Make the bar and bat mitzvah experience more meaningful

Make the bar and bat mitzvah experience more meaningful

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the JCC of Northern New Jersey (formerly the YJCC) host “Engage in Social Change — Making Bar/Bat Mitzvahs More Meaningful,” a free mitzvah planning workshop with Mitzvah Market on January 27 at the Park Ridge Marriott.

The workshop will guide participants through community service project ideas and highlight additional opportunities for giving back as part of their celebration. Examples of ways to give back include through invitations, party favors, and even table centerpieces.

“It is important to find something that you are passionate about. Connecting the project to you is a key part of a bat or bar mitzvah. It represents something that you care about and that you want to fix in the world,” says Emma Goshin, who became a bat mitzvah in 2015 at the Glen Rock Jewish Center.

After the 11 a.m. workshop, participants will receive free access to the Mitzvah Market Showcase, where more than 50 celebration vendors, as well as Mitzvah Project organizations, will display their offerings. The showcase runs from noon to 4 p.m. Participants can pre-register online at or by calling (201) 470-6268.

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