This year, it’s become all the more important to celebrate life’s most important moments, big and small. But, Covid has made it risky to host large gatherings, so celebrating major milestones with lots of friends and family is currently off the table. However, hosting a virtual event during this time is a great option to celebrate a special occasion. Families can celebrate their children’s bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs safely—whether it’s with virtual bat mitzvah ceremonies, small and socially distanced bar mitzvah festivities, or both.
Whatever you choose, there are ways to make a Zoom bar mitzvah or virtual bat mitzvah meaningful and beautiful. To kick things off, we have virtual bar mitzvah invitations for this unique time, as well as virtual bat mitzvah invitations you can make your own.
Fresh ideas for Zoom mitzvahs
A bar and bat mitzvah ceremony represents a Jewish tradition that has gone on for thousands of years. When a child reaches the bar and bat mitzvah age of 13 for boys and 12 for girls, he or she assumes a maturity to their own Jewish identity. If this time comes for your child and you cannot host an in-person event, your close family and friends can virtually come together to celebrate the day that your child has been preparing for so long. To help ensure everyone’s safety and health, opt to host virtual bar mitzvahs and virtual bat mitzvahs. This means opting for digital bat and bar mitzvah invitations with a Zoom link to the reading and ceremony, instead of sending paper invitations, which do not offer the same flexibility, should plans change.
Our templates offer a comment wall feature, which hosts have used to ask guests to post loving wishes ahead of the event, or post pictures of the actual bar or bat mitzvah.
A benefit to virtual bat mitzvah ceremonies and zoom bar mitzvah celebrations is that hosts don’t have to cut the guest list down for cost or safety precautions. Everyone can feel a part of the special milestone—even friends and family who may have not been able to make it for an in-person party.
Encourage everyone’s participation by inviting guests to stay on after the reading for a virtual toast in honor of the bar or bat. Swap out all-night dancing with 200 friends for a virtual dance party that keeps things on the safe side. Make it fun by mailing glow-in-the-dark supplies to guests ahead of time to surprise your kiddo on-screen in lieu of a big reception. In your bar mitzvah invitation, ask guests to email happy bar mitzvah messages ahead of time or mail physical cards, which you can bind in a special book that will serve as an excellent keepsake.
Ideas for socially distant bar and bat mitzvahs
Some families are opting for intimate ceremonies in their backyards, with loved ones safely spread out watching the reading at a distance. Masks encouraged! There’s even a term for these events: “mini mitzvahs.” After the ceremony, you can have a car parade reception during which friends pass by to honk, wave, and drop off gifts. This is a particularly great idea for in-town loved ones who want to wish the young man or lady a socially-distanced “Mazel Tov” and to pick up treats or a special gift.
Another idea for celebrating in a responsible and socially distant way is to stagger the timing of guests. To limit crowding and mitigate risk factors, assign different guests specific time windows to swing by and say their well wishes. You should still encourage guests to wear masks, but this way you can spend a little quality time with friends and family by focusing your attention on only a few people at a time.
How you word your virtual bat mitzvah invite is up to you, but we’ve provided you an outline below with the basics to get you started. Since celebrating virtual events is still pretty new for many people, it’s important to set guests up with expectations and as many details as possible. Especially for a virtual bat mitzvah! Whether you’re keeping the sentiment simple and straightforward or being a little more playful, this template can provide a starting point to build off of:
WITH MUCH GRATITUDE AND JOY
WE INVITE YOU TO
JOIN US ONLINE AS OUR DAUGHTER
IS CALLED TO THE TORAH AS A
NOVEMBER 20TH AT 10AM
STREAMING FROM TEMPLE BETH AM
PLEASE CONNECT WITH US VIA ZOOM
The same guidelines as Zoom bat mitzvah invitations apply to ones for a bar mitzvah. Personalize it to your heart’s content, and don’t forget key info (like the celebration link!) on how to celebrate safely:
THE HERZOGS INVITE YOU TO
JOIN THEM DIGITALLY AS THEIR SON
IS CALLED TO THE TORAH
AS A BAR MITZVAH
JUNE 17TH AT 10:00AM
CEREMONY LINK TO FOLLOW
CELEBRATION AT 8:00PM
LINK TO FOLLOW
Virtual bar mitzvah or virtual bat mitzvah wording
Any of our bar and bat mitzvah invitations can be used for a Zoom bar mitzvah or Zoom bat mitzvah. It’s easy to add a Zoom link to your bat mitzvah card. To display a clickable link below your bar mitzvah card, which guests will see while collecting RSVPs through Paperless Post:
– Navigate to your Enter Details page
– Check the Virtual Location box
– Enter your URL and “Text to Appear on Link”
– Click “Save”
You can also add a note such as “Please celebrate Naomi’s Bat Mitzvah with us virtually via Zoom!” along with the link. Don’t forget to include a passcode if your Zoom Mitzvah requires it.
Socially distant bat or bar mitzvah invitation wording
While we can give you the thought-starters, we encourage you to make the bar and bat mitzvah celebration your own for your child and your virtual guests. This is just a template; you can tweak it as you wish! Note this version does not include a mention of a Zoom link, but you can easily add in the details if that’s how you’re planning to celebrate the special day—be it a car parade, small backyard gathering, or virtual party:
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Goldberg
Invite you to join them
As their daughter
Is called to the Torah
As a bat mitzvah
November 20th at 10AM
Temple Beth Elohim
Celebration at 8PM
1038 East Tremont Ave.
Custom bat and bar mitzvah invitations
If you need Hebrew text added to your bar mitzvah invitations or bat mitzvah invitations, our Personal Design Services (PDS) team can help. They can also add a bat mitzvah logo to your invitation template, or upload it as a custom stamp to send along with your bat mitzvah evite. Want a printable version of your comment wall? Personal Design Services can help you with that too.
Planning a bar or bat mitzvah? Don’t let the Covid 19 pandemic prevent you from celebrating. They’re almost all grown up, so celebrate their call to the Torah with those you love. We have preformatted invites perfect for large Zoom mitzvahs or micro parties with your closest family (as well as party save the dates). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need design help, help uploading your guest list, or anything in between. We’re here to help!