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 question actually turns thirteen. Mitzvah invitations must be planned down to the last detail to ensure the celebration will be a memorable success.

There are many things that should be considered and put into places a long time, even years before the mitzvah invitations are purchased and put in the mail for family and friends to join the family in celebration. Some of these things are for the child to do in preparation, some are for the parents in the planning and still others are aspects that both parents and the coming of age child will plan together.

  • Hebrew school- years before the mitzvah planning, the Jewish child is enrolled in Hebrew school. This type of education is part of being raised Jewish and will be in session for up to five years before the mitzvah year comes around.
  • Include the child- this ceremony and celebration are a huge milestone in the Jewish child’s life, something they have been told about and been planning for as long as they can remember. With that in mind, it is important to include the child in the planning from the party decor to the mitzvah invitations if that is what they wish. Discuss the venue for the party after the ceremony, whether it will be a recreation hall or a favorite restaurant or some other venue. Food and fun decisions should be made with the child, to ensure the party measures up to the mitzvah hopes.
  • Mark the date- it is a good idea to talk with the rabbi and reserve the date for the ceremony fairly far in advance. Often weddings and other mitzvah celebrations will vie for scheduling, so early is better. The formal training for the day’s festivities will likely start about six months before the date on the mitzvah invitations.
  • Menu plan- it is never too early to start thinking about the menu. Will it be a sit down meal with several courses? Will it be a buffet where a full meal is provided but all guests serve themselves? Maybe a buffet of finger foods where snacks and drinks are plentiful?

The options and details in planning the mitzvah abound and giving them all careful thought will ensure a successful and memorable ceremony and celebration for the Jewish child and his or her loved ones.

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