The Goldberg family of Merrick, New York, celebrated twins Gabbie and Charlie’s B’nai Mitzvah on October 22, 2016, at the Merrick Jewish Center. There was an evening party in their honor at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead, New York. The family has been visiting there for many years so when it came time to pick a venue, that was the obvious choice. Guests were able to enjoy many underwater exhibits and were surprised with a “live” shark dive by Charlie!
Pictured L-R: Mom Jodi, Bar Mitzvah boy Charlie, Bat Mitzvah girl Gabbie. Sister Eden and Dad Michael.
The photographer was White Light Photography and Video and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center along with the in-house caterer, Atlantis Banquets & Events, offered a unique venue, great food and a seamless party.
There were many amazing “Wow” moments at this celebration. The twins are certified scuba divers and Charlie wanted to use the video version of his shark dive for his entrance. Once he found out he could take a shower in the back, he decided to do it live! Gabbie wanted to keep her hair dry.
Mitzvah Special Dance
B’nai Mitzvah Montage
As A former TV and Video producer, Jodi created the montage with the help of high school student for hire, Mikey Johanson. This turned out to be a surprise for the twins as it featured videos from Gabbie and Charlie’s visits to the Atlantis Aquarium over the years. It also included a personal shout-out to them from Brett Raymer, the host of Animal Planet’s “Tanked,” a friend of Mom Jodi’s from high school.
Favor/Fun Food & Drinks
Advice from Mom Jodi
“Have your kids tell your friends to save and send you their Snapchat videos They are fun to watch and you can see your party from a teen’s perspective. That is how we watched the shark dive video surprise the next day. Even though the DJ handed out dance floor giveaways, I got some fun prizes (i.e. headphones, speakers, lamps) and my twins stood on stage and gave them out. They also had fun throwing the pillows, tee shirts, and slippers out to the crowd. If you want a crowded dance floor, have your kids prepare a song list for your DJ. The kids are very particular with what they like to dance to. It’s a good idea to book a family shoot for a date prior to your event. Trevor, owner of White Light Photography and Video, was a big proponent of this and he helped me coordinate the temple and aquarium approximately 2 weeks before our party. It’s also a good way to do a test run with your makeup, hair, dress, and break in your heels, and the night of your party you don’t have to worry about “formals” or miss your cocktail hour.”
Gabbie and Charlie’s Uncle Eric is developmentally disabled. He lives in a group home in Brooklyn, New York. For the twins’ B’nai Mitzvah Project, they decided that a hands-on activity which involved their whole family would be one they’d always remember. The siblings raised funds that went towards building and upkeep of an amazing and spectacular fish tank for the group home residents and worked with an artist on the creation of a mural for the residents to enjoy. To read about the entire project, click here.
The following vendors helped to make Gabbie and Charlie’s B’nai Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue/Decor/Catering/Cake: Atlantis Banquets & Events, 631-574-8008
Party Planner: Mom Jodi Goldberg
Yarmulkes/Flip Flops: Randi Goldberg Lehman, That One Special Touch, 516-496-1025
Photographer/Videographer/Sign-In: White Light Photography and Video, 516-933-3399
Music Entertainment/Lounge Decor/MC’s: AG and Breezy, Geo Events, 800-670-0462
Logo Design/Favors: Susan, Best Express, 516-935-2869
Shark Ride/Photo Booth: Ronnie, Ovation Photo Booth, 516-334-9090
Invitation Wax Seal: Sally’s Heartful Creations on etsy.com
Place cards/favor for adults: Invitation in a Bottle, 800-489-8048
Montage: Creadted by Mom/Edited by Mikey Johanson, Johanson Films, 917-816-2371
Double Horah Chair: Wayfair.com
Sign In Feather Pen and parchment paper: Amazon.com
Mom Jodi’s Dress: Runway Couture, 516-308-4639/Moms Hair De La Mer Salon: 516-221-3662
Bat Mitzvah girl Gabbie gown: Estelle’s Dressy Dresses, 631-420-0890/Headpiece: La Chic Boutique, 516-541-0678
Sister Eden’s dress: La Chic Boutique, 516-541-0678
Suits for family members: Mur-lee’s, 516-599-7777