We recently received this question from Reva:
“My daughter is planning her Bat Mitzvah and REALLY wants it to be Doctor Who-themed… but we have no idea how to pull this off. If your readers have ANY ideas, solutions, or schemes… we’d love to hear them!”
For those of you who haven’t attended a Bat Mitzvah, here’s the general idea from Avital Norman Nathman:
The first portion of a Bat Mitzvah (and the actual religious part of the event) takes place in synagogue where the Bat Mitzvah (yes, the person celebrating is also called the Bat Mitzvah, which literally translates to Daughter of the Mitzvah [aka good deed]) reads from the Torah. Depending on the skill/comfort level of the participant, she can also lead all/parts of the Sabbath service. She will also read a special haftorah (which is a complimentary reading that goes along with the Torah reading). There are other prayers and blessings from the Rabbi and parents.
Then it’s the party part. To be honest, since all the traditional/religious stuff happens during the service, there aren’t any specific things that have to happen at the party. There are some things that are traditional — e.g. blessing over the challah and wine, and some equivalent of a candle lighting ceremony where you call up people to light candles and say something nice about them, etc. Some people won’t light candles if it’s on the Sabbath and will do something related — instead of candles, I had a map of Israel and had people come up to “plant trees” on the map and I had a paragraph written about each one (my parents, my brother, my grandparents, my friends, etc.). Then, any other parts that would be good for theme would be centerpieces on tables, games or dance moves, a picture booth (TARDIS picture booth?!), and so on.
Now that you’ve got the general concept, who’s got ideas for how Reva and her daughter can throw a badass Doctor Who-themed Bat Mitzvah?