The Ultimate Guide To Bar And Bat Mitzvahs: Spring 2013

Editor’s Note: Traditions & Transitions

My Big Day: Local Rabbis Remember Their Own Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

It’s All In The Details: Tips, Trends, And Sound Advice On Venues, Entertainment, Photography, Party Planners, Florists, And Other Key Elements Of A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration

A Time To Plan: A Step-By-Step Timetable For Planning Your Celebration

Parties To Remember: Photographer Sarah Merians And Entertainment Guru Darren Olarsch Recently Planned Bat Mitzvahs For Their Own Children—And Agreed To Share The Joy With Us

Great Gifts: Dare To Get Personal With These Bar/Bat Mitzvah Presents

What About The Parents? We All Know Whose Big Day It Is, But A Child’s Bar Or Bat Mitzvah Can Also Be A Good Time For Parents To Reconnect With Judaism And Strengthen Their Family Bonds

Good Deeds: Mitzvah Projects That Aid The Ailing

How Much? Our Handy Mitzvah Spreadsheet Allows You To Keep Track Of Your Expenses—And Hopefully Contain Them!

The Last Word: Everything Was Set For A Big Party Celebrating The Bar Mitzvah Of This Author’s Son—Until The Teen Revealed How He Really Felt