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A Jones by Any Other (Married) Name

A Jones by Any Other (Married) Name

I recently got engaged, and despite the fact that my byline is short and simple, figuring out what to do about my last name will be tricky. While I write under the name Abigail Jones, my full name is Abigail Goldsmith Drachman-Jones. That’s eight syllables, 29 letters, four words and one punctuation mark. It’s a […]

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The Final Countdown…

The Final Countdown…

Here we go into the last Shabbos before what has become known around these parts as “The Big B.M.” Yes, total blasphemy to mix the sacred with the scatalogical, but the Yenta family has always met overwhelming circumstances with poopy humor. Sue us. I love this painting by Yemen-born, Boca Raton-based Chaim Parchi because it […]

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The Power of the Bat Mitzvah

The Power of the Bat Mitzvah

When I was brought on board at the Lev LaLev Fund in May 2011, I was asked if I could run the bat mitzvah project program. I thought, sure, how hard could it be? I was once a bat mitzvah girl too after all. Yet, a year later, as I was writing about the 15th anniversary […]

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Arad Creates Hanukkah ‘Miracle’ for Chabad Women

Arad Creates Hanukkah 'Miracle' for Chabad Women

On the eighth day of Hanukkah, the annual National Chabad-Lubavitch Women’s Convention is set to take place in the scenic northern Negev resort city of Arad –but few of the participants who arrive will realize what a miracle it took to make it happen. Thousands of invitations had already gone out for the Dec. 16 […]

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Friends Seminary Plays Bait, Switch on Anti-Semitism

Friends Seminary Plays Bait, Switch on Anti-Semitism

The Friends Seminary of New York, which invited the notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon to one of its classes, and assigned its students to read his hate-filled writings, has now backed out of an agreement to invite me to the school to talk to the students about the evils of anti-Semitism. The headmaster of the Friends […]

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Independence Hall Museum

Independence Hall Museum, Israel

Independence Hall Museum stood firm and steadfast in the historic Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, Israel. This hall symbolizes the unwavering and unbendable faith and strength of Israel under years of tyranny, persecution and sufferings. In this very hall, in May 14, 1948, Friday at exactly 4 pm, the first Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion declared the […]

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A Different Path For Women’s Torah Learning

A Different Path For Women’s Torah Learning

They mourned when Shira Smiles traded the hills of Hollywood for the heights of Ramat Beit Shemesh, leaving behind a small army of ardent followers. They kept up the connection through a regular video feed. Now, they have one more way to stay in touch with their beloved teacher. Feldheim has published Torah Tapestries, her […]

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Hanukkah Party Invitations

Hanukkah Party Invitations

Hanukkah is a good time to host a party for your family and friends. The first thing that you will have to do is to make Hanukkah invitations. You can buy customized invitation cards in print shops but if you are working on a budget, you can create your own invitation cards. The process of […]

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Bat Mitzvah Party Themes and Ideas

Bat Mitzvah Party Themes and Ideas

A Bat Mitzvah is one of the highlights of a Jewish girl’s life. Planning for her bat mitzvah can be exciting. Choosing the party theme, making invitations and decorations, and preparing the food require much attention to make this event a memorable one for the celebrant and fun for all guests. The Bat Mitzvah theme […]

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Mitzvah Invitations – Planning in Advance

Mitzvah Invitations – Planning in Advance

According to traditional Jewish traditions, the thirteen year old child who is still a fan of Saturday morning cartoons and is not even considering dating or driving anytime soon, is old enough to become a full fledged member of the Jewish congregation. Preparation for this mitzvah ceremony and celebration begins long before the child in […]

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Discount Bat Mitzvah Invitations – Pretty Yet Affordable

Discount Bat Mitzvah Invitations – Pretty Yet Affordable

There comes a time in every Jewish girl’s life where it is time she comes of age according to Jewish tradition. This tradition includes a ceremony in the synagogue or temple with a fun party to follow. Including all family and friends in the celebration makes the day a truly special one for the young […]

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Discount Bar Mitzvah Invitations – Cutting Costs Not Quality

Discount Bar Mitzvah Invitations – Cutting Costs Not Quality

The Jewish boy grows up knowing that his thirteenth year is the coming of age year according to the Jewish tradition. This milestone, called a bar mitzvah, is marked with a meaningful ceremony and a great celebration to follow. Typically all family members and friends are invited to celebrate this occasion with the child and […]

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How to Prepare Your Own Jewish Wedding Program

How to Prepare Your Own Jewish Wedding Program

Jewish wedding programs are a great way to outline the events of your wedding. The program is specifically important if you have guests who are non-practicing Jews or if you have an interfaith wedding. It will guide your guests to unfamiliar rituals incorporated in your wedding. Here’s how you can create your own Jewish wedding […]

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Bat Mitzvah Invites – When to Send

Bat Mitzvah Invites – When to Send

The bat mitzvah celebration is a monumental occasion in the Jewish girl’s life that should be a memorable, precious experience for her and her family. When sending out bat mitzvah invites, it is important that all family and close friends are included in the celebration of the special girl’s coming-of-age. As with all milestone ceremonies […]

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Bat Mitzvah Invitations Wording – Where to Begin

Bat Mitzvah Invitations Wording – Where to Begin

Choosing the invitations for a Jewish girl’s bat mitzvah is a fun yet important part of the list of things to do for the ceremony and party that follows. It is important that the bat mitzvah invitations wording not only gives all the pertinent details and necessary information, but that the desired tone is achieved […]

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Bat Mitzvah Invitations – Details and Notes

Bat Mitzvah Invitations – Details and Notes

Bat Mitzvah ceremonies and parties are huge milestones for both the girl coming of age and her family. From the bat mitzvah invitations to the ceremony specifics to the party details, there is so much to consider in the months before the actual event. When planning, it is important to realize that the invitation sent […]

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Bar Mitzvah Invitations – Planning and Announcing

Bar Mitzvah Invitations – Planning and Announcing

Planning the bar mitzvah for a coming of age Jewish boy is a big deal. This is both a religious and a maturity milestone for the boy in question. Bar mitzvah invitations for the ceremony and the accompanying parties or receptions are important to ensure the news is out and folks will come to celebrate. […]

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Bar Mitzvah Invitation – Choosing the Style

Bar Mitzvah Invitation – Choosing the Style

A bar mitzvah is such an important occasion in the life of a Jewish boy. Marking his transition from boyhood to manhood according to Jewish tradition is a big milestone for the parents as well as the boy. Choosing the style of the bar mitzvah invitation is but one of the many things on the […]

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How to Act Properly When Attending a Jewish Wedding

How to Act Properly When Attending a Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings are typically full of rituals representing the importance of the relationship of husband and wife and their obligations to a Jewish lifestyle.  As a guest, it is of much importance to understand the basics of Jewish weddings and to behave properly. I have listed below some tips on how to act appropriately when attending […]

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Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Invitations – Express Yourself!

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitation

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a very special time for your child.  It’s a rite of passage to adulthood that every Jewish person gets to pass through.  It is celebrated among those that mean the most to you.  When deciding on what to look for and how your Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah invitations […]

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The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Book

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Book

Joyful Ceremonies and Clebrations for Today’s Familiesby Linda Burghardt For anyone planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah this friendly, upbeat guide will help you create a service and celebration that’s right for you! To enjoy a festive, spiritually rewarding Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you need to understand the meaning of this revered rite of passage […]

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The Complete Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Planner

The Complete Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Planner

Indispensable, money-saving workbookby Linda S. Sage An all-inclusive guide, written in a user-friendly, clear, easy-to-follow format, that covers every aspect of planning the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah. With handy countdown and checklists, parents can feel well-organized and assured that no detail is overlooked. Also discover helpful hints for choosing the photographer, videographer, musicians, florist, […]

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Jewish Weddings

Jewish Weddings

A Beautiful Guide to Creating the Wedding of Your Dreamsby Rita Milos Brownstein Beginning with a brief history of the Jewish weddings (including wonderful stories of barshert, couples whose love was clearly meant to be), Brownstein guides the bride and groom through the pleasures of the engagement party and Jewish bridal shower to choosing a […]

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Mazel Tov Planner

Mazel Tov Planner

Organize your next simcha. Here is a program that will save you time and money. Next Bar/Bat Mitzvah or wedding use Mazal Tov Planner…. You will finally free yourself of all the paperwork and simple mistakes that are bound to happen during any Simcha. This program will help you from Invitations, to Thank You cards. […]

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The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition

The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition

A hands-on guide to new & old traditions, ceremonies & celebrations.by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer Enrich your wedding with your own creative use of Jewish ritual and tradition. Wedding planning can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of all the detailsdeciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the receptioncan sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about […]

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Ani L’Dodi Wedding Memory Box – Wood

Ani L'Dodi Wedding Memory Box - Wood

with 25 ‘wish cards’by Artist Sherry Smith and Artist Pauline Cordeiro A special keepsake for life’s special moments… From shower to Golden Anniversary, these handcrafted wood memory boxes can store treasured momentos like invitations, programs, favors, photos – ideal for gift envelopes on reception table. Interlocked hearts are painted on each side panel. Inside lid […]

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Invitation Keepsake Box

Invitation Keepsake Box

Custom Madeby Artist Susan Fullenbaum Your invitation or announcement is framed under the lid. The colors of the stained glass enhance the design of the invitation. You send us your invitation and Susan will build a box around it. Specify color or leave it to artist Susan Fullenbaum. Available in two sizes: Small for invitations […]

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Wedding Glass Invitation Cube – Lucite

Wedding Glass Invitation Cube - Lucite

Give the ultimate one-of-a-kind gift to the bride and groom. Send in the actual broken glass or bulb from the ceremony and the wedding invitation. They will be combined in a clear Lucite ‘cube’ for you to give to the happy couple. This clear Lucite cube is guaranteed by the artisan never to fade or […]

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Israel Photo Collection

Israel Photo Collection

The magnificence and splendor of the land of Israel comes alive in this CD-ROM that features 200 sparkling, full-color images of the best known sites of the Holy Land. We’ve captured the unique beauty of the most famous places in Israel – the Golan, the Galil, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Negev and more! Perfect for […]

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Israel Photo Collection

Israel Photo Collection

Publisher: Davka The magnificence and splendor of the land of Israel comes alive in this CD-ROM that features 200 sparkling, full-color images of the best known sites of the Holy Land. We?ve captured the unique beauty of the most famous places in Israel – the Golan, the Galil, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Negev and more! […]

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