Words Of Wisdom
By Dr. and Mrs. Mitzvah (aka David and Danielle Ockman, “Favor It Things“)
We celebrated our son Blake’s Bar Mitzvah on October 11, 2014 and can’t wait to share all the details in our Mitzvah Family Spotlight story – coming soon!
Here are some things we would like to share about our experience:
TOP 5 THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Start planning early—-it’s never too early
- You are the parent, you make the decisions
- It’s ok to make your reception as small or as large as you like! Celebrating a simcha is a mitzvah!
- Have a B’mitzvah “day of coordinator”—you cannot be dealing with all the details that day
- Things may be forgotten, no one will notice
TOP 5 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT PLANNING A B’MITZVAH RECEPTION
- Tradition should be respected, don’t be “so unique” that you drop the things that make it a b’mitzvah (this is not a birthday party!)
- Involve the older generations, bring the history and the future together at the reception—it is a gift to be able to honor grandparents and great-grandparents
- Bring the WOW factor—keep guests intrigued
- End the reception before it ends itself, don’t let it dwindle down
- Leave the guests with one last surprise before they leave
ABOUT DAVID AND DANIELLE OCKMAN
David and Danielle Ockman love South Florida and reside in Deerfield Beach with their 12 year old son Blake, and 7 year old daughter, Skylar. Blake’s B’mitzvah is scheduled for October, 2014.
David is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the field of addictions for over 20 years and Danielle is a Social Worker and the Dean of Students at a private Jewish Day School. Danielle’s passion for making people treats lead her to preparing “specialty and custom” chocolate and edible B’mitzvah favors for “Favor It Things.” David and Danielle have become known in the B’mitzvah community of South Florida, as they host the Facebook group, “South Florida Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Planning Group.” Some consider this group to be the B’mitzvah hub, bringing parents and vendors together for a “virtual B’mitzvah showcase” everyday. Since starting the FB page, David has been called “Dr. Mitzvah” and the couple continue to talk many B’mitzah parents down off the ledge!
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