The Mittleman family of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey celebrated their son Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah on January 14, 2012 at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Their reception, which included close friends from near and far was held at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey.
Mom Jenn tried to think of every detail to make this the most memorable night for Jordan. We think after reading this spotlight you will agree that she succeeded!
Pictured above (L-R): Sister Emily, Mom Jennifer, Bar Mitzvah boy Jordan and Dad Alan
All party photography is by Joe Pacifico and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
Here is the full court action.
This chocolate brown and textured basketball invitation was custom made by Bee’s Cards and perfect for a basketball fan. The stamp from Zazzle.com is a picture of Jordan dunking the ball!
The Mittleman Family looked sophisticated in their party clothes. Mom Jennifer looked elegant in her custom bronze Donald Deal gown, daughter Emily was in a couture burnt orange dress from Gotham City Clothing. Both father and son were in Hermes suits.
Jordan loves basketball which made the theme an easy one to choose and the theme was carried throughout the party.
A huge decal on the dance floor for Jordan’s Hall of Fame.
Guests signed a beautifully framed basketball jersey which now hangs in Jordan’s room.
The color scheme of chocolate brown and orange was perfect for the basketball theme party. It was all pulled together and came to life with the help of Debbie Filippelli of Debbie’s Designs. Dispersed throughout the room were jerseys, basketball hoops and basketballs starting with the entrance and the place card table.
The place card table had graffiti basketballs with Jordan’s initials on top of cylinders with lit votive candles
Jordan produced his own entrance video!
Watch his creative work here
Jordan’s basketball themed montage was created by Spot On Pictures.
Watch it here
DJ Jeff Yahney was the DJ who had the crowd rocking to tunes all night.
Mom Jenn and Jordan share a dance together.
Jordan’s sister Emily giving a speech to her big brother
Guests were entertained with airbrushing, flip books and basketball entertainer Jack Ryan a.k.a. The Hoop Wizard. He taught Bar Mitzvah boy Jordan how to twirl 2 basketballs!
Mom Jennifer tells MM.com that you could see the outside Gobo lights from Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah across town!
Jordan’s creative cake was created by Le Petite Gateau.
The Mittlemans gave their young guests grey pull-over hoodies created by Top Elements.
The front said “Jordan’s Hall of Fame”
The back of the sweatshirt featured signatures of his favorite Hall of Famer’s like Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain…how cool!
Some advice from Mom Jennifer:
“Don’t think it’s crazy to plan early! I started planning 2 years before. It’s important to stay organized! Go to Staples and buy yourself a binder and folders and label each section. My sections included: 1. Reception Venue/Cake. 2. Temple/Kiddush, 3. Hotel info, 4. DJ/montage. 5. Favors/Vendors, 6. Clothing receipts. Make lists so you feel the satisfaction when you can cross things off. Make sure you go to three different post offices to have invitations weighed (I can’t express this enough) that was my biggest nightmare. After the Bar Mitzvah celebration was over the word we heard repeatedly was “warm” and that means we accomplished what we set out to do. Jordan had the time of his life and appreciated every aspect of the night.”
For Jordan’s Mitzvah Project he chose to raise money for a cause that is close his heart. He created a Shoot-a-thon challenge and all of the money that was raised was donated to The Foundation for Diabetes Research. The reason he chose this charity is in honor of Mom Jenn, an Uncle, sister Emily and his late Grandfather who all have Type 1 Diabetes. Jordan went to various friends houses in town and shot at baskets until he sank 13 shots at each house. He was able to achieve his goal with friends and was able to raise $2,000.
The Mittlemans offered their guests a sweet surprise at the end of the evening wrapped in packaging that included Jordan’s logo “Jordan’s Hall of Fame.”
The following vendors helped to make Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Rockleigh Country Club, 201-768-7171
Party Planner: Debbie’s Designs, 973-696-7930
Music Entertainment/Videography: DJ Jeff Yahney, 631-425-5333
Favors: Top Elements, 732-972-8290
Basketball Entertainer: Jack Ryan, Hoop Wizard, 917-754-2486
Extra Entertainment (XBox, Dance Dance Revolution, Pop A Shot, Poly Pong): DJ Jeff Yahney, 631-425-5333
Airbrushing: Cameron Create, 973-609-2625
Flipbooks: NJ Jersey FlipBooks, 973-580-0474
Invitation: Bee’s Cards, 661-244-1233
Cake: Le Petit Gateau, 201-391-6300
Decor/Florist/Sign-In Board: Debbie’s Design, 973-696-7930
Mom Dress: Mom Jennifer, Donald Deal 212-398-5007
Sister Emily: Gotham City Clothing, 973-912-8412
Suits for family: Hermes
Hair/makeup: Barbara, Joseph Taylor Salon, 845-639-0900
Transportation: Limo Express, 201-343-3488
Photographer: Joe Pacifico, 718-339-6642
Montage: Wanda Weber, Spot On Pictures, 212-979-9667
Entrance Video: Bar Mitzvah boy Jordan Mittleman
Kippah: Mazel Tops 800-397-0703
Custom Basketball Tallis: Israel Book Shop 800-323-7723
Custom Stamp: Zazzle.com
Dunkin Jordan sign: Debbie’s Designs
Basketball bagels : Shoprite