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“Spaceballs” Themed Bat Mitzvah For Huge Mel Brooks Fan!
January 23rd, 2022

“Spaceballs” Themed Bat Mitzvah For Huge Mel Brooks Fan!

Penny is a big Mel Brooks fan so “Spaceballs: The Bat Mitzvah” was the perfect theme. The service was held at Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel in South Orange, New Jersey followed by a small luncheon with 80 guests at hibachi restaurant Arirang in Mountainside, New Jersey.

This family included Mel Brooks special touches in many ways! Each table was named for a different Mel Brooks film, with posters of the movies serving as table markers. Guests enjoyed a round of Mel Brooks themed trivia and after a lively hibachi show and delicious lunch, they enjoyed a “Spaceballs: The Cake” for dessert. As guests left the celebration, they received a “Spaceballs: The Bat Mitzvah” shirt.

Pictured above (L-R): Mom Allie, brother Simon, Bat Mitzvah girl Penny and dad David

The photographer was Morgan Triska Media and the rest of the vendors are listed below.

Bat Mitzvah Details

Mom To Mom Advice

“Plan the party that your child wants, not the typical party that everyone else has or the ones that you’ve been to. Our child isn’t into dancing and loves Japanese food, so we planned a party that reflected those interests. Also, beware..if you hold your event at a hibachi place, make sure the chefs know NOT to playfully squirt oil at the photographer’s camera or they’ll break her flash and you’ll end up with limited pictures! Unfortunately, that was the case for us!”

Mitzvah Project

Penny raised $3,160 for JASA, the go-to agency for older New Yorkers. JASA serves more than 40,000 seniors each year with 20+ services and programs to empower seniors to age in their own homes and communities. Penny has been a member of JASANextGen (a volunteer advocacy program for ages 12-22) throughout the pandemic, interviewing seniors and learning about food insecurity, mental health issues, and more. Penny wanted to raise funds to help older adults receive critical services. They held a bake sale at the house, advertising it on social media and at school. They offered far-away friends and those who don’t like carbs a “double the donation” offer – they could pay for treats which they would then bake and deliver to the interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges where they live. Penny sold out of the bake sale, and delivered an additional ten fresh batches of goods to the food pantry! To connect with JASA for a mitzvah project, email [email protected].

Bat Mitzvah Vendors

Venue: Arirang, 908-998-3721
Photographer: Morgan Triska Media, 412-636-1834
Favors: Purple Door Designs, 973-229-2557
Invitations: Andrea Napchan Designs, 516-652-5484
Cake: Eat Knit and DIY, Krista Winters, 347-993-1528
Mom’s Dress and Simon’s Suit: Nordstroms
Hair/Makeup: Lumie Salon, Kosia Asiamah, 973-327-9555
Mitzvah Project:

Under The Sea Eilat, Israel Themed Bat Mitzvah
January 16th, 2022

Under The Sea Eilat, Israel Themed Bat Mitzvah

Natalie celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at Shelter Rock Caterers in Rosyln, New York with an “Under The Sea” Eilat, Israel theme filled with state-of-the-art decor and production. Her dad Gil is a 20 year event producer so the bar was set high to come up with very creative decor and a unique event for his daughter, the third of his five children.

Her dad tells Mitzvah Market, “It was important for us to come together with our family and good friends to celebrate Natalie. We worked tirelessly creating a breathtaking under the sea theme with an immersive environment from floor to ceiling and a dramatic grand entrance, something to rival what we did for her older brothers’!”

The caterer served up savory authentic cuisine and the wait staff wore thematic attire to complete the motif.

Pictured above (L-R): Brothers David and Jacob, Bat Mitzvah girl Natalie, Dad Gil, sister Ella, Mom Karen and brother Isaac.

The photographer was LMS Entertainment and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom.

Bat Mitzvah Details

Natalie’s Brothers’ Bar Mitzvah Entrances


Advice from Dad Gil

Captivate your guests by carrying out a theme or motif starting with the decor, production, catering and entertainment, to create a memorable affair that engages all guests throughout the party. Start early! Keep all vendors in the loop.

Bat Mitzvah Vendors:

Venue/Cake: Shelter Rock Caterers, 516-358-0800
Party Planner: PBG Event Productions, 516-358-0800
Music Entertainment: Jewish DJ, 516-358-0800
Additional Music Entertainment: Avi Perets & Ouri Bitan, 917-734-2722
Photographer: LMS Entertainment, 718-229-2700
Videographer: Digital Arts, 718-465-8476
Favors/Sign-In Board: Print Station NY, 646-464-2037
Decor: CERF (Creative Event Rentals & Furnishings), 212-677-0800
Florist: Jerry Sibal, 212-679-3229
Dress: Designing Dreams, 516-248-1988
Makeup: Katrina, 917-285-0648
Hair: Great Hands, 516-931-0445

A Tailgate Bar Mitzvah Party at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich
January 3rd, 2022

A Tailgate Bar Mitzvah Party at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich

By Mom Alissa Butterfass

We spent the entire Shabbat/weekend at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich with our extended family, which made the entire occasion extra special. On Friday night we held the Kabbalat Shabbat services and a Shabbat dinner for extended family and close friends, where my son Seth’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends toasted him. After dinner we hung out playing board games and cards until late in the evening.

Pictured above (L-R): Bar Mitzvah boy Seth, mom Alissa and brother Max

The main Bar Mitzvah ceremony and celebration were Saturday night. About 200 people attend a Mincha/Mariv/Havdalah service where Seth read Torah, helped lead the service and gave a meaning D’var Torah about his portion. Seth’s Tallit belonged to his late father Andy, who passed away in December 2019, and the Tallit that I wore was created from my wedding dress.

After the service, the adults headed to cocktail hour and the kids and teens headed to Seth’s Tailgate Party, showcasing his favorite team the Seattle Seahawks. The entire party room was decked out in navy and green, with various versions of Seth’s logos on all of the decor. Seth’s brother Max gave a hilarious speech, I gave a heartfelt one and then the montage showcased memories throughout Seth’s life. After a challenging two years, it was amazing to come together for a happy occasion and the love and support from family and friends was palpable.

The photos were by Tom Warren Photography and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom.

Bar Mitzvah Details

Mom to Mom Advice

“Having just the right décor, food, music, entertainment and clothes is great and planning it all can be a lot of fun, but what truly will make your Bar Mitzvah special is sharing it with your friends and family. If you’re able to create multiple opportunities to spend time with them throughout the weekend, I recommend it. Between Friday night dinner, Shabbat brunch, the Saturday night party and just hanging out during downtime, I was able to catch up with each of my relatives, close friends and out of town guests. And watching my kids create memories with their cousins and extended family made my heart swell.”

Bar Mitzvah Vendors:

Venue: Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 203-637-1234
Music Entertainment: MC Eugene, DJ Josh, Jimmy Dee Entertainment, 914-428-9231
Photographer: Tom Warren Photography, 516-847-2330
Favors/Logos/Escort Cards/Hand Sanitizers/Playing Cards/Step-n-Repeat: Favor & Flair, 914-949-0133
Service Program:
Kosher Caterer: Above & Beyond Catering, 201-746-6161
Decor: Event Design Studio NY, 914-374-8232
Mom’s Custom Tallit:, 339-364-2122
Board: Magic Mirror Store, 914-419-1717
Dress: Elephant Trunk, 914-666-7666
Suits: Seth, Brooks Brothers, Max: JCrew
Hair/Makeup: Hopscotch Salon at Hyatt Regency Greenwich

Sports Theme Bar Mitzvah held at West Rock Indoor Sports
December 16th, 2021

Sports Theme Bar Mitzvah held at West Rock Indoor Sports

Melisa Imberman from The Event Of A Lifetime helped this family a few years ago with their daughter’s “Topf of the World” Bat Mitzvah. Now it was her younger brother Josh’s turn. His Bar Mitzvah was originally scheduled for last Fall in the middle of COVID, so the family decided to have the service at that time along with a small celebration. Josh patiently waited over a year and finally got his “Topf of his Game” celebration!

The Bar Mitzvah party was held at West Rock Indoor Sports and Peter Oberc was the photographer.

Party Details

Mazel Topf! to this family and big thanks to Melisa for sharing this celebration with our readers. Learn more about The Event Of A Lifetime here.

A Bat Mitzvah Theme Based On Skiing and Purple
December 11th, 2021

A Bat Mitzvah Theme Based On Skiing and Purple

This Boston family celebrated their daughter Cecelia’s Bat Mitzvah service on a Saturday morning at Congregation B’nai Torah in Sudbury, MA. Following the service, there was a small luncheon at Bullfinchs Restaurant also in Sudbury. The Bat Mitzvah party was the following afternoon at Brae Burn Country Club and included family and friends. The DJ provided lots of games and dancing and at the Bat Mitzvah girls request, a decorate your own donut bar! The theme centered around Cecelia’s favorite activity, skiing. Mom Jennifer tells Mitzvah Market, “We were so incredibly grateful to be able to have the party of Cecelia’s dreams, in person, with all of her loved ones present.”

Photo above (L-R): Bat Mitzvah girl Cecelia, mom Jennifer, dad Berkeley and sister Olivia

The photographer was Sara Colket and the rest of the vendors are listed below.

Bat Mitzvah Service/Luncheon and Party Details

Mom to Mom Advice From Jennifer

As stressful as the time is leading up to your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, try to enjoy it. It goes by in the blink of an eye and you will be sad when it’s all over. Remember to stop and take it all in. It’s such a special day.

Bat Mitzvah Project

Cecelia collected items for Circle of Hope, an agency in Needham, MA that provides clothing and other items to homeless individuals in MA. They had all of the donations sent to their house and then delivered them in person to Circle of Hope.

Bat Mitzvah Vendors

Venue: Brae Burn Country Club, 617-244-0680
Brunch Restaurant: Bullfinchs, 978-443-4094
Party Planner (Favors/Decor/Balloons/Flowers/Sign-in): Erica Weinstein, Erica Paige Events, 774-258-0101
Montage: Erica Silverman, Montages by Erica, 617-529-7767
Music Entertainment: Adam Averback, Party Excitement Entertainment, 978-535-3100
Photographer: Sara Colket, 617-501-3550
Invitations: Peggy Fineman, The Paper Parlor, 617-964-1266
Dresses: Pink Domino, 617-964-7465
Suit: Indochino, Nordstroms, 508-318-2600
Makeup: Jasmine Pham, 781-439-8889
Hair/Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty, 508-572-7005

See other celebrations that took place in Boston here.

Incorporate Your Last Name Into Your Bar Bat Mitzvah Logo/Theme
December 5th, 2021

Incorporate Your Last Name Into Your Bar Bat Mitzvah Logo/Theme

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah planning process usually starts with an idea for your child’s theme or logo. Many families are cleverly incorporating their last name into the design or tagline of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah logo.

We know you can’t change your last name, but we hope some of these ideas will inspire you for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah logo! Forward this story to friends with the last names below. They will thank you for sharing!


Did you have a creative logo for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah that incorporated your LAST NAME? Please let us know at [email protected], we would love to share your idea with our readers!

Get more logo inspiration: Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Logos A-Z!

A Gaming Themed Bar Mitzvah Including Vintage Pac-Man
November 26th, 2021

A Gaming Themed Bar Mitzvah Including Vintage Pac-Man

Bar Mitzvah boy Gavin loves gaming, specifically vintage games and really wanted this incorporated into his Bar Mitzvah theme. The family was working with Melisa Imberman from The Event Of A Lifetime and she tells Mitzvah Market, “This celebration was originally planned to be under a tent at my clients’ house, but as time went on and the pandemic seemed to be getting more under control, the family decided to switch gears and we had to find a venue.” Although the event was only a few months away, Melisa is always up for a challenge and ultimately booked the Bar Mitzvah to take place at the Larchmont Shore Club. She teamed up with EK Event Group and transformed the space for Gavin’s gaming themed celebration.

Photos were by Liz Hartzman Photography.

The end of the party featured a Ben & Jerry’s cart so guests could make a sundae! Thank you to Melisa and The Event Of A Lifetime for sharing Gavin’s Bar Mitzvah celebration.

See more real parties here.


A Fun Kids Party At Elevate Event Lounge, Westchester, NY
November 21st, 2021

A Fun Kids Party At Elevate Event Lounge, Westchester, NY

Zac celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with a party for his friends on a Friday night at Elevate Event Lounge located in Yorktown Heights, NY followed by his Bar Mitzvah service the same weekend in his backyard. Mom Marlo tells Mitzvah Market, “We were so happy to eventually be able to have Zac’s party after 2 postponements. Zac is our 3rd and last child, so this was bittersweet. Watching Zac become a man, was an incredible experience that we will treasure forever.”

This family had previously shared sister Lily’s Bat Mitzvah celebration which took place at Camp Starlight.

Pictured above: Mom Marlo, sister Madison, Bar Mitzvah boy Zac, sister Lily and dad Andrew

Doublevision was the photographer and the rest of the vendors are listed below.

Bar Mitzvah Details


Bar Mitzvah Vendors

Venue: Elevate Event Lounge, 914-352-6400
Invitations/Logos: Sari Bourne Design on Instagram
Photographer: Carolyn Simpson, Doublevision Photographers, 914-954-4770
Decor: Balloon Artistry, 845-352-2828
Board: Etsy
Dresses: Revolve Online
Suits: Bloomingdales
Hair/Makeup: HOTT Blow Dry, 914-425-5900

Check out the ideas and get inspiration from other families around the country who have celebrated their child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah here.

Mom Find: Edible Fruit Featuring Your Logo
November 20th, 2021

Mom Find: Edible Fruit Featuring Your Logo

Bar and Bat Mitzvah planning families are searching and finding the newest ideas and trends for their own Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations! These parents of Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids are sharing ideas, posting advice and asking questions in our private regional Bar Bat Mitzvah planning groups on Facebook.

We wanted to share a recent find: Fun to Eat Fruit was invented by a Dad who wanted to raise healthy eaters in a junk food world. He invented a fresh, new way to make eating fruit fun! You can serve your guests messages on fresh apples, pears, lemons, limes, oranges and more through a custom logo that’s created from food-grade ingredients.

Check out these ideas for a Bar Bat Mitzvah

Just upload a hi-res file of your image (jpeg, eps, PDF, Vector), and they will do the rest. If you don’t have a logo, their graphic department can help. They need 3-4 weeks prior to the event in order to get all orders shipped in time for your celebration.

This brings branding your event to a new level! To learn more, visit Fun To Eat Fruit.

See past “Mom Find” here.

Corey’s Island Bar Mitzvah Based on Survivor TV Show
November 14th, 2021

Corey’s Island Bar Mitzvah Based on Survivor TV Show

When Corey celebrated his Bar Mitzvah October, 2021, it was based on one of his family’s favorite tv shows, CBS’s Survivor. Mom Dara tell’s Mitzvah Market, “We love the show and have been fans for a long time. It seemed like a fitting Bar Mitzvah theme after the year we all just had. My vision was carried out and executed perfectly through the help of our tribe.”

Pictured above: Dad David, Bar Mitzvah boy Corey, mom Dara and brother Max

Omar Gonzalez was the photographer and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom.

Bar Mitzvah Details

Mitzvah Project
Corey’s Bar Mitzvah project was to raise awareness in honor of his Nana Elyse for the National Kidney Foundation. She passed away almost 5 years ago and he wanted to give back in her honor since she always gave so much.

Mom to Mom Advice from Dara
“Do your research! Plan around your child and what they love and then let the professionals transform your ideas into reality.”

Bar Mitzvah Vendors

Venue: Pure Event Space, 732-952-2628
Party Planner: Stacey Nisenson, Full On Events, 973-800-2619
Music Entertainment/Extra Entertainment: MC Vigilance, Pure Energy Music, 800-419-5355
Photographer: Omar Gonzalez, 973-735-3099
Videographer: Russ Voylan, 973-738-7618
Cantor: Neil Berris, 631-553-2330
Favors: Paula Blumenau Halo, 914-334-3460
Sweatshirt Favor: Shawn Goldstein, Just Name It, 973-868-5887
Shorts Favor: Made With Love and Kisses USA, 516-694-3321
Invitations/Sign-In: Serina, Cardture, 201-660-7768
Decor: Phyllis, Extraordinary Productions, 973-467-1637
Montage: Jackie Marek, The Montage Maven, 914-220-0050 x:100
Food Truck: Curbside Confections NJ, 201-986-6086
Mom’s Dress: Bernsteins, 732-516-1112
Suits: 580 South, 973-758-0580
Hair: Jennifer, Salon Four, 908-680-6114
Make up: Faces by Grace, 201-753-8264
Transportation: Clover Coaches, 908-468-1952

See more Mitzvah Family Spotlight stories and get inspired for your celebration!