The Rothenberg family from Rockville, Maryland, celebrated son Jack’s Bar Mitzvah on March 14, 2015, at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Maryland, and the reception at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.
The theme, “Jack’s March Madness” was incorporated everywhere and because of the special date, 3.14.15, special Pi Day elements added to this great celebration.
This is the second celebration for this family, read about older brother Danny’s Bar Mitzvah here.
Pictured L-R: Brother Danny, Mom Shelley, Dad Steve and Bar Mitzvah boy Jack.
The photographer was Bradley Images and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
The family worked with Lee Altobello of Invitinglee on the black and orange invitation.
The front of the invitation
The back of the invitation celebrates Pi Day; the day of Jack’s Bar Mitzvah celebration
Jack was ready to recite his Haftorah and Torah portion and help to lead services at B’nai Israel Congregation.
The Rothenberg family outside of their synagogue
Mom Shelley and Dad Steve own Talk of the Town, a special events company in Rockville, Maryland, that provides interactive entertainment, props and decorations. The ballroom was everything basketball!
On the wall of the ballroom there was a custom gobo with
Jack’s March Madness. The cocktail tables with a basketball and hoop were a big hit!
Black lounge furniture throughout the room with orange accents
Basketball pillows and side tables incorporated the theme
The double bar had Jack’s logo on the front and screens on either side of the bar showing basketball videos
LED tables and cocktail tables decorated with custom logos and basketball court table tops
The dance floor was made to look like a basketball court with blue uplighting
Jack posed on the dance floor with his name as a floor decal
Some of the special details included orange pillar and votive candles along with custom cocktail napkins.
The sign-in board was a clear basketball backboard table.
Now in Jack’s room — what a great memento of the day
Adults enjoyed great dinner stations including sushi, brisket sliders, and a hot dog station with Chicago-style hot dogs and pastrami dogs. Kids enjoyed classic sliders, bacon cheeseburger sliders, chicken and waffles and french fries.
One of the many yummy stations
Mom and Dad made a special basketball sideline chair for Jack to use during his Horah celebration.
MC Spots of Washington Talent was in charge of all the action on the dance floor.
Jack made his way into the ballroom
In his special Horah chair
MC Spots up on the stage risers
Guests on the dance floor had fun with the Rothenberg family
The kids had their own area during the cocktail hour filled with basketball entertainment from Talk of the Town Entertainment. Some of the interactive fun included: “Urban Hoops,” “Plunk It” and “Pac-Man Battle Royale.” There was a stilt walker with a basketball hoop, an airbrush tattoo artist and an InstaCam green screen digital photo booth.
Guests hooped it up
“Plunk It” gave guests a chance to test their skills
Guests also enjoyed the “Strike a Light” game
In honor of Pi Day, 3.14.15, mini pies and milk shakes were passed for dessert.
Kids’ favors were t-shirts with a custom logo.
Displayed on a table and under the Step-n-Repeat with the same logo
The t-shirt favor for Jack’s guests
Jack started off providing dinners for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, Maryland, but when he went to make the 1st dinner the Rothenberg family noticed their kitchen was lacking in kitchenware such as utensils, pots, pans, etc. So, in addition to making dinners, Jack bought and received donations of kitchen items.
Some advice from Mom Shelley: “Your son/daughter should be your main focus when planning the day. Don’t feel pressure from anyone else.”
The following vendors helped to make Jack’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com
Venue: Lakewood Country Club, 301-762-5430
Photographer: Bradley Images, 410-902-6664
Music Entertainment/MC: MC Spots, Washington Talent, 301-762-1800
Décor/florist: Dad Steve Rothenberg,, Talk of the Town Variety Entertainment, 301-738-9500
Favor person: Lisa Schneider, Party Favorites, 301-807-9513
Party entertainment: Dad Steve Rothenberg, Talk of the Town Variety Entertainment, 301-738-9500
Invitation: Lee Altobello, Invitinglee, 301-983-3354
Montage: Mom Shelley
Sign-In chair/Basketball Court Floor: Dad Steve Rothenberg, Talk of the Town Variety Entertainment, 301-738-9500
Mom Shelley’s dress: Nordstrom Tyson’s Corner
Suits for family members: Dad Steve, Jack and brother Danny:Nordstrom
Hair: Paula, Salon 4, 301-984-1177
Makeup: Stacy Ferguson, 301-233-5323