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A girl becomes religious mature responsible to fulfill her commandments at the age of twelve. Bat Mitzvah Literally Bat Mitzvah means daughter of commandment and expecting the young woman now responsible to observe all of her Mitzvot like lightening the Shabbat candles. In orthodox communities, the bat mitzvah is more often marked with a family celebration than a religious ritual. If an orthodox girl wants to celebrate her bat mitzvah by reading Torah or leading a prayer service, then this is generally done in the presence of women only. Of course the Bat Mitzvah occasion is a cause for great celebration and gratitude to G-d, and hence the Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Indeed one becomes Bat Mitzvah automatically on one's twelfth birthday and thus responsible, with or without a party!
Bat Mitzvah Traditions
Among traditional Jews, Bat Mitzvah was often celebrated by a small party or festive meal at the girl‘s home. More recently, in more liberal communities, as the Jewish education of girls has become nearly identical to that of boys. Thus a development of Bat Mitzvah ceremonies within Orthodoxy is the creation of women‘s prayer groups where women among themselves lead services and read Torah and haphtarah. Same development can be seen in the conservative and reform congregations where an egalitarian process evolved. In those congregations the Bat Mitzvahs girls can have an aliyah, aufruf, with amended blessings, can read the Torah, and even lead services. In some conservative congregations girls have begun to observe the occasion by giving talks from the pulpit after the service, either on the Torah portion or on some other aspect of women‘s ritual involvement. Although women are exempt from some of the mitzvot a man has to observe many women feel that they would like to keep these amendments and feel egalitarian. Women hear the Shofar, say Shema and wear a Tallit. Thus for the last century women began adorning themselves with a tallit when going to synagogue. Read more about the women‘s Tallit by clicking the link. The religious ceremony is a most important part of the Bat mitzvah yet the celebration that follows should also be a memorable occasion for the Bat Mitzvah girl. The party that can be either at home or marked with a Kiddush in synagogue is an occasion that will let everyone know that the Bat Mitzvah girl has reached the age of daughter of command.
Bat Mitzvah Gifts
Every time you are invited for a Bat Mitzvah you find yourself asking: Should one give gifts for a bat mitzvah? If your answer is yes what kind of gift is appropriate for a Bat Mitzvah girl? So now you find yourself looking for Bat Mitzvah Gift ideas We at Gans have a great variety of gifts and recommend bringing a Judaic Bat Mitzvah gift such as Kiddush cup, Shabbat candleholders for at home or when traveling, a Grogger, or a Chanukah Menorah. A Bat Mitzvah plaque with all the details of The Bat Mitzvah ceremony like: name, date, Parasha, and Synagogue is a perfect gift that will make the Bat Mitzvah girl remember this happy day. A lovely idea is to bring the Bat Mitzvah girl an illustrated and framed blessing for girls. An Eshet Chayil art piece is appropriate at such occasion. We have many artists who have illustrated this verse. One very outstanding and meaningful Bat Mitzvah gift idea is giving the girl her special portion Facsimile from a Torah scroll that was rescued from the holocaust. To see a torah Portion please click the link. Bring the girl an ancient map replica of Israel that will make her curious and maybe be a start of a collection later in life. A piece of Judaic jewelry will surely be appreciated by the Bat Mitzvah girl. We have necklaces, bracelets, and pendants with Judaic symbols that every girl and young women will be happy to call theirs. If you are looking for a gift and are still undecided please drop us a note with the details and your budget through the contact us link and we will give you some more specific ideas. All the Bat Mitzvah Gifts from Gans are by Israeli artist and come to you from Israel. And last but not least, how about giving the Bat Mitzvah celebrant a gift Certificate from Gans Jerusalem that will enable her to choose something she likes from our vast collection.
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Bat Mitzvah Gift Registry
The Bat Mitzvah will be celebrated soon. The excitement must be great and the preparation on their way. Every Bat Mitzvah girl would love to get gifts on his happy event. The Gans team wishes you Mazal tov on becoming Bat Mitzvah and invites you to register for this important Jewish event By creating an online Bat Mitzvah gift registry at Gans Jerusalem gifts and Judaica you make sure the celebrant get exactly what she wishes for. Whenever a gift will be purchased the Bat Mitzvah girl will be notified and a note will be placed that this gift was already purchased so no gift will be bought more than once and the hassle of exchange will be eliminated. At Gans you will find all the gifts of significance for the new life as a Jewish woman; everything from a door sign for the girls room to a beautiful Shabbat candle holders, from memo pads for the desk to Tzdakah boxes and Menorahs, everything can be found in the extensive Bat Mitzvah gift registry that you can create on line by clicking the link. Please contact us with the name of the Bat Mitzvah girl, the date and a list of items the Bat Mitzvah girl would like to have on her gift list. Please do not hesitate to contact us ask questions and requests we will do our utmost to assist you as soon as possible. And lastly a word of advice; Include a link to the Bat Mitzvah gift registry on your invitation and personal website, if you have one, making it easy for guests to purchase gifts. Everyone will love how convenient you have made the gift-giving process for them!
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Bat Mitzvah Planning
Planning the Bat Mitzvah celebration is very important and can be much easier when you plan well in advance. Of course you want the Bat Mitzvah Simcha become a memorable and meaningful event that the Bat Mitzvah girl, you, and your family will remember for a lifetime. Remember that good organization in advance is the key to your memorable Bat Mitzvah celebration and planning well in advance will prevent mistakes, and save money. Prepare a checklist of everything you need to do with dates so nothing will be forgotten. To help you with your planning we set this Bat Mitzvah planning guide for your convenience. First you have to set the date and Torah Portion. You will find many websites giving you the Hebrew dates or consider conferring with your Rabbi to find out the accurate Bat Mitzvah date. Once you set the date check the availability at your synagogue and save and book the date and speak to the Rabbi there what kind of event will take place in synagogue. This should be done at least a year in advance. Now is the time to consider having a Kiddush at the synagogue in honor of the Bat Mitzvah girl and what other celebration you'd like to have. If you have friends and family from out of town and or in your neighborhood it will be nice to invite them to a Friday Evening Shabbat Dinner before the big event and a Sunday brunch after. Do you have guests who will come from far away that you will have to host for the Bat Mitzvah Shabbat? Where will they stay? Arrange out-of-town guest accommodations. Will you need other facilities than just your home? Will they stay at your home, at neighbors, a hotel nearby? Apart from the ceremony in synagogue you will most probably like to have a separate celebration for the friends of the Bat Mitzvah girl. Decide on the theme and style of the Simcha event. Confer with the girl to make sure you know what her expectations of this happy event are and choose one that will suit her, your lifestyle, and budget. Remember that the size of the event is not important. The goal is to make it a memorable and meaningful event that the Bat Mitzvah girl will remember for a lifetime. Select the Bat Mitzvah Party Theme. There are many Bat Mitzvah theme party ideas. To chose a Bat Mitzvah Party you have to decide if you like the theme be connected to her name – Tamar, Ruth, Ayelet etc, be connected to date and time of the year like Chanukah, Purim or summer, or a more general theme like a book, a movie, a color or a place. A beautiful idea is to include a community service, Tzedaka project, into the Bat Mitzvah celebration. This will add meaning to the memorable event. Now is the time to consider the costs of decorations, DJ, and catering. Most of these costs can be kept minimal if you turn it in to a ''Project'' and let the kids share in the preparations. This will add lots of fun to the planning and start the joy a long time in advance. Of course the easy way out is to decide that you want to use a party planner who will coordinate all of the service providers for you. Develop a guest list with current addresses and E-mails. After you chose a scheme for the event its time to decide on the decoration theme and include this theme on the invitations, place setting and other party decorations. Think and prepare party games and activities Prepare invitations with direction cards. Always order more invitations than you think you are going to need as reprints of additional small quantities at the last moment will be costly. To know exactly how many guests will attend please request for confirmation of the attendance. Check as who will take pictures or video at the celebration. is somebody in the family willing and good enough or do you need to hire a photographer As time of the event approaches, about 2-3 month in advance, you will have to finalize all party selections such as menu, centerpieces, and decorations. Show your guests that you appreciate their attendance by Choosing Bat Mitzvah party favors for them. It will be nice if these will be theme and color related and will be given to the younger guests at the end of the Bat Mitzvah celebration. We at Gans Jerusalem will do our utmost to assist you in giving your celebration and favors the personal touch that will make them memorable. Many of your guests would like to know what gifts the Bat Mitzvah girl would like to get. The best and easiest way will be setting a gift registry like we at Gans Jerusalem carry and add a mention with a link on your invitations. This will enable the girl to get what she likes and avoid multiple same-gifts that she will have to exchange. About the same time send out the invitations: adding a number on the back of the response cards to correspond to your guest list will ensure accuracy. If the event will be around set tables finalize the seating plan after getting the replies. Now is the time to decide on the small but so important details as making appointments for hair stylists, barbers, and manicurists as needed for you and maybe for your guests too. A day in advance prepare hospitality baskets for your guests from outside town and Include a schedule of events and detailed directions with a small map for their convenience. After the event prepare show your gratitude to the hosts who let your guests stay with them. A small thank you chocolate box or fruit basket or some small item for their home will be appropriate. Last but not least prepare thank you notes that the Bat Mitzvah girl will send out after the event. Mazal Tov! to see our simcha favors please click the link.
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