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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Checklist  
   
   
  • Two Years Beforehand

    Choose a date and time for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah:
    Dates get taken quickly, so the sooner you get your slot the better.
    It's best to consult with your synagogue.

    Contract an instructor for your child:
    When your child is called to the bima, he or she will be asked to sing a portion of the Torah. A competent teacher will give your child what they need to succeed in this endeavor.

  • One Year Beforehand

    Contract reception hall:
    Make sure that the hall can accomodate the amount of guests that you are inviting. Also, find out about overtime charges, if any.

    Hire a disc jockey or band:
    Look in on another party where the DJ or Band is playing.
    Talk to them about what types of music, games and giveaways are available.

    Retain a caterer:
    Get some recommendations from friends. The reception hall may have some recommendations, or they may have an in-house caterer. You may be able to get a good deal by booking both. Ask about a tasting interview where you can sample hor hors d'oeuvres and main courses.

  • Nine Months Beforehand

    Start child's religious instruction:

    Your hired instructor is a very important component in the preparation for the Bar/Mitzvah ceremony. Once-a-week lessons will help build confidence and ease any nervous feelings felt during the actual ceremony.

  • Six Months Beforehand

    Select and order your invitations:
    A competent printer will be able to assist you with the selection and creation of your invitations. Remember, there are a mind-boggling amount of different styles and typefaces to choose from. Choose a style that fits your child's personality and your budget.

  • Three Months Beforehand

    Complete your guest list:
    Your final tally should be given to the caterer, florist and reception hall, since it affects the food amount, number of centerpieces and number of tables, respectively.

  • Two Months Beforehand

    Send out your invitations:
    Be sure to include directions to the synagogue and reception hall.

    Touch base with the caterer and finalize catering arrangements:
    This is a good idea, especially if you have any last minute food changes to make.

    Order your centerpieces and party favors:
    Centerpieces may be ordered from your florist. Party favors may be ordered from your local party center, online, or from a mail-order catalog.

    Decide on those called to the bima for an aliyah:
    Talk with your Rabbi about this.

  • Three Weeks Beforehand

    Finalize seating arrangements:
    Use a table chart, which you can easily make.

    Create your placecards:
    You may do this yourself or have your printer do it.

  • One Week Beforehand

    Wrap your party favors:
    Simple party bags with handles are OK and can be purchased at any local party store.

    Confirm:
    Music:
    Band, solo musician or DJ.
    Caterer: On or off the premises.
    Florist: Ceremony and centerpieces.

  • The Day Of Bar/Bat Mitzvah

    Final all-around check:
    Ceremony and reception.
     

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