The Barzilay Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Barzilay Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight


The Barzilay Family wanted a fun celebration for their son Jake’s Bar Mitzvah which was held at the Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, LI. By the look of their photos, we think they achieved their goals! 

Jake loves the Miami Heat which was the theme of his celebration.

Pictured left: Darlene, Bar Mitzvah boy Jake and Todd Barzilay




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The Barzilays looked great in their coordinated outfits. Darlene’s dress is by Skinz from Rhonas in Manalapan, NJ, and she also made the matching vests for Todd and Jake seen below. Darlene’s hair was done by John at Milaje and her makeup was done by freelancer Janet (all contact info at very bottom).

Barzilay Mitzvah Style

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Jake loves the Miami Heat basketball team and that was the theme for the evening! Bridgeview Yacht Club was beautifully decorated by Stefans Florist.


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Jake right before guests arrived…

Barzilay decor

Part of the kids’ lounge area; notice the basketballs in clear cylinders on the center of the tables.

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The Hoop Lounge

Barzilay placecards

Darlene ordered these basketball jersey placecards online through Parties By Debi.



The Barzilay Family had a terrific sign-in board that is ingenious!!! They used Jake’s bedroom closet door. By painting it red, drawing lines across the top and adding an eye hook and lock, it resembled a locker room door. Jake’s friends signed the door using a black Sharpie and at the end of the night, the door was brought home and rehung. You can have the kids sign the inside or outside of the door. This is one of our favorite “Mitzvah-nomic” ideas!

Barzilay sign-up doors

Jake with his “closet-door” sign-in board on the left and the closet door back in place on the right!



Mitzvah Mom Darlene happens to be in the invitation business and did her invitations herself with the help of Pioneer Announcements. To reach Darlene about invitations for your Mitzvah, email her at:

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The Barzilays used MME Entertainment with Michael (the owner) as their DJ. They decided on upgraded giveaways that you can see below.


Barzilay dancing

Jake dancing the night away!

Barzilay dj favors

The hats and “arm band” tattoos were supplied by the DJ company



The favors for Jake’s friends were created by And That. The girls received black tank tops with Jake’s initials in crystals and the boys received a true basketball jersey!

Barzilay favors



Kudos to Darlene for thinking of many special and creative touches for her party. See a few below:



Barzilay massage

Toward the end of the party, guests were treated to foot and back massages arranged through Darlene’s nail salon. Great idea!

Barzilay sushi

Bridgeview created a “Jake” sushi platter!

Barzilay ice cream truck

Mr. Softee was waiting outside as everyone left the party. What a great ending!



Darlene did an unbelievable job throwing her son Jake’s Bar Mitzvah and has this advice for other Mitzvah planning moms: “There is no need to stress, everything works out. This will be one of the best days of your family’s life. Relax and try to enjoy every minute!”



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Jake was tutored by Michael Marcus who also performed the ceremony at Bridgeview Yacht Club.



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Jake with Michael Marcus


Stamp Vendor's Directory


Here is a list of the vendors who helped make Jake’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on


MME Entertainment: 516-679-5353
Stefan’s Florist: 516-239-2402
Parties By Debi: 713-662-6039
Bridgeview’s Yacht Club: 516-432-2400
Michael Marcus: 888-3-BarBat
And That: 516-364-9222
Milaje (Now called The Salon At 230 West): John 516-921-2017
Make-up artist Janet: 631-513-7159
Dress by Rhonas, Manalapan, NJ 732-972-2795
Photography by Neal Inc.: Neal Bloom 631-754-7442
Mr. Softee: Lorenzo 718-551-1502


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