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How To Plan For The Unexpected When Planning A Bar Or Bat Mitzvah


Your date has been set in stone for the past 3 and 1/2 years and the invitations are out. Your child’s been studying for months and the out-of-towners are on their way!

Then your biggest fear is here, the “breaking” snowstorm or another terrible weather event. Even worse, a relative has just been hospitalized or a family member is sick.



1. Be In The Know! Whether your celebration is scheduled in the middle of the winter, early fall or late spring, have a back-up plan and ask questions – Does the venue have generators? What do they do if they lose power? Is it possible to live stream your service/party for those who can’t make it?

2. Get everyone’s email address – Communicate with your entire guest list. Ask for emails on the RSVP.

3. Consider getting hotel rooms for your vendors who might be traveling to your celebration.

4. Enlist help – Assign tasks to friends. Can they make calls? Check with your vendors? Send out an email to your guests?

5. Focus on safety – Although these last minute unexpected changes are stressful, remember the most important thing is the safety of family and friends.

Hopefully, weather and/or illness will not change your plans, but if it does, take a deep breath and know that your child will become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah – it just might not be on the date you have printed on your invitation!


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