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18 Months before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Set your Bat Mitzvah date with a Synagogue
  • Discuss the type of celebration the Bat Mitzvah girl would like to have
  • Determine a budget by identifying, as a family, the top 3 priorities (Venue, Food, Music, Entertainment, Décor, Mitzvah Project, etc.)
  • Estimate the number of Bat Mitzvah guests you expect and book your reception hall and caterer
  • Book your photographer and videographer
12 Months before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Determine your Bat Mitzvah Torah and Haftarah portion
Alternatively, if your Bat Mitzvah falls around a Jewish Holiday you may want to learn about the special customs  and readings of that Holiday, ex: Megillat Esther on Purim
  • Start Bat Mitzvah lessons
If necessary, find a tutor
  • Begin thinking about potential Mitzvah Projects
If you need help brainstorming ideas contact Lev LaLev’s Sheena Levi at sheena@levlalev.com
  • Meet with your Rabbi, Rebbitzin or Cantor to understand the Bat Mitzvah process at your synagogue and answer any questions you may have
  • Begin to work on your guest list
It may be helpful to separate the list into “Must Haves” and “Nice to Haves”
  • Check for Event Planners, if you are using one
  • Pick your Bat Mitzvah theme and color scheme
  • Book the band or DJ
Consider booking alternate entertainment such as magicians, caricaturists, virtual reality games, photo favors, etc. 

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8 Months before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Start learning your Torah portion, Holiday customs and/or what it means to be, and what your responsibilities will be as, a Jewish woman
  • Start coordinating your Mitzvah Project event, fundraiser, craft project, etc.
If you need help contact Lev LaLev’s Sheena Levi at sheena@levlalev.com
  • Decide on Bat Mitzvah table centerpieces
Talk to florists or balloon artists about prices and designs for the synagogue service, the Kiddush table, and for table centerpieces
Consider Lev LaLev’s table cards to showcase your meaningful mitzvah project to your guests: http://www.levlalev.com/TableCardCenterPiece
  • Start looking at Bat Mitzvah invitation designs and prices
6 Months before the Bat Mitzvah
  • If necessary, book hotel block for out-of-town guests
  • Start shopping for any special Bat mitzvah clothing
    • Consider a Bat Mitzvah synagogue dress and possibly an evening outfit for a formal Bat Mitzvah celebration
    • Mom and dad, brothers and sisters may want new Bat Mitzvah clothing as well
    • Consider sponsoring a new outfit for an Israeli orphan girl’s Bat Mitzvah day too: www.levlalev.com/sponsorbatmitzvah
5 Months before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Order your Bat Mitzvah invitations
  • Order any special imprinted yarmulkes, benchers, etc.
  • Order Bat Mitzvah favors
  • Order or design your Bat Mitzvah sign-in board and guest book
  • Consider integrating your mitzvah project into your décor or asking the organization you chose to send some of their materials to showcase at your Bat Mitzvah
    • You may even wish to request that someone from the organization come and speak at your event
  • Select pictures and music to use in your Bat Mitzvah video

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3 Months before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Finalize your Bat Mitzvah guest list
  • Make a hotel packet for out-of-town guests
  • Make the final selections on Bat Mitzvah clothing and accessories
  • Have a completely assembled invitation weighed to ensure correct postage
    • Buy stamps for mailing Bar mitzvah invitations and for RSVP cards
  • Host your Mitzvah Project fundraiser, event or perform the Tikun Olam volunteer work of your choice
6-8 Weeks before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Mail your invitations
  • Send your Bat Mitzvah song list to the DJ/band
  • Develop and edit, or order, your special Bat Mitzvah video
  • Make appointments with florist/balloonist and place order  
  • Start developing your Bat Mitzvah speech  
1 Month before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Have final fittings done for Bat Mitzvah clothing 
  • Make hair stylist and manicure appointments 
  • Finalize your speeches and thank you’s and keep practicing them and your portion!  

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2-3 Weeks before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Choose people for aliyot and honors during the service 
  • Do Bat Mitzvah guest seating arrangements and send them to the reception hall 
  • Make sure arrangements are complete with venue, caterer, music, entertainment, décor etc. 
  • Send final instructions to Bat Mitzvah photographer and videographer 
  • Go over the event schedule with your synagogue and/or venue  
  • Order food for the Kiddush  
  • Pay all synagogue fees 
1 Week before the Bat Mitzvah
  • Take formal Bat Mitzvah family pictures
  • Meet with Bat Mitzvah caterer for final guest count
  • Make arrangements to get your guests from the airport to the hotel
The Bat Mitzvah Day
  • Relax, have fun and enjoy your accomplishments!
1 Month after the Bat Mitzvah
  • Complete your thank you cards 
  • Join Lev LaLev’s Beyond Bat Mitzvah club and learn how to continue the inspiration from your Bat Mitzvah into your new life as a Jewish Woman! http://www.levlalev.com/BeyondBatMitzvah




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