The Fisher family from Rye Brook, New York, celebrated their son Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah the weekend of July 29-31, 2016, at B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania.
This was a very special Bar Mitzvah as it was the first time a camper celebrated his or her B’nai Mitzvah while camp was in session. The Fisher’s family and close friends shared this beautiful weekend celebration with all of the campers and staff at Perlman Camp during second session. The camp is a very special place for the Fisher family as you will read in Zachary’s Mitzvah Project section.
Pictured clockwise above: Dad George, Brother Jacob, Mom Stefanie and Bar Mitzvah boy Zachary.
John Garret of John Garrett Studios was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
Friday Night Services
Saturday Morning/Havdalah Service
Mitzvah Party Fun/Details
Saturday evening, they held a candle lighting ceremony and celebrated Havdalah as a camp community. Afterward, there was a DJ dance party with DJ Ryan Vandal MC Ray Enders from Workin’ the Mix Entertainment, and a surprise Ben & Jerry’s truck for a special treat!
The adults were greeted with beautiful gift boxes in their hotel rooms; complete with an itinerary for the weekend, sunscreen, bug spray, red and white wine, mouthwash, hand cream, and mints.
Zachary’s Mitzvah Project
Zachary had two amazing Mitzvah Projects that we wanted to share. First was Caps for Cancer- kids from camp each brought a new baseball camp to donate to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at The Westchester Medical Center pediatric cancer unit. He asked that everyone bring at least one new baseball hat to camp, so they could be donated to kids in the pediatric oncology unit of the hospital. Even camp staff went out on their days off to buy hats!
Zachary also started a fundraising page for B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp to help them raise money for kids who need a scholarship to attend summer camp. When Zachary was six years old, his mom was diagnosed with cancer. It was a long battle, but his mother did survive. Their family was impacted in many ways, including financially. When Zachary was in third grade he found Perlman Camp online. He sent in an application on his own, even though his parents didn’t think that sleep away camp was in the budget that year. Perlman Camp director, Rachel Levine, visited their home and offered Zachary a scholarship for his first summer, proving that his dream was a possibility. Zachary has made his home at B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp ever since, which made it the perfect place to have his Bar Mitzvah, and the perfect way for the Fishers to give back.
Some of the great assortment of hats that were donated to Zachary’s Caps for Cancer Mitzvah Project
The following vendors helped to make Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp, 301-231-5300
Gabbai: Josh Altman,Rabbi/Judaica Program leader: Candace Goldstein
Photographer/Drone Photography/Videographer: John Garrett, John Garrett Studios, 570-246-3221
Logo Design/Candy packages/S’mores favors: Mom Stefanie Fisher
Stadium Cups: Leslie Goldberg, Out of the Box, 914-934-2323
Invitations: Stationery Bliss, , 305-661-2030
Air-Brushed hats: NPA Party Productions, 917-446-2228
Cake: Carlos Bakery, 201-659-3671
Hotel for guests: The Hancock House, 607-637-7100
Entertainment: DJ/Ryan Vandal MC/Ray Enders, Workin’ The Mix Entertainment, 877-803-7477
Mom’s Friday night dress: Neiman Marcus, Saturday morning dress, Rebecca Taylor, Saturday night dress, Sachin and Babi
Hair: Linda Ciana, 310-924-9526
Custom Tie Dyed Kippot: Weinfeld Skullcaps, 718-854-3864