There are a ton of resources out there to help plan your Mitzvah and over the next few weeks, I’ll share some great ones along with tips to help use them. This week we’ll discuss Facebook Groups. I will periodically update as new groups form.
[last update: 5/12/17]
What are Facebook Groups?
Facebook groups are available to anyone with a Facebook account and allow a forum for people with a similar interest to ask questions and share information. The groups below are wonderful collaborations of parents and vendors, who ask and answer questions regarding planning your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Some of these Facebook groups are geographically specific, but I’ve noticed that there is a ton of transferable information from groups that aren’t in your area though you’ll need to look past some of the local vendor recommendations. You’ll have to request access to join most of these groups, but the moderators are quick to respond and you’ll be a member in no time! Join a few groups and see which you find the most helpful (and feel free to report back to me on this)!
Best Bar, Bat, B’nai and B’not Mitzvah Facebook Groups
Below are some awesome Facebook groups for Mitzvah planning. I’ve included the group’s description straight from Facebook, but please note that in a few instances, I’ve edited the description or added more info for space purposes or clarity. Vendors, please note that many of these groups prohibit advertising your services. Please read the group rules or you may be removed from the group!
Groups Based on Geographic Regions
MD/DC/VA Mitzvah Planning
Are you planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the MD/DC/VA area? Or have you done one recently and would like to share what you learned? We welcome questions from parents about all aspects of the party planning and ceremony too. We love the suggestions and helpful advice from other parents and professionals too! Please note that this is not a group for soliciting/advertising vendor services. Vendors who post advertisements or send friend requests to members will be removed and banned from the group. Vendors, if you are unsure if your post would be considered an advertisement or parents, if you feel you are being harassed by a vendor, please contact the group Admin.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Plans… (Nationwide, but most members are in DC, MD & VA)
Do you have a unique or creative idea on how to plan a fun celebration without breaking the bank?! We welcome questions from parents about all aspects of the party planning, and ceremony too. We love the creative suggestions and helpful advice from other parents and professionals too! We ask vendors not to initiate any posts in efforts to solicit business. We also ask vendors to not send friend requests to members, or to otherwise solicit potential customers. This is not a group for advertising professional services. Members and their posts can be removed from the group at the discretion of the administrator(s). Thank you for your interest!
Boston Area Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
Chicago Area Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
DC Metro Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
Denver Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
Houston Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
New York City Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Group
New Jersey Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
Philadelphia Area Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning
Westchester-Rockland-Fairfield Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Group
These groups were created by the Moms behind-the-scenes at Mitzvah Market (in Pop Color Event’s opinion, *the* ultimate resource for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning!). We hope to share ideas, advice and vendor recommendations to help you plan a Bar Bat Mitzvah celebration that is special. We welcome questions from parents about any aspects of your party planning and ceremony. We love helpful advice from parents and Mitzvah experts. Members and their posts can be removed from the group at the discretion of the administrator(s). Please do not post more than once every 10 days. Thank you for your interest!
Mainline Mitzvahs (Philadelphia area)
A collaborative community for Mitzvah Parents, Party Planners and Vendors. Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Philadelphia, the Main Line or another Philly ‘burb? Then let’s share ideas! This is the place to chat about an upcoming event, ask questions, post party pics, and share services, advice and suggestions. Vendors: feel free to share your work and show us what you got! There is just one rule: all posts must be mitzvah-related! Mazel on!
SOUTH FLORIDA BAR MITZVAH and BAT MITZVAH PLANNING GROUP
Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in SOUTH FLORIDA?! Celebrate this spiritual milestone with your new and old friends in this group! What started out as a few “Bar Mitzvah Parents” on a FB page- sharing ideas has exploded to the best place for finding EVERYTHING that you need to make your B. Mitzvah a memorable and exciting time for your family and friends! It is now THE place to start your B’mitzvah planning! At first it was only parents —but vendors have joined and share their services, advice and suggestions. B Mitzvah families chat about their upcoming event…and vendors showcase everything from Venues, Photography, Videography, Catering, Favors, Event Decor, B’mitzvah Planners and Producers, Entertainment, lighting, Invitations, Music-DJ-Band, Custom Cakes and Chocolate, Judaica, Temples, and Officiants. *****The only rule here is that your post mention B’Mitzvah and be Bar/Bat Mitzvah related! Parents ask any questions…there are 100’s of experts to answer! Vendors…show us what you got! And make Mitzvah time a GREAT time! So come and enjoy the mitzvah “hang out”…south Florida style! B’mitzvah LIVE 24-7!
Southern California Bar or Bat Mitzvah party planning Services
Planning a special event for your Son or Daughter. A place where you can connect with party entertainers.
Top Tips for Barmitzvah (& Bat Mitzvah) Mums! (London, UK)
A place where you can advertise your business and ask questions on all things Bar + Bat Mitzvah!
Metro Detroit / Parents of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
I was discussing Bar/Bat mitzvah dates with a number of my friends, and we all concurred that since this community is pretty tight, there may be some benefit in having a FB group, so we can list dates, share ideas and such……We have a pretty good head start, since it is 3-4 years away…..
Charlotte, NC Bar/Bat Mitzvah Networking Group
This group was started as a resource for parents and vendors as a planning networking tool for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Parents and Vendors – Welcome to the Charlotte, NC Bar/Bat Mitzvah Networking Group. An open forum to ask questions about your upcoming Mitzvah, find fabulous resources, read informative articles, seek out amazing vendors and more! Feel free to add your friends to this group who are in the midst of planning. This group is comprised of parents across the USA that are planning Mitzvahs, Vendors who are local to Charlotte OR Vendors willing to travel AND Vendors who ship their products across the USA. We hope you find this group valuable during your planning process.
@MitzvahMaestro is more than a group, it’s a fully integrated COMMUNITY! By intertwining families, vendors and service providers, @MitzvahMaestro provides a platform to share tips, advice, best practices and even PICTURES from your Big Day! Follow us on all social media platforms @MitzvahMaestro– not to merely become a member of the group, but to be a part of the Movement!
DIY Bar/Bat Mitzvahs (Nationwide)
This is a place for parents of future Bar & Bat Mitzvahs to come together to share ideas on DIY party planning as well as how to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah on a smaller budget. Many people are deciding to create their own decorations, video montages, and more in order to save money. Everyone can benefit from seeing other people’s ideas. Not everyone is naturally creative so this is also a group where you can see other people’s ideas and not have to come up with your own. We encourage our members to ask questions as well as offer tips. Everyone supports each other here. Lots of people are opting to do some things themselves so that they can save money. Plus it’s fun! This is NOT a place for vendors, please. We want our members to feel free to share ideas for upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and not to self-promote their businesses. Please join us if you are planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and can benefit from bouncing ideas off of other people.
B’nai Mitzvahs on a Budget (Nationwide)
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Planning and Ideas: Themes, colors, money-saving tips, ETC!
Long Island Bar and Bat Mitzvah Planning
This group was created to help plan your Long Island Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Let’s share our ideas, advice and vendor recommendations.
Mitzvah Families Long Island
We wanted to create a group that focused on parents planning Mitzvahs. My first daughter is getting ready to plan her 2017 Bat Mitzvah and I started to look around at places. It would be great to have a place on FB that parents can share their thoughts. You would think being that I own an invitation company that I would have 1000’s of ideas, but it would be great to hear from everyone else. I am hoping for this to be a community of Long Islanders sharing info right down what to wear even as a guest what to give as a present to other peoples parties on Long Island. I would prefer for this to not be heavy vendor focused so if you advertise more than once a month I will remove your post (sorry) and if it is not related to Mitzvahs you will be asked to leave the group (sorry again).
Los Angeles Bar & Bat Mitzvahs resources, diy, and recommendations
This group is for Los Angeles Bar and Bat Mitzvah information on vendors, online vendors and diy projects. You may post ISO request and recommendations of vendors you like. Please do not bash people and be kind. We also would love to hear from people who are around the country on vendors they used online.
Bar Mitzvah Entertainment Group
Post Questions, Games, Line Dances, Photos, Videos, anything related to Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s..
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Resources Toronto/Thornhill
A forum where members can share, recommend and give advice on planning Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in the Toronto area. Recommendations and success stories welcomed. Helpful advice needed. Wishing you lots of Simcha!
B’nai Mitzvah Revolution
Join us for a conversation as we aim to re-think b’nai mitzvah so synagogues and their members can focus on what is most important about Jewish living and learning. The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution (BMR) seeks to generate new ideas and modalities of meaningful celebrations of b’nai mitzvah that tie young people and their families more closely to Jewish tradition and the Jewish community. We welcome congregation professionals, parents, lay leaders, and anybody interested in creating meaningful and engaging b’nai mitzvah experiences as part of congregational life. Feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to this group. B’nai Mitzvah Revolution is a joint project of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Campaign for Youth Engagement and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and its Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE). Please refrain from posting commercial advertisements on the wall.
THE BARMITZVAH AND BATMITZVAH PEOPLE (Nationwide)
Andrea Solomon and Michaela Harding felt that part of the Bar/Batmitzvah workforce, we are constantly being asked for our input as to what makes the perfect event and who are the best possible people for the job. Because of this, we decided to start a group so that suppliers can show what they do and prospective clients can see what is out there. Our aim is to bring people together and allow everyone to post feedback and share their experiences pre/post Bar/Batmitzvah. The group is a closed group so that only group members will see your posts. Please can you kindly keep this group Bar/Barmitzvah related only. Thank you.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah party ideas themes (New York)
New York planning a bar/bat mitzvah or any simcha..this group is for idea sharing and vendors sharing their information
Just for Vendors (No parents, please!)
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vendors Forum
****Requests without Mitzvah-related businesses listed will receive an FB message. If you have not been approved to join within 24-48 hours, please check your “other” inbox.
If you are a planner, DJ, MC, photographer, decorator, novelty provider, caterer, venue or … who handles a lot of Mitzvahs, this group is for you! It’s a place to build community, share best practices, collaborate, network, share leads, ask questions, and get to know vendors and suppliers all over the world. New to the industry? Allow seasoned pros to share their wisdom with you. This group values community over competition.
Please join, introduce yourself, your business and where you’re located. We know there’s a fine line between spamming and introducing yourself, so please be mindful of this! This is a spam-free group and posts may be deleted at the discretion of the moderator(s). Repeated spammers will be removed from the group without notice.
Tips to get the most out of Facebook Groups
To get the most out of these groups, participate! I’d recommend once you join to read older posts to get a sense of the group’s vibe. Then go forth and ask questions, answer questions, share your opinions and be nice. And for goodness sakes, follow the group’s rules!
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