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Mitzvah Mom Find: From Wedding Dress To Tallit


Who better to find the latest and greatest for all-things Bar Bat Mitzvahs than our own Mitzvah Moms?

When Traci Friedman was trying to find a tallit for her daughter Emma’s Bat Mitzvah, she had a great idea! She thought it would be special to create a tallit out of her great grandmother’s Wedding gown which Emma’s grandmother also wore.

Since Emma is named after her great grandmother, the Friedman family thought that this was a special way to include her memory in their service and something tangible that she will have have as a reminder of her ancestors. She can always feel wrapped in something that her great grandmother wore on such a special occasion!


Mom Find: Tallit
Emma’s great grandmother in her Wedding gown

The Friedmans worked with Tallit by Ina Helfand. There was even enough fabric so Ina could create a second tallit for Emma’s younger sister who will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in 2017.

Mom Find: Tallit

Emma and her twin brother Jacob celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah at their sleepaway camp Baco and Che-Na-Wah and then a party at the Connecticut Science Center. Mom Traci went to Camp Che-Na-Wah, so that is keeping with tradition in their family too!


Friedman tallit
  Jacob and Emma at their service
Photo credit: Iris photography, Mike Shauk

Friedman Tallit

A close-up of the final tallit
Photo credit: Iris photography, Mike Shauk

Traci Friedman
Jacob and Emma all smiles!
Photo credit: Iris photography, Mike Shauk

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