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The Cohen Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Cohen family celebrated their son Drew’s Bar Mitzvah on his actual thirteenth birthday, May 21, 2011.

They belong to the Jewish Congregation of Brookville and had their service at Tam O’Shanter Country Club followed by a celebration at Temple Or Elohim in Jericho, New York.

Drew loves visiting Florida, specifically Miami. They used elements of that location in his theme to achieve a “beachy Miami” feel for their celebration.

All photography was done by Simon Elliot Events and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom.

Pictured L-R: Dad Adam, Bar Mitzvah boy Drew, sister Danielle and Mom Tammy

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As reported in an earlier story, a Mitzvah Tradition: A Friday Night Oneg Dinner was thrown for Drew and his family by close friends which kicked off his special weekend celebration.

Cohen Oneg
Drew is being presented with a special Bar Mitzvah gift


Drew’s service took place at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville, New York.

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Rabbi Steven Moskowitz and Cantor Talya Smilowitz with the Cohens


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Mom Tammy and sister Dani both wore silver. Tammy’s dress was custom designed by Kimberly at Runway Couture. Dani got her dress at Nordstom and it was altered by Kimberly.

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Drew’s blue and grey sleek invitation was created by Darlene Barzilay.



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Their invitation set the tone for their “Miami” styled party


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The Cohens worked with Denea from Stefan’s to create a specific feel for the ballroom at Or Elohim.

Drew Cohen Decor

The ballroom at Temple Or Elohim is transformed

Drew Cohen decor

Silver linens and large palm leaves were the centerpieces on some tables…

Drew Cohen decor

And candles, crystals and low florals were used on others

Drew Cohen decor
Draping and initial signage was used for the decor

Drew Cohen floor decal
A floor decal of Drew’s logo was created by Simon Elliot Events

Drew Cohen decor
Photos from a special Bar Mitzvah photo shoot with Simon Elliot Events lined the walls

Drew Cohen decor


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Carl from ET was the musical entertainment and got the crowd going.



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Carl with Drew and his friends

Drew Cohen DJ

The young guests help the percussionist




The Cohens had many extra activities to entertain their guests.




Drew Cohen Magician

Magician David Levitan wowed adults and young guests with his mind reading and magic act

Drew Cohen games

The games for the kids were being played by the adults!

Drew Cohen games

Additional fun provided by Great Neck Games

Drew Cohen airbrushing

Airbrushing was also by Great Neck Games



Surfboard Beach Art created this sign-in board for Drew.

Drew Cohen Sign-In
Drew’s friends loved writing messages on his “surfboard” which now hangs in his room

Drew Cohen Sign-in




Jake Mandel created Drew’s PJ pants for his friends.


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Drew’s initials and date


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Drew’s cake was designed and created by Hasson Caterers

Drew Cohen Cake



In keeping with the cool Miami theme, a Good Humor ice cream cart was available as guests left the party.

Drew Cohen Exit

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The following vendors helped make Drew’s party special. If you give any of them a call, please tell them you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.

Venue: Or Elohim
Temple: Jewish Congregation of Brookville
Caterer: Hasson Caterers
Service Venue: Tam O’Shanter
Photographer/Video: Simon Elliot Events
Florist: Danea, Stefan’s
Tammy’s Dress: Runway Couture 516-308-4639
Dani’s Dress: Nordstom
Music Entertainment: MC Carl, Entertainment Tonite
Games: Great Neck Games
Favors: Jake Mandel 516-984-8862
Board: Surfboard Beach Art
Invitations: Darlene Barzilay 516-681-4602

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