Five Tips For Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parents: How To Write An Impactful Bima Speech

After months (and often years) of planning, your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah day is finally here. You may be asked to give a speech during the service to acknowledge how hard your child has worked to prepare for this milestone. Like many of my clients, you may feel eager to give this type of speech, but struggle with how to put your thoughts together in speech form. You worry about what stories to share, how to avoid sounding generic and how to hold your emotions together on s

An Ode To The Candlelighting Ceremony

At my brother's Bar Mitzvah, circa 1984 When thinking of topics for this next post, In the realm of writing speeches and toasts, I thought about all of the Moms and Dads Trying to make candlelightings more than a fad. How can I help them write these ceremonies? It’s not quite as easy as 1-2-3. Part of the fun of these types of ditties Is putting forth rhymes while still staying witty. It’s also about weaving an intricate story Of the people who deserve some of the glory. Whet

My Life in Speeches

Thankfully, my life has been full of special occasions. Some of my fondest memories revolve around major milestones in my life— my Bat Mitzvah, my wedding, my children’s baby naming ceremonies, my 40th birthday. I remember the people, the music, the food, the overall vibe, and not surprisingly, I remember the speeches. Most of these milestones I have recorded. Every now and again I watch them back, reliving the celebrations and re-experiencing the emotions I felt during t