The Gruber family from Dix Hills, New York, celebrated their daughter Bari’s Bat Mitzvah aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. This “BoatMitzvah“ was celebrated by 50 family and friends including their Rabbi and twelve of Bari’s camp and school friends from February 13-20, 2016, during a school break. Cocktail parties and shore excursions brought everyone together to celebrate.
Pictured: L-R: Bat Mitzvah girl Bari, Mom Ruth, Dad Craig and Sister Charlie.
The vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
BoatMitzvah Save-the Date and Invitations
Mom Ruth, along with friend Tracy Kleinberg, created a laminated itinerary book with daily party information and had them printed at Staples.
The BoatMitzvah Service
The Bat Mitzvah service was on the ship followed by a fabulous day at the beach.
Bat Mitzvah Style
Bari needed many different outfits since this was a 7-night cruise with a celebration every night! Bari and her younger sister Charlie’s dresses were bought at 2 Be Seen.
Decor, Favors & Fun Excursions
Everything was coordinated with the help of travel agent Joan Hyman at Lynx International. Party favors and giveaways by The Coolest Giveaways and Sign-In letter “B” by That One Special Touch.
Bari’s Mitzvah Project
Bari participated and donated on a weekly basis to multiple charities including the Israel Tennis Centers which forms bonds between Jewish and Arab children. Additionally, she was involved with Blessings in a Backpack an organization that provides food for children in Bari’s school who are at risk of hunger. Bari also donates to Camp Sunshine which provides an opportunity for children with terminal illnesses to experience sleep away camp in Maine. There are so many worthwhile charities that Bat Mitzvah girl Bari could not just pick one to support!
Mom to Mom Advice from Mom Ruth
“Bari’s Bat Mitzvah on the Oasis of the Seas was a huge success. People said we were crazy for doing this but we and our extended family can’t wait to do it again for our younger daughter, Charlie!”
The following vendors helped to make Bari’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their products/services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Rabbi: Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg, Temple Beth Torah, 631-643-1200
Travel Agent: Joan Hyman, Lynx International, 305-308-6254
Invitations: Created by Mom Ruth and friend Tracy Kleinberg, printed at Staples
Step-N-Repeat/Pjs/beach bags/string bags/sunglasses/cocktail napkins/pillows/luggage tags: TheCoolestGiveaways.com, 516-466-5728
Sign-in Letter: Randi, That One Special Touch, 516-496-1025
Candle Lighting: Claudia, It Could Be Verse, 732-679-8093
Pre-Shoot photography: Hi-Tech Events, 631 923 2260
Bat Mitzvah girl Bari and Sister Charlie’s dresses: 2 Be Seen, 516-921-5777