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The Samantha Lustberg Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

This is the third spotlight for the Lustberg family!

Sister Sydney celebrated in 2009 and we also spotlighted Dad’s celebration from 1979. Now it’s daughter Samantha’s turn.

She celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in January 2012 at Temple Or Elohim in Jericho, New York. After her havdalah service, guests moved into the ballroom for her celebration.

With slight snow flurries during the day, their touches of winter wonderland was a perfect theme! We thank them for sharing this party with our readers.


Pictured above L-R: Mom Tama, Bat Mitzvah girl Samantha, Sister Sydney and Dad Gary

Jack Katz was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.





Ellen Futterman from Proper Notice created their unique invitation in soft blue hues.



Lustberg invite

 Each handmade paper invitation featured a pinwheel opening which was letter pressed and foiled by hand





Sammy couldn’t decide if she wanted to wear a short dress or a long gown, so she wore two Bat Mitzvah dresses! Both were from It’s Simply For You.



The short white dress was worn during her service and cocktail hour and then she surprised her guests when she made her grand entrance in the long gown





Verbena Designs created their decor including the set-up of the place cards below.



Sam Lustberg place cards

 Mom found the votives at Michaels and had her calligrapher do the rest!

Sam Lustberg place cards

 Pretty calligraphy in white ink



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The ballroom at Temple Or Elohim is ready for guests to arrive.


Sam Lustberg decor

 Jennifer McKeon from Verbena Designs used white tree branches, tall vases with floating flowers and lots of candles to create a dramatic look 

Sam Lustberg decor

 Blow up posters of Sammy were displayed around the room

Sam Lustberg decor

 Up lighting sets the mood


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Entertainment Tonite provided the music with Matt “Showtime” as the MC.


sam Lustberg Make An Entrance

 Sammy makes her entrance on a toboggan sled

Sam Lustberg DJ

 Matt having fun with the Bat Mitzvah girl

Sam Lustberg DJ

 Guests enjoying the music


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Instead of a cake, Sammy used an ice sculpture of her name provided by Hasson Caterers for her candle lighting.


Sam Lustberg candle lighting





Coco Event Design provided fun for the young guests including Pop A Shot and iSkins.




Sam Lustberg fun

Pop A Shot

Sam Lustberg fun





Sammy’s sign-in book was created by Simon Elliot Events using photos from a photo session with Jack Katz.



 Sam Lustberg sign-in






Sweatshirts for Sammy’s friends were created by


Lustberg favor
The girls received a pink zip up with the saying, Free Hugs and the date of her Bat Mitzvah

Lustberg favor

 The boys version was a black hooded sweatshirt





Mitzvah planning advice from Mom Tama:

“Enjoy the planning every step of the way and keep it all in perspective, I promise, it will all get done even if you save it all for the last 2 months!”


Stamp - Mitzvah Project Idea



For her Mitzvah Project, Samantha signed up for a Peer Mentoring program at AHRC as a long term commitment to helping children with autism.

AHRC logo



Stamp Vendor's Directory



The following vendors helped to make Samantha’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on

Venue: Temple Or Elohim
Caterers: Shawn, Hasson Catering 516-937-0120
Music Entertainment: MC Matt “Showtime,” Entertainment Tonite, 516-826-8900
Favors: Jim Levi,, 855-629-3543
Party Entertainment: Dennis, Coco Event Design, 212-937-6954
Invitation: Ellen Futterman, Proper Notice, 516-621-9523
Ice Sculptor:
Hasson Catering
Décor/florist: Jennifer McKeon, Verbena Designs, 516-935-3757
book/blowups/banners: Michelle Collins, Simon Elliot Events  516-586-6822
Samantha/Sydney dresses: It’s Simply For You 516-921-2863
Mom’s Dress: Custom by Designer Lopez Knudsen
Hair/makeup: Nicole, About Face, 516-348-5292
Photographer: Jack Katz, 718-948-3965,



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