6 Slick Ways to Incorporate Technology in Your Bar Mitzvah Weekend

Going hi-tech can connect guests with your family’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah weekend in entirely new ways. Check out some top trends you can incorporate NOW!

Photo Sharing by App. Mag-nificent Instant Photo Magnets embraces selfie culture to capture every single snap of the weekend. The Mag-nificent app (you can share with guests before the weekend begins) places your custom photo frame inside guests’ cell cameras to frame each pic, and lets them upload to a shared gallery (no more missing out on Shabbat dinner photos or casual shots at the hotel pool!) Once the party begins, guests can have photo magnets made immediately from their pics taken by the wandering pro photographer or from cell pics. The Mitzvah family gets all the images in a shared gallery! The app’s next version will include sharing to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and via text.

Streaming Services. Several area synagogues are now streaming worship services online for those who can’t be there in person, and some videographers can provide this as well for those whose congregations don’t broadcast.

Tech Favors. Party favors get the tech treatment, too! Blue Rose Promotions produces many hi tech favors, including logoed cell phone accessories (phone wallets and card pockets are increasingly popular), ear buds, stylus pens, and even drones! Clothing and accessories bearing hashtags of the Mitzvah weekend (#Max’sMitzvah) also keep the party going afterward, with social sharing of the wearing.

Online Gifting. Even Tzedakah can go hi-tech! Try gifting dollars electronically with a site like www.jchoice.org, where Mitzvah kids can designate the charity they’d like to support. Mitzvah projects can also get a helping hand from social media posts or group funding sites like www.crowdrise.com.

Mitzvah Websites and Online RSVPs. Families can make Mitzvah weekend information easily accessed online – and even collect RSVPS. Mitzvah Memos creates custom web pages (and coordinating logos) for Mitzvah families, including links to weekend details, FAQs for friends, RSVPs for events, and out-of-towner info, including the ability to link directly to hotel reservations. Password protected sections can keep details private for only those invited (for example, the family-only Shabbat dinner) and web page designs can perfectly coordinate with printed invitations that direct to the url.

DIY Albums. Many parents are choosing to take their professionally taken photos from the Mitzvah weekend and create their own albums using web-based resources like www.adoramapix.com and www.mixbook.com to save money and put their own personal touch on the design (plus, most sites can turn around photo books SUPER fast!)

Digital Drawings. These are not your grandpa’s caricatures! Caricatures by Tony takes the art form online with digitized tablet drawings, where they can be shared via social media. Guests also get images in full color (a glossy print with Mitzvah kid personalization) and a link to digital downloads, plus real time viewing of the process projected on wall/screen.

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