The Weisz family observed their son, Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah on Saturday morning, October 15, 2016, at Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, Florida. A celebration was held that evening at the nearby Club at Ibis. Falling three weeks prior to the presidential election, the family opted for a mock political convention theme.
Starting with the invitation and RSVP Ballot to the candidate cut-outs and the official Bar Mitzvah Party Voting Booth, Andrew’s “2016 Bar Mitzvah Party National Convention” (as it was billed) was an uncontested winner.
The photographer was W Studio and the rest of the vendor information is listed below.
Invitation and Service
Andrew was invited to read from the Torah at his synagogue’s Thursday morning minyan. He also led Friday night Shabbat services. His Bar Mitzvah was observed among friends, family and the entire congregation during Saturday morning Shabbat services.
The party invitation with information about the Bar Mitzvah celebration requested guests to wear "Dressy Club Attire in Red, White or Blue
The invitation for the Bar Mitzvah service
Andrew read from the Torah
The Weisz family on the Bimah for Andrew's Bar Mitzvah service
Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah Website
Andrew’s dad, Peter, conceived and produced many of the party details. These elements were tied together at the Bar Mitzvah Website he created containing pertinent information on the services, celebration, Mitzvah Projects, and all aspects of the event. Click here to visit the Website and learn more: www.andrew4president.com.
Mitzvah Logo and Branding
Dad Peter created the branding and logos for the party.
The event logo that was used extensively in the promotional branding and throughout the event decor
This 3-fold campaign brochure was included with the invitation
A sample of some of the artwork used for banners, signage, buttons, imprinted material and video content
A personalized lawn sign greeted guests as they drove up to the venue
A welcome sign banner hung across the front of the Ibis Country Club
This banner welcomed Andrew’s friends to his Campaign Headquarters; a special area featuring food, games and a DJ just for the kids
The entrance banner to the Main Ballroom
Uncle Sam in between Andrew's parents held a sign that read, “I Want You to Vote for Drew!”
There were two cocktail receptions; one for Andrew's friends who were called Young Ambassadors
And, one for the Adult Delegates
Making An Entrance: In Style
Andrew looked great arriving for his big night in a presidential motorcade
The "candidate" made a few comments to the waiting press, many of whom were played by his school friends!
Arriving guests were also given the Red Carpet treatment by a contingent of young Palm Beach paparazzi who greeted them with microphones and flashing cameras while begging them for interviews
Here are some of the "press" taking a photo op with Uncle Sam
Party Decor and Details
Once inside, guests followed the red carpet to the patriotically decorated entry foyer
The sign-in book and gift box were displayed on a table and made a great statement draped in red, white and blue
We love this miniature White House used to collect campaign 'contributions'
Red, white and blue balloons and party decor on the long kids' tables
Each adult table was named for a different state delegation
The dance floor logo decal
Look who showed up representing both parties and keeping things bi-partisan and fun!
Andrew’s parents at the presidential podium placing his name into nomination
Mom Alla taking a picture with Andrew's brother Max in the 'Voting Booth'
A brass band was on hand to entertain during the cocktail hour
Patriotic Food Displays
A creative way to display the flag as an ice sculpture
This watermelon was carved with a voting suggestion
The custom cocktail napkins featured Andrew's "presidential" seal and party date
Patriotic pretzels were a big hit!
Block USA letters were on the buffet tables
Unique Mitzvah Ideas
The evening's festivities were kicked off with a patriotic presentation of the colors by a local Boy Scout troop color guard. Guests were asked to stand for the singing of the U.S. and Israeli National Anthems
In lieu of the traditional candle-lighting, delegations — made up of out-of-town guests — were invited to the podium, each bearing a flag from their home state, to deliver a brief poetic endorsement of the “candidate"
Several of the flags displayed
Mitzvah Musical Moments
As a surprise to Andrew, his dad, Peter, and mom, Alla, composed a Presidential Rap song and presented some of Andrew’s talented classmates performing it on video.
When the video was shown at Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah party, dozens of his classmates jumped to the dance floor in a surprise spontaneous Flash mob dance that they had been secretly rehearsing
Andrew was really surprised. Here he is watching along with his brother
Andrew up for the Horah draped in the Israeli flag
Candidate Andrew surrounded by his friends on the dance floor
Some of the favors given to Andrew's friends included hats and socks
With a national convention themed Bar Mitzvah red, white and blue favor bags were the way to go
Andrew’s Mitzvah Projects
Andrew spent the summer working on behalf of three different charitable organizations. The Alliance for Kids is a group that provides support services for hospitalized children. Andrew was a camp counselor for Chai Lifeline, a program that assists families with mentally or physically challenged children. He also became a in-home “friendly visitor” at the home of an area Holocaust survivor on behalf of Jewish Family and Children’s Service. “It was a lot of work while other kids were having a fun summer,” said Andrew, “but it made me feel good to be able to help kids and older people this way.
Andrew’s version of a Super PAC standing for Philanthropic Action Committee which was included in his invitation packet
The following vendors helped to make Andrew’s celebration special. If you get in touch with anyone below, please let them know you read about their products or services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Temple: Temple Beth El, 561-833-0339
Photography: W Studio, 561-714-3648
Venue: Ibis Country Club; 561-625-8500
Decor: Kish Events and Decor,561-777-6197;
DJ Music Entertainment: MC Bryan, Pure Energy Entertainment, 954-782-6989
Kosher Catering: Shaike Kosher, 954-399-0360
Catering; Unbridled Wedding and Events, 561-358-4631
Printed Signage and Decor/Invitation Printing: Yuda Raz,Sir Speedy West Palm Beach, 561-833-9661
Stilt Performer: Top 1 Entertainment, 305-74-7385