Safe Backyard B'nai Mitzvah In New Jersey

Safe Backyard B’nai Mitzvah In New Jersey

Safe Backyard B’nai Mitzvah In New Jersey

As the B’nai Mitzvah date for their youngest two children approached, the Lantzman family knew they had to rescheduled due to COVID. Later in the summer, they celebrated Hunter and Kai’s (featured above L-R) with a Zoom service on a Friday night in their living room. After the service they invited all local guests to a “Greet & Treat.” Cars arrived in their driveway and the kids got out to enjoy a Kona Ice treat and to write messages on their sign-in letters that were set up on the driveway.

The next evening, they celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah and were able to read their torah and haftorah portions from their original June date. Immediately following the service they had a small backyard gathering with immediate family and very limited friends. A SPACE Kitchen food truck provided dinner in individual portions and Kona Ice and Lexylicious food trucks provided individual desserts. There were tents, tables and chairs set up in the backyard, along with socially distanced lawn games to keep the kids busy. They also set up an inflatable movie theater to show the montage and then a movie so everyone could stay and hang out longer. In advance of the backyard celebration, they asked everyone sign an electronic card to the kids through Kudoboard and had all the great pictures and messages on display for all to see.  

Friday and Saturday Festivities

Mitzvah Advice

Mom Zanna says, “Given the COVID situation and the uncertainty of the times we find ourselves in, you should definitely be flexible while also finding unique ways to make your children feel special after all the hard work they put in to study for their special day.”

Mitzvah Project

Kai and Hunter collected monetary donations over $700 and also collected used soccer equipment for Beyond the Walls that operates soccer camps in Guatemala City, Guatemala for children that live on the garbage dump. Kai was adopted from Guatemala and Hunter plays competitive soccer and this charity was the perfect fit for them.

B’nai Mitzvah Vendors

Venue: Family backyard
Food: SPACE Kitchen, 201-567-3810
Invitations: EventPrints, 404-745-9590
Photographer: Lou, JanPress Photo Media, 973-992-8812
Music Entertainment: Hunter’s spotify playlist
Montage/Logos: Alyssa Rosania, Thousand Word Montages
Kippot: MayanHands.org
Dessert food trucks: Kona Ice Truck, 908-425-0320, Lexylicous, 732-505-5400
Dresses: Hunter’s party dress, Envie Our Style, 973-671-8883, Zanna’s dress, Bernsteins, 732-516-1112
Make-up: Danielle Recchoa
Hair: Stephanie Thomas
Electronic messageboard: Kudoboard.com

 

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