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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #40 - Nov 10th, 2004, 9:49pm
 
Lynn,

I got it and sent you a message....hope you got it!-Nancy
THANKS again
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #41 - Nov 12th, 2004, 12:05am
 
wow! i've been away from the computer and this board for a while - I have missed so much!!  Too funny about all the deadheads and village hippies!!  I was one, too!...my best friend's kids were named Blue Cloud and Polly Crysta!! and she's no native american!!  time it was...

anyhow, my son's bm is june 25, which is right around when the schools here end.  I'm hoping the sleepaways pick up that sunday or monday, so his friends can come!  It was important for us to have out-of-town family come and stay a few days...also, some relatives from israel might be coming, so it works out better for them, too.

i have been worrying that many of the kids may be bored by then of the typical bm affair, so trying to think of things to make it "special" without too much cost... my son insists on the regular format - cocktail hour, reception, dj, etc... so i'm having a hard time...

we are combining the kiddush with the cocktail hour - our caterer always provides more than enough food, and we will just make it a bit longer....(the congregation is quite small) and there will be some seats for the older folks...the dj will be involving the kids... I guess we'll do the Motzi and Kiddush in the sanctuary before we exit...

we've decided to do a WinePouring instead of Candlelighting which I think will be a bit more meaningful...The "theme" is Israel so I'm hoping to include some different menu items...together with some israeli snacks and drinks for the kids..

But I don't know what else... any suggestions on how to make it "different" yet traditional??

looking forward to meeting many of you on 1/29!  And mazal tov to all the BM's this weekend!!

sorry so long....take good care, machu
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #42 - Nov 12th, 2004, 2:08am
 
Machu,
I like the idea of combining the kiddush with the cocktail hour, mainly because we did the same thing for our middle child.  I sent you a private message with a little more detail.
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #43 - Nov 12th, 2004, 6:31pm
 
dear mom23,

Dont worry- Im not even having a dance for my Bat Mitzvah! instead, Im going to South Africa to visit my mom's side of the family. my bat will laso be a bit unconventional
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #44 - Nov 12th, 2004, 6:49pm
 
machu:  
re:
we've decided to do a WinePouring instead of Candlelighting which I think will be a bit more meaningful...

could you tell me how the wine pouring works.  I could go for something different.  Are there poems with it?
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #45 - Nov 13th, 2004, 11:14pm
 
Well, I'm not quite sure how the "winepouring" will work, but here's what I envision:  I would like to paint some styrofoam blocks of different sizes in blue.  I would like to ask the people being honored to bring a silver Kiddush cup (if they have - most will) I will have extras in case.  We'll place the cups on the blocks and have some wine in each.  We will also have one large clear wine glass (or oversized brandy snifter?) in the middle.

My son likes the little poems, but I don't.  I might ask some honorees to write their own prayers and wishes for my son. But for most, I would prepare little cards for the honorees to read, with meaningful wishes for the BM boy - maybe things from Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) or Bartlett's Quotations or other such type of thing...not sure yet...The honorees would pour their wine into the large glass, adding to the wishes, and smile for the photo op...Not sure how it would end, since my son definitely will NOT be drinking the whole glass of wine!!

Again, this is not a definite...and still needs some work, but...   any ideas??
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #46 - Nov 13th, 2004, 11:18pm
 
sorry, i forgot to add that we might do Virtues instead of sayings... like being Respectful, Trustworthy, Honest, etc..  

Also, each honoree will be given a framed certificate from Magen David Adom, my son's mitzvah project recipient...
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Re: unconventional Bar Mitzvah
Reply #47 - Mar 8th, 2018, 12:22pm
 
I know this post is from a long time ago, but if anyone is reading, curious to hear what others have done to have an "unconventional" mitzvah and celebration, especially when you're in a situation where your kid likes the idea of the big bells-and-whistles party, but you (the parent) would like to find another way to do it...but something that isn't a snooze-fest for the kids invited. (Oh, and also add to that, my son's friend guest list isn't all that big, so I'm not even sure a smaller # of kids supports the whole DJ, party MC type of thing.....)
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