modern jewish bat mitzvah

Sound the shofar!  Today is Simchat Torah.  We never miss a Modern Jewish Holiday which is an excuse for a par-ty! Why? It literally means, “Rejoice in Torah.” Although it is one of the lesser known and celebrated holidays in the diaspora; it is one of the most fun Jewish holidays of the year. We complete one cycle of the reading of the Torah (all Five Books of Moses) and we start a new cycle…

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shavuot inspired chuppah

It’s Shavuot!  (AKA Michele’s Favorite Holiday) We’re using the holiday as inspiration for your Modern Jewish (& Jew-ish) Wedding Never heard of Shavuot?  Don’t feel bad!  Neither had I until I worked in a Jewish congregation as the in-house wedding coordinator and creating celebrations for the Jewish holidays for the congregation was also part of the job!  What to me was an unheard of holiday, has become my favorite Jewish holiday of the year–that’s right–more…

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Getting Married on Lag B’Omer (TODAY)? It’s the perfect day for a Modern Jewish Wedding I know, it’s a Thursday!  Not many people we know who get married in the middle of the week.  But, today in Israel will be one of the most popular wedding days of the year.  Because, it is Lag B’Omer, literally meaning, “the 33rd day of the Omer.” The day is celebrated with community, bonfires, wine, sweets & weddings (of…

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Let’s Celebrate Purim There isn’t a Jewish holiday that’s more fit for a par-tee than Purim. Can you think of any other holiday (religious or secular) where you are actually encouraged to drink until everything is upside down? We say Chag Purim (loosely translated as Happy Purim)!  We eat (what Jewish holiday do we not eat?), we drink, we dress up, make noise and have an all around good time! Kind of sounds like I’m…

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prince charming and cinderella

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Modern Jewish Wedding OK, before you get upset and shout at your screen, “It’s just a hallmark holiday!” Or,”The holiday starts with a “St.” and Jewish preschools don’t even allow the exchange of silly Valentines’ cards”  Trust me, I know.  I KNOW! I am the originator of the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party!  We literally had a party and we all wore black. The two biggest marital spats Mr. MJW & I…

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