Guest Etiquette on Bar Mitzvah

Have you  been invited to a Bar Mitzvah? If it is your first time to attend one, it is very important to learn about the proper Bar Mitzvah etiquette. Maintaining proper decorum when attending such occasion will make a good impression on your host and will spare you from embarrassment.

  • The most important part of Bar Mitzvah is the religious service. Never skip this one and only attend the party.
  • Part of Bar Mitzvah are some religious customs like dances and other ceremonies. If you are attending a Bar Mitzvah, make sure to participate in these customs.
  • Male guests should bring a yarmulke (skullcap) and female guests, a cloth head covering.
  • Be on time. As with other social gatherings, it is of great importance to arrive on time.
  • Dress appropriately. If the dress code on the invite says formal, you should adhere to the dress code (tie and suit for men and formal dress for women).
  • Make sure that your mobile phone is turned off during the religious service. Avoid smoking in the synagogue.
  • When choosing a gift for the host, it is best to consider his interest. You can also ask the parents for gift ideas. Money is a common gift for Bar Mitzvah. The Bar Mitzvah boy will also appreciate gifts like phone gadgets, digital cameras, books, gift cards, and video games.
  • Make sure to greet the Bar Mitzvah boy and congratulate him on his ‘coming of age.’
  • Before leaving, say thank you to the Bar Mitzvah host.

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