Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah by Amy Nebens
Planning the Perfect Day

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Creating an unforgettable bar/bat mitzvah, the Jewish rite of passage for 13-year-old boys and girls, is a complex endeavor, involving not only the customs, rituals, and rules for the ceremony itself, but also the myriad of possibilities and details of throwing a fantastic party. Whether it's finding the right synagogue and selecting a mitzvah project or choosing party favors-such as Chinese takeout containers filled with colorful candy-this original new guide to planning a bar or bat mitzvah is filled with inspiring ideas.

Planning the Perfect Day outlines the history of the bar and bat mitzvah, offers options for menus, entertainment, decorations, and activities, and addresses the etiquette of hosting the event. With beautiful photographs that provide the party-giver with creative examples, this must-have primer will lead celebrants and their parents through the entire planning process. AUTHOR BIO: Amy Nebens, a former editor for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, writes articles for a variety of lifestyle, women's, and shelter publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Home, and Shop, Etc. Ellen Silverman is a New York-based still-life photographer whose specialty is lifestyle photography. Her work has appeared in numerous books including The Neiman Marcus Cookbook and Simple Stunning Weddings (STC) and such home and food magazines as Metropolitan Home and Real Simple. David Lewis Sternfeld is an award-winning photographer and videographer based in New York City and Montreal. He specializes in photographing bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, weddings, and corporate events. With business partner Avis Richards, he also produces documentary films.

About Amy Nebens

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Amy Nebens, a former editor for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, writes about lifestyle, entertaining and home decor. She is the author of numerous books including A Gracious Welcome: Etiquette and Ideas for Entertaining Houseguests, The Bride's Essential Wedding Planner and Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah: Planning the Perfect Day. Her articles appear in such publications as Martha Stewart Living, Cooking Light, and Shop, Etc. She lives with her family in Connecticut. Ellen Silverman's photographs appear regularloy in magazines such as Eating Well and Food & Wine, and she has photographed numerous cookbooks and cookbook covers. She maintains a studio in New York.
Published June 7, 2005 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. 144 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Cooking. Non-fiction

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With advice from professionals as well as parents and children who've been there, done that, the book describes the different types of services and the symbolism that's part of each, and gives ideas on how to personalize a service (a Hebrew term glossary and Torah primer are helpful additions).

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