By The Barmitzvah Directory – The Barmitzvah & Batmitzvah Planning Website
Well, this is an article we never thought we’d ever be writing! But as we know, life likes to throw curveballs from time to time, & the year 2020 is definitely one of those. Some people say 2020 is a write off for the events industry with thousands of celebrations and events cancelled. There’s no denying we have all suffered with postponements and cancellations, but this is the time to think outside the box as lockdown eases. And parents, yes you may have been planning your simcha for years, but if the show must go on, here is some advice on How to have a Barmitzvah or Batmitzvah in a Pandemic.
The Barmitzvah Boy or Batmitzvah Girl have been studying for a long time and let’s be honest, the thought of them having to learn a new sedra for many families, is out of the question. As parents, would we really want to go through that again?! The teenage years are hard enough! So the religious aspect of the ceremony needs to happen now, regardless of the surroundings. So roll up the next best thing and something many of us hadn’t heard of before lockdown – Zoom. For those of us who have been home schooling and dealing with this technology, our first tip is get someone else to manage & co-ordinate your “Zoomitzvah” for you!!! This really takes the pressure off you and you can plan a meaningful Barmitzvah or Batmitzvah ceremony for all your family & friends to enjoy. There are many Event planners/DJs offering this service and it is important you sit back and relax and enjoy the ceremony without worrying when to press buttons.
A Zoomitzvah can be so special & meaningful and probably will give more focus to the Barmitzvah/Batmitzvah themselves on their special day. It is intimate yet has global reach and you can tailor the ceremony however you like, giving a truly wonderful memory for all. As restrictions ease, more local family members can socially distance and be there physically, but for those family members who sadly cannot be there, they can still play a part in the ceremony. Readings/stories/poems/music can all form part of your own tailor-made ceremony as Zoomitzvahs do not occur on Shabbat, there are no restrictions.
As suppliers start to think outside the box, here are our ideas for how to add a bit of wow to your simcha ceremony:
So the ceremony is sorted, now what about a celebration?! Unfortunately a large gathering is out of the question for the foreseeable future, but there are lots of other home-based options out there to celebrate and have some fun. Whether you do this as a family in your own bubble or have socially distanced guests in your garden, there are lots of choices. Here are some ideas for you:
As things change and the Government continue to ease lockdown measures, hopefully more people will be able to be together. Socially distanced Barmitzvahs & Batmitzvahs in gardens or outdoor spaces if feasible is the future – with or without a marquee. Small tables for family units to sit together will be possible. And you may be able to see different groups over a weekend at different sittings. For example, lunch with family, dinner with friends.
It may not be exactly how you originally planned your simcha, but you can still make a memorable wonderful event for you, your family & friends, but most importantly the Barmitzvah boy or Batmitzvah girl. We wish you a hearty mazeltov on your forthcoming simcha….enjoy!