Category Archives: Jewish Customs

Bar Mitzvah 101 – 5 Things You Need to Know

Bar mitzvahs can seem complicated with lots of foreign-sounding words and traditions that perhaps you haven’t quite yet mastered. When you break it down, however, the elements of a bar or bat mitzvah are really not that difficult to understand. … Continue reading

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The History of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

The bar and bat mitzvah have become quite the celebration in modern Judaism, but what were they like hundreds of years ago? It’s second nature nowadays to associate a bar or bat mitzvah with huge themed parties, catered food, and … Continue reading

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The Best Part of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

When dreaming of bar or bat mitzvah bliss most youngsters will imagine the party. . . the music, the dancing, the awesome games, and of course. . . the gifts! But most tend to not fantasize about their ‘amazing’ haftorah speech. … Continue reading

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Congratulations, “You’re a man!”?

“Today I am a man” — the traditional opening to a bar mitzvah speech — is not a piddling statement, especially coming from a 13-year-old. This incredible documentary preview got us thinking: what is it like growing into manhood in … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara Jewish Festival 2013

The wait is almost over for the 2013 Santa Barbara Jewish Festival! This Sunday, April 28, from 11 AM to 4 PM, members of the Santa Barbara Jewish community will come together at Oak Park for entertainment, dancing, activities, food, … Continue reading

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Israeli Independence Day Celebration

  On Tuesday, April 16, the Felici Events team celebrated Israeli Independence Day with members of the Jewish Federation and Santa Barbara Jewish community at the Congregation B’nai B’rith. This year marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the State of … Continue reading

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Neon Inspiration!!

Illuminate your Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a wild, wacky neon-themed reception!  If you want to go bold and make a statement, or just add a little flare to your invitations, cake, centerpieces, etc., then check out some of these ideas we … Continue reading

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Bar/Bat Mitzvahs 2.0

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are intended to signify a child’s understanding of the Tora and is a rite of passage into adulthood.  However, among some in the Jewish community, men and women who have reached the ripe old age of 83 may … Continue reading

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