Your teen’s bar/bat mitzvah date is approaching and you’re trying to adapt to the times… What do you do for the service, celebration, and even mitzvah projects?! Here are some of our favorite ideas that we’ve recently found to help your family and friends cheer, “MAZEL TOV!”
Planning Tools & Tips
Custom kippot have always been a popular addition to any mitzvah day. Help your theme hit home with custom masks to match!
Send each guest a care package to help them get in the spirit of the day. Along with kippot or masks, don’t forget the service program, a mini challah, and candy to toss at their cameras in celebration if that’s part of your synagogue’s tradition!
Stream your services so that your guests from around the world can watch your mitzvah kid’s big day! Hire a mitzvah streaming technology expert and moderator to manage the process and handle issues so that you can enjoy and relax.
If you don’t plan a celebration, invite digital service attendees to surprise the mitzvah teen on his or her way out of the synagogue post-service. They can shower him (gently) with candy and have an outdoor, pre-portioned Kiddush snack.
Hold your service at home, either inside or in the backyard. Rent tents, heaters, or even portable bathrooms... whatever you need to make it beautiful and comfortable for your guests. A home-based service allows for more personalization, and even your family pets can attend!
Everyone loves a food truck! Single-serve items, customizable menus, and clear social distancing make it easy to present a safe meal experience.
Does your mitzvah kid love to dance? You can still have a DJ and get your groove on! Set up a schedule so that only a few people can come to your backyard party at a time to dance it out and play fresh games with every group.
Mitzvah motorcade, drive-thru, car parade… whatever you call it, we love it! Have your guests decorate their cars, play music, and honk their way past your house as your family celebrates the mitzvah kid outside. Set up a lawn display by Sign Greeters to make it extra festive! Package goodie bags of favors or individual treats for guests to take home and enjoy.
Is the mitzvah kid feeling down about their cancelled Israel trip? Help them create a different kind of adventure! Fuel up for a road trip, go camping in your backyard, or give them guidelines and let them plan their own COVID-safe local travel experience. Or bring the sights and tastes of Israel to your celebration with a custom Israeli themed menu, imported candies and chocolate, and décor inspired by favorite cities.
Create a surprise group video for the guest of honor using a service like Vidhug or play a traditional montage on a loop on an outdoor screen for guests to view when they come by.
Instead of a traditional sign in, capture messages on an electronic invitation or mitzvah info site and have a calligrapher copy them onto pretty cards to keep in a memory box. A plexiglass panel can pull double duty for signed messages and safe high-fiving of the mitzvah teen.
Mitzvah Project Ideas:
Become pen pals/Zoom pals with local nursing home residents, and then invite them to your Zoom mitzvah!
Hold a virtual 5K race or fun run to raise money and donate to a cause close to your mitzvah kid’s heart.
Doing a drive-thru celebration? Ask your guests to bring canned or dry goods that your mitzvah kid can donate to a local food bank since so many families are experiencing food insecurity this year.
Create hand-tied blankets to be donated to local hospitals or homeless shelters.
Tech-savvy teen? Have them offer their services to local non-profits that may need assistance with updating their social media accounts or creating digital flyers to highlight greatest needs.