Bar and Bat Mitzvah Guide for Guests
Have you been invited to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? A little out of your comfort zone?
Here's a quick and easy guide that everyone should read before attending a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Don't worry. This is not rocket science.
What is a Bar Mitzvah?
When a young Jewish male turns 13 years old, he becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism. Bar Mitzvah translated means "son of the commandments".
What is a Bat Mitzvah?
When a young Jewish female turns 13 years old, she also becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism. Literally translated, Bat Mitzvah means "daughter of the commandments".
What do you wear to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
Guests dress the same way to Synagogue as they would to a Church. Men would wear a suit or dress slacks, tie and jacket. Women would wear a nice dress or formal pantsuit.
If the celebration continues with an after-party in the evening, dress appropriately for the venue. It could range from glamorous to casual. Take your cue from the invitations.
Behavior in the Sanctuary Dos and Don'ts
No smoking in or around the synagogue
No cell phone use
No picture taking
No talking during the service
No writing during the service
Do follow the instructions of the rabbi to stand. This is just a sign of respect regardless of your own religion.
You are not required to bow during the service. Bowing does have a religious significance. You can remain standing or you can sit down at that point if you wish.
Gifts for the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah
Gifts are generally brought to the after-party which will feature a gift table. Make certain your card to taped to the box and not merely tucked.
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Theme Ideas
From the Save The Dates to the party favors, it's generally expected to have a party theme. The theme should be relevant to the child's interests.
Here are some great party themes ideas to help you get started:
* Bat Mitzvah Theme: Classic Art
* Bat Mitzvah Theme: CandyLand
* Bat Mitzvah Theme: Fashion Week
* Bat Mitzvah Theme: Beach Lounge
* Bat Mitzvah Themes: Beach; Rainbow; Neon; Glow in the Dark
* Bat Mitzvah Themes: Rainbow; Beach; Neon; Summer; Primary Colors; Candy; Carnival
* Bat Mitzvah Themes; Rainbows; CandyLand: Carnival; Modern Art
* Bar Mitzvah Theme: Skateboarding
* Bar Mitzvah Theme: Super Heroes, Pop Culture; Cartoon Charcters; Pez Collectors
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Themes: Sports
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Themes: Basketball; Lakers; Celtics
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Theme: Rock 'n' Roll; Elvis; Guitar; Music; Band
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Themes: Techie; Future; Science
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Themes: Sports; Soccer; Navy and Lime Green
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Themes: Neon; Glow in the Dark
* Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Theme: Apps; Snapchat
* Bat Mitzvah Themes: Shopping: Glam: Crystals; Pink; Chandeliers
* Bar Bat Mitzvah Theme: Disco; Night Club; Saturday Night Fever; The 70's
* Bat Mitzvah Party Theme: Fire and Ice; Winter; Blue
* Bat Mitzvah Party Theme: Pink
* Bat Mitzvah Party Theme: Fashion; Design
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Theme: Broadway; Theater; Acting;
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Theme: Carnival; Circus
* Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Themes: Broadway; Times Square; New York; Theater Arts
* Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Party Theme: Apps; Social Media
* Bat Mitzvah Party Themes: Shopping; Glamour; Madison Avenue; Rodeo Drive; Fashion; Million Dollar Mile