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  • Celebrating the Big Cheese on July 4th

    By Michael Israel

    July 1, 2013 | 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday USA! This week we celebrate July 4th, American Independence Day. Before we get into this week’s recipe, I would like to state how grateful I am to be living as a free Jew in the United States of America in 2013. Also, unlike the past few blogs this week’s recipe will...

  • Party planning from A to Z

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    April 17, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah is hard work, involving years of intense study and the courage to lead an entire congregation in prayer. Organizing a party to celebrate this milestone — well, that’s no picnic either.

    It can require meticulous planning and research so that the...

  • What happens to a Hebrew-School dropout?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    My 11-year-old son, Ari, is now a Hebrew-school dropout.

    I am aware that that’s the name of a comedy act and a line of T-shirts. But, for me, the phrase is not a punch line, but a punch in the gut.

    I imagine my response was just like parents whose kids drop out of high school:...

  • Snail mail or e-mail: How will your next invitation be sent?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home weeks...

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  • Unique party planning isn’t chopped liver

    By Michele Alperin

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some things never change, or do they? Bar and bat mitzvah parties overwhelmingly follow a recipe that everyone assumes is written in stone, said Gail Greenberg, creator of mitzvahchic.com. The only room for creativity, people think, is to have a unique theme.

    So why are people stuck?...

  • How to throw a great party for less than $3,000

    By Anne Phyllis Pinzow

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Live chamber music, canapes, games, photographs, food, food and more food, dances, drinks, sign-in card, table decorations, invitations, servers, flower arrangements, party favors and, of course, the appropriate clothing. The checklist for my oldest nephew's bar mitzvah went on and...
  • It’s the mitzvah, not the bar, that counts

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's been said that when it comes to raising children, the days go slow and the years go fast. As I find myself in the thick of planning my second son's bar mitzvah, these words ring all too true. But who has time for sentimentalism when you've got to pull off a colossal bar mitzvah...
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