Bar / Bat Mitzvahs
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Planning a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah in your family? We are the number one choice of many Jewish families throughout the Bay Area for kosher and non-kosher catering services. We offer full-service kosher catering under strict rabbinic supervision using our own kosher kitchen. Because of our many years of service, we know and understand the preferences of local temples.

Menus

Some of our kosher menu options include:

  • Kiddush Menu (from $5.50 and up)
  • Buffet lunch stations
  • Kosher hot & cold hors d’ouvres
  • Station buffets
  • Kid’s menus
  • Vegetarian buffet
  • Mediterranean buffet
  • Southwestern buffet
  • Pacific Rim

Timeline

We can provide complete in-house planning services from our office, or work with your designated on-site coordinator at the event. Below is a typical schedule of events for a bar/bat mitzvah. We will work with you to customize your special event.

0:00 Guests Arrive To Kiddush/Hors d’oeuvres
0:30 Havdalah (Saturday evening reception only)
0:35 Motzi Over The Hallah
0:40 Introduction Of Family & Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah Star(s)
0:45 Hora
0:55 Meal Begins
1:15 1st & 2nd Game/Activity With Kids (Adults Still Eating)
1:45 Optional Candle Lighting/Balloon Ceremony
1:55 Optional Toast/Thank You Speech by Parent
2:00 Audience Participaton Dancing Begins
2:15 Open Dancing Begins
2:45 Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah Cake or Desert
3:00 Additional Dancing/Audience Participation Resumes
3:55 Last Dance

Tradition

The celebration of this religious rite has been a custom since the Middle Ages. During this era, a young Jewish man reached majority at the age of twenty. This is when he was considered to be responsible for his own financial and military obligations. The only change in his status as he passed from childhood through adolescence was at the age of thirteen. This is when his father no longer was considered responsible for his religious conduct or education. This was accomplished with the pronouncement of a simple benediction.

A Jewish girl is traditionally considered to have reached her religious majority at the age of twelve years and one day. Despite her earlier maturity, it is only in recent years with the growth of Jewish egalitarianism that Bat Mitzvah as a religious ceremony has become popular. In the past, a small family dinner was held to honor the girl’s twelfth birthday, and her parents would simply recite a traditional blessing freeing them from the responsibility of her religious conduct. Today, an increasing number of Jewish congregations have embraced the idea of offering to thirteen-year old girls the same privileges and responsibilities at her Bat Mitzvah that a boy receives at his Bar Mitzvah.

Celebration

A party celebrating the fulfillment of this religious commandment (seudat-mitzvah) often follows the religious ceremony. This may begin with a kiddush (sanctification of wine and sharing of Hallah). The simhah (joyous celebration) announces the child’s attainment of religious majority at a party that is held outside of the synagogue. The Bar Mitzvah (for boys), Bat Mitzvah (for girls), and B’nai Mitzvah (for girls) also offer some families the opportunity to have an extended family retreat that may also include a trip to Israel.

We look forward to helping you with your upcoming family event. Please contact our office at (650) 968-9308 for catering information regarding your special celebration!