Mini Tefillin Bag Favors for a Bar Mitzvah

For the Bar Mitzvah celebrations of my nephew, Chaim, and a friend’s son, Shmuli, I decided to make miniature tefillin bags filled with cookies to use as favors and cupcake toppers.  Tefillin bags store a Bar Mitzvah boy’s new tefillin and are so symbolic of a young man’s unique new adult role as part of the Jewish nation.  These sweet miniatures highlight this new role.

tefillin bag-chaim cohen w logo

tefilin bag-shmuli

A Jewish boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah (son of commandment) at the age of 13 years and at that time becomes responsible for his own deeds and misdeeds.  Bar Mitzvah boys begin wearing tefillin (phylacteries)  shortly before their Bar Mitzvah.   Tefillin contain Torah verses highlighting the relationship between Man and G-d and consist of two black leather boxes, one for the arm (tefillin shel yad ) and one for the head (tefillin shel rosh) .

During morning prayers, the two tefillin boxes are placed upon the arm and above the forehead, symbolic of balanced commitment to G-d in heart and mind. One of the tefillin boxes is placed upon the arm, resting against the heart.  The other tefillin box is placed just above the forehead, resting upon the cerebrum.

Tefillin has become a powerful symbol of becoming a Bar Mitzvah and is associated with the new commitments that a Bar Mitzvah undertakes.  The responsibility to care for and wear the tefillin is a daily sign of the new responsibility for commitment to G-d, Torah and Mitzvos (commandments) undertaken by a Bar Mitzvah.

 As it states in the Torah, “you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they should be for a reminder between your eyes.”  Tefillin has been a treasured observance for thousands of years and there are intricate details in the design of the boxes and the writing of the parshios (verses of the Torah) that are housed inside.

Many boys are given their tefillin inside a decorative bag that is embroidered with their Hebrew name.  While the tefillin are protected inside the bag, this tefillin bag is unique and symbolic of the great Bar Mitzvah treasure carefully tucked inside.

These unique Bar Mitzvah favors were inspired by mint favors that I saw on Pinterest a while ago.  I decided to prepare these favors using tea biscuits that were not coated in chocolate so that the chocolate would not melt and mar the crisp plastic of the mini ziploc bags.

To mix things up a bit, I presented the tefillin bag favors differently for the two Bar Mitzvah celebrations.   For Chaim’s, I placed them as cupcake toppers and sent over a cupcake tree embellished with these favors. tefillin bags as cupcake toppers w logo




For Shmuli’s, I skewered the favors together with an assortment of pareve chocolates to create a stunning centerpiece in a terra cotta pot.

tefillin bag arrangement w logo


These tefillin bag favors were simple to prepare, versatile and  so unique!


tefillin bag ingredients



tiny 3″ x 3″ ziploc bags amazon zipper bags

square or rectangular mints or cookies 6-pack of Kedem tea biscuits

photo of tefillin bag

Scissors Kitchen Shears




Cardboard Cupcake Stand

Bamboo Skewers

Mini Terra Cotta Pots

Gold Filigree Cupcake Papers





Take a photo of the tefillin bag and scale it down to 2″ x 3″ using MS Paint or any graphics program.

Place four scaled down images on one graphic  image and order them as 4×6 prints through your local photo center.

tefillin bag 4 photos on a page

Cut each print up into the four images, each approximately 2″ x 2.75″.  If needed, trim each small photo to fit into tiny ziploc bag.

Place a single square or rectangular mint or cookie in each ziploc bag, placing small photo in front of each one.  Close Ziploc bag.


tefillin bag with cookie in ziploc bag w logo.jpg


Use as favors or cupcake toppers.tefilin bag-shmuli

tefillin bags as cupcake toppers w logotefillin bag arrangement wrapped up






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