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• Secure party location
• Check security arrangements
• Select entertainment
(disc jockey or band)
• Select photographer
• Select videographer

11 Months Before
• Review accomodations for out-of-
town guests
• Create list of out-of-towners
• Request a block of rooms from hotel
of choice
• Interview caterers

10 Months Before
• Determine Shabbat dinner and
Sunday brunch plans
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knit? If they do, then offer them the
mitzvah of making the challah cover
for the simcha. You will have a spe-
cially commissioned work of art for
your simcha. How many people can
say that?
Level six: Invite the senior citizen
who has made the challah cover to
the dinner as your guest and intro-
duce her to everyone as the artist who
made the challah cover that is being
used at this event for the very first
time.
If you do that, you will have two
mitzvot for the price of one: You will
have added a lovely new work of rit-
ual art to the simcha and you will
have fulfilled the mitzvah of bring-
ing out the radiance in the face of
our elders.
And the challah cover that made its
debut at this event can become a fam-
ily treasure to be taken out again at
the engagement party, at the wedding
and, if we are fortunate, at the sim-
chah of the bar mitzvah child's own
son's bar mitzvah.
And the child will have learned
some important lessons both about
how we treat bread and about how
we treat old people.
This is just one small example of
the kind of innovative thinking that
is found on almost every single page
of Siegel's book. If even a simple chal-
lah can provide so many different
opportunities for "Mitzvah izing,"
then so can every other detail and
every other aspect of the experience.
Every detail - the invitation, the
mitzvah project, the d'var torah, the
centerpiece — is an opportunity.
No matter how small a detail it
may be, it has the power to become a
method for doing good and, if it
does, then the benefits to the bar or
the bat mitzvah child and to everyone
else who is present are very great.
There is an old joke that you have
probably heard that explains why we
need this book so much:
An exhausted parent says after his
child's simchah: "If bar mitzvah is going
to get any more expensive, I hope that
the next one runs away and becomes
bar mitzvah at a justice of the peace."
For that parent and for all those
who understand what he is saying,
this book is a precious resource. So if
you know any family that is
approaching these days of stress and
trauma, get them this book. ❑

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Planning Checklist

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