Long Island Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide

Serving as a coming of age ceremony for children being welcomed into the Jewish community, a bar/bat mitzvah is a key milestone that is celebrated with friends and family. Once a child has embraced the prospect of a life entertwined with the core elements of Judaism, a joyous celebration is most certainly in order. Regardless of the size of the planned gathering, which can range from intimate to monumental, there are quite a number of aspects to keep in mind. Thankfully, Long Islanders can turn to the tried-and-true advice of Mitzvah Market for all of their pressing bar/bat mitzvah questions. Below are some of our favorite pieces of information from the essential resource!

Local Destinations for Pre-Shoots
"Long Island and neighboring Brooklyn and Queens are filled with incredible backdrops for photography. From miles of pristine beaches and beautiful parks to historic Gold Coast mansions and world famous sports arenas, you can easily find a creative location for your Bar and Bat Mitzvah pre-shoot."

  • Montauk Point Lighthouse
  • Long Beach Boardwalk
  • Port Jefferson Harbor
  • Oheka Castle
  • Castle Gould at Sands Point Preserve
  • Old Westbury Gardens
  • Vanderbilt Mansion & Planetarium

Mitzvah Planning Timelines
"If it “takes a village to raise a child,” it can take at least that many people to plan that child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. It’s a lot to take on alone, so seek out help. Besides, it truly is more fun when you involve others."

Hidden Mitzvah Costs
"When you begin to plan your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration, it’s helpful to sit down and come up with a budget. That usually begins with a list of the various Vendors you will need to make your celebration special. But what about all the other hidden costs you might not be thinking about?"

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Logos A-Z
"The Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah logo is a party must-have! Some families have a great last name that can be incorporated into the Bar or Bat Mitzvah logo and others can do something clever with their child’s first name or initials."

Creative Ways To “Sign-In” At The Celebration
"At most Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, there is a book or board or something else creative so guests can “sign-in” and leave a special message for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child."

Creative Candle Lighting Displays For Your Celebration
"Bar Bat Mitzvah candle lighting ceremonies are a tradition many families like to include in their child’s celebration. Whether you are lighting one candle or thirteen, you’ll need a display. Some families are opting for creative alternatives to a traditional Bar Bat Mitzvah cake and candle lighting."

Candle Lighting Songs For Each Candle
"A candle lighting ceremony at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration is a tradition many families like to include. They are fun, but deciding on the perfect song for each candle can be stressful. Most kids are up-to-date on current music, but us parents sometimes need more help!"

Entrance Songs
"Among the many decisions that need to be made when planning your child’s Bar Bat Mitzvah celebration, one of them will be the entrance songs. In addition to the Bar Bat Mitzvah child making a special entrance, you may also want to plan a special moment for parent and sibling entrances. When it comes to knowing what’s trending in music, we suggest consulting with an expert."

Montage Songs
"Among the many decisions that need to be made when planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration is the selection of songs to go along with your child’s montage. As these memories are shared with your guests, make sure to select songs that are reflective of the pictures being shown in your montage."

Examples of Bar & Bat Mitzvah Celebrations On Long Island
Need a little more inspiration? Here are some of our fellow Long Islanders celebrating in a variety of traditional and creative ways!

Photos and content courtesy of Mitzvah Market