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Trend Alert: Personalized Programs

Trend Alert: Personalized Programs

Many of the Bar Bat Mitzvah’s we have been attending lately include a program or booklet for the child’s service.

It is a personal decision whether or not to provide a program to your guests when they arrive. Many families choose to do this when they have a number of non-Jewish guests who may need a program to enhance their understanding of the service and what the prayers mean.

Or, you may want to create a program to help participating guests follow your temple’s particular type of service.

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Information that can be included is:

  • A brief paragraph explaining the meaning of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • An outline of the service: order of events and a sentence or two of what to expect
  • List of the alliyahs (honors) and who will be doing them
  • Remembering those family and friends who can’t be there on this special day
  • Optional: a brief paragraph about your child’s Torah reading and a brief paragraph about your child’s Mitzvah Project.

We think a program may be a nice, decorative keepsake and your child can even create the cover or be involved in the writing. You can either create your own cover or check out some companies that do it for you.

We have gathered a few examples from the Internet to get you going.


colorful_kippah_cover makes real prayer books with the entire service,
in Hebrew and English, for any denomination and can also make a cover design to fit any taste, from classic to modern

mitzvah artistree program cover

Mitzvah Artistree program covers arrive flat, but pre-scored for easy folding, with tassel included. You will need to print your own program insert yourself, which can be done
easily on an inkjet or laser printer on the 8.5 x 11″ paper of your choice

Bar Mitzvah Program-staionary guides

From Evy Jacob this program looked just like the invitation 

mitzvah trend personalized programs

This program is from It Events by Julie

Mitzvah Trend Personalized Programs Levine & Co

J. Levine & Co Books Judaica can produce a prayer book that can be a keepsake for people to take home and will include: speeches, Dvar Torah, a custom cover and torah portion

Did you use a program for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah? We would love to see it. Please let us know at [email protected].



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