing, and perhaps even daunting, especially for guests who aren’t Jewish.

Questions might arise such as: Can I wear black? Do I bring a gift? What... read full article

  • A Few Extra Steps Make Kosher-Observant Welcome

    by Lisa Armony, Contributing Writer

    June 24, 2009 | 8:26 pm

    If you’ve chosen non-kosher catering for the bar or bat mitzvah, you may still wish to accommodate guests who observe Jewish dietary laws. But with standards of kashrut observance varying from person to person, meeting everyone’s needs can get tricky.

    “There is no fast and...

  • Help Is Here for Planning a Ceremony in Israel

    by Judith Broder Sellner

    June 24, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    Given the negative press about over-the-top b’nai mitzvah celebrations, many families are rethinking the black-tie or other extravaganza, giving preference to true expressions of mitzvot. High on the list of alternatives is a trip to Israel, where the bar or bat mitzvah ceremony...

  • Pull Offa Bar or Bat Mitzvahon Time

    by Sharon Duke Estroff

    June 24, 2009 | 7:25 pm

    The stark reality is that unless we are: 1 — an organizational queen; 2 — married to the organizational king; or 3 — have nothing else to do (which is clearly not the case considering we are parents), planning our child’s bar or bat mitzvah promises to be profoundly...


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