How did anyone pull off a bar or bat mitzvah before there were apps?
Today, there are tools right on your phone that can help with every part of the simcha. They can aid in planning and preparation for the ceremony and celebration. They can help the slacker student or the kid who’s eager to ace their Haftorah. And apps can relieve the anxiety of a parent who wants everything just right.
Here are six useful apps to help even the most frantic among us get well organized.
PocketTorah is built to aid students in learning the cantillation for chanting the Torah, Haftorah and megillot. And b’nai mitzvah teachers seem to find it works, at least according to reviews on the Google Play Store. “Great for both my students and I to use! They love the technology and I love them having it handy wherever they are,” wrote Lori Kline.
Rusty Brick’s Tikun Korim lets you do parshah study on the go, with a recording function to let your teacher track your progress. A cantorial chart with audio helps you learn on your own, and the entire Torah, Haftorah and Book of Esther are included. Available with Sephardi and Ashkenazi pronunciations.
RSVPify not only lets you create customized, elegant digital invitations but keeps track of who’s coming, who can’t make it and who you still haven’t heard from. You can even group guests into parties and log their unique preferences.
Social Tables is built for the professional planner, but its Pocket Planner app uses Convention Industry Council standards to make recommendations on anything from big-picture questions like staffing, food and beverage totals to the nitty-gritty of trash cans, tables and dance-floor square footage.
If Social Tables helps you build the foundation for a great celebration, AllSeated helps you fill in the blanks. It has a suite of event-planning and management tools, but its seating chart planner helps ease the anxiety that comes with any big occasion, especially with the social concerns of teens involved. The check-in function of its day-of app gives you real-time updates of who’s arrived, while also providing a 2-D or 3-D look at the event space and your tables.
With kids these days, if it’s not online, it’s almost like it didn’t happen. But instead of using generic filters, it’s easier than ever to put a unique digital stamp on your photos. There’s no shortage of services that will build your own b’nai mitzvah filter, putting it at the fingertips of every guest in attendance (with parental approval, of course). JN