PoemsToGo's Latest Rite of Passage: Their 100th Candle Lighting Poem for Bar Mitzvahs

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When it comes to bar mitzvahs (bat mitzvahs, too), PoemsToGo leads the way in writing original speeches, poems, toasts and their latest specialty: candle lighting poems.

PoemsToGo, the worldwide leader in writing original poems, speeches and toasts for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and all other special occasions, announces their latest milestone: They just completed their 100th bar mitzvah candle lighting poem.

Bar mitzvahs – and bat mitzvahs, too – are big celebrations in Jewish households. They mark the ascension to adulthood of 13 year-olds. In addition to a synagogue service, there’s often a terrific party to which numerous friends and family are invited.

As you might expect, PoemsToGo offers extensive experience in writing original content for bar mitzvah (boys) and bat mitzvah (girls) celebrations.

Bar mitzvah speeches and poems are some of our most popular items,” says PoemsToGo president and founder, Amy Miller. As she explains, PTG has written close to a thousand bar mitzvah poems and speeches to date – sometimes for the bar and bat mitzvah celebrants themselves, and just as often for their parents or grandparents.

In addition to these celebratory speeches and toasts, PTG does a brisk business in a relatively new phenomenon called bar mitzvah candle lighting poems. “Bar mitzvah candle lighting poems are really special,” says Miller. “In fact, it seems that the candle lighting ceremony is becoming the emotional heart of the bar or bat mitzvah celebration. "

Here’s how the candle lighting poem works: The bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl honors family and friends by asking them to join the celebrant in lighting a candle to acknowledge their special, close relationship.

“There are usually thirteen candles in all for the candle lighting ceremony,” says Miller, one for each year of the celebrant’s life on that special day. Among the honorees who are usually called to the candle lighting (and are “assigned” their own candle) are grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and cousins, and friends.

“Over the last few years, candle lighting poems have become a real PoemsToGo specialty,” says Miller. “We take information provided by each client (via PTG’s easy and exclusive questionnaire) and we write poetic content for all thirteen (or sometimes more) candles.” These candle lighting poems are comprehensive, often running in total to up to 50 or 60 4-line stanzas. “That’s so we can cover everybody – all 13 candles -- in a proper way,” said Miller.

As said earlier, candle lighting poems are relatively new at the bar mitzvah reception, but they’re growing fast in popularity – in the United States, Israel and anywhere Jews celebrate bar and bat mitzvahs. Significantly, PoemsToGo recently marked the completion of their 100th bar mitzvah candle lighting poem. “It was for a large Russian-Jewish family in Brooklyn,” Miller said. “They requested 15 candles and I’m thrilled to say our poem got rave reviews – from the bar mitzvah family and from their guests alike.”

PoemsToGo’s quick service and affordable prices make their original candle lighting poems a fixture at Bar Mitzvahs. For more details (including real samples) on how an original poem, speech, toast or candle lighting poem from PTG can help make your bar or bat mitzvah even more unforgettable, check out their website at PoemsToGo or contact Amy Miller directly at 508-330-0028.


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