Chabad of Owings Mills Brings Meaning to Mid-Life Bat Mitzvahs

“I didn’t do it when I was 12, so why not now in my 50s,” Giselle Pincever said of the 10-part bat mitzvah study course she will be embarking on in November with at least nine other women at Chabad of Owings Mills. The course, the second of its kind for adults, had its impetus… Read More

Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah’s Golden Anniversary

When Alan Fink glanced at the calendar earlier this year and saw that the 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah was fast approaching, he knew it was time to start preparing. For most of the last 40 years, Fink, 63, of Baltimore had marked the occasion with modest get-togethers. He liked to keep things simple… Read More

Area Venues Provide Perfect Spaces

When there is family coming from across the country, possibly from around the world, to attend a bar or bat mitzvah, taking a look at the backyard and thinking, “We’re going to need more space!” is not an uncommon occurrence. Luckily for the Baltimore-area Jewish community, there are many options for exciting, stylish and hospitable… Read More

Creating the Theme: ‘The Goal Is Fun’

For Heidi Hiller, owner and creative director at Innovative Party Planners in Owings Mills, creating a theme is all about the bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl. “I personally want every single kid’s party to reflect them as much as possible,” she said. And she tries to go deeper with the themes. If a… Read More

Preparation Is Key

“Before anything else,” Alexander Graham Bell once said, “preparation is the key to success.” These sage words of advice imparted by one of history’s most significant communication innovators certainly hold true when it comes to one of the most important transitions in the life of a young man or woman. Despite the variety of themes,… Read More

5 Go-To Venues

A bar or bat mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime simchah that brings friends and family together for a joyous occasion to celebrate a Jewish child’s coming of age. Choosing a venue might seem like a daunting task consisting only of liking a space or not, but in reality, it is a crucial decision that sets the… Read More

Fashion! Turn to the Left

One crucial aspect of the b’nai mitzvah ceremony, not to mention post-party, is looking the part. “Thirteen is a very tricky age,” Synchronicity Boutique owner Karen Mazer said, amplifying her observation with the notion that in outfitting both younger and older persons alike, she and her staff have all manner of considerations to deal with… Read More

Getting the Party Started

There is an art to entertaining. Stand-up comedians need timing, warm-up guys need to be able to get a crowd excited without surpassing the main act. However, nothing surpasses the magic of the b’nai mitzvah emcee. “You can bring someone in to play music, but we specialize in entertainment,” said Doug Sandler, who has DJ’ed… Read More

Reflecting on Bar, Bat Mitzvah Experiences

Although it was more than 21 years ago, Andy Hoffman remembers his bar mitzvah party like it was yesterday. Hoffman, 34, owner of Gourmet Again, celebrated with about 175 family and friends at the Woodholme Country in Pikesville, where the theme of the night was golf. Each table had a different professional golfer whom Hoffman… Read More