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oday, with
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While we're used to the idea
with a destination bar mitzvah or
of booking a hall and caterer in
bat mitzvah. It can cost less to go our hometown, the idea of doing
away for a week than to pay for
it in another city, state or country
one large three-hour event.
can be intimidating. But with the
All sorts of options are avail-
Internet you can see, and some-
able. Among popular destina-
times even go on, "virtual tours"
tions for bar mitzvahs and bat
of venues. You can also maintain
mitzvahs are the historic syna-
close contact with everyone you
gogues with sand floors (used to
need to work with to make the
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held secretly) in St. Thomas and
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Curacao, the Costa Rican rain
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gogue in Barbados.
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Ellen Paderson owns Smiles and
cruises are also a great option
Miles Travel. She has arranged
— really fun for multigenera-
more than 5,000 trips, including
tional families. They can have
at 300-year old synagogues in San
the ceremony in the St. Thomas
St. Thomas and St. Martin.
synagogue during the port call or
See www.barmitzvahvacations.com
in the ship's
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emony and usually joins us at the
(This story was first published by
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Families should choose the
Jewish travel magazine.)
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