The Gersten Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gersten Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gersten Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

Jeans, Jewels & Jerseys! Do we have your attention?

That was the fun theme for family and friends at Tyler Gersten’s Bar Mitzvah. His Mom tells us that ever since Tyler was little, he has worn a jersey to school. Instead of asking what he should wear, he would ask, “Who should I wear to school?”

His Havdallah service was held in October, 2011 and led by Rabbi Nadia Gold. His celebration followed at Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York.



Pictured above (L-R): Mom Laurie, Bar Mitzvah boy Tyler, Dad Rich and older sister Hallie.


All party photography was done by Ray Karaman and the additional vendor information is at the bottom of the spotlight.






Tyler’s invitation in navy blue and gold tones was created by Staci Rahamin from Sincerely Staci.




Gersten invitation

The bottom of the invitation let guests know what to wear: Jeans, Jewels & Jerseys


Stamp - Mitzvah Style



The family put on their dress clothes for the service, but switched into comfortable attire for Tyler’s celebration!



Gersten style

Tyler is all smiles wearing his favorite article of clothing – a jersey!

Gersten family - Mitzvah Style
Mom Laurie tells us her guests thanked her for being able to dress so comfortably for an event!
If you look closely, the numbers on the Jersey reflected everyone’s ages



Stamp - Mitzvah Decor



Diane Amante from Xquisite Flowers provided the sophisticated decor using the colors of  blue, gold and ivory.



Gersten place cards
The place card table greeted guests upon arrival

Gersten decor

The kids area was in a tent with Tyler’s NFL and NBA jerseys hanging from the ceiling


Gersten decor

The lounge area featured Tyler’s “G” logo. Not only for Gersten, but also for his favorite drink – Gatorade

Gersten decor

Navy linens combined with gold chiavari chairs and gold charger plates gave a masculine and elegant look





Mitzvah Mom Laurie worked hard on creating a special sign-in book for Tyler.




Gersten Sign In book

Each page had a different theme

Gersten Sign-In book

Gersten Sign-in book
Tyler’s friends signing in






The music entertainment was provided by E Three Productions with Tommy C as the MC.



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Tyler making his entrance. Notice his grandfather to the left in his “77” jersey!






At the end of the night, guests were treated to Tyler’s two favorite treats: Gatorade and rock candy!



Gersten Mitzvah Exit




Samantha Karofsky created the sweatshirts for Tyler’s friends. They were navy blue with gold ink and were a fun twist on the Gatorade logo.

Gersten favor
The back of the sweatshirt

Gersten favor

The front of the sweatshirt





Some advice from Mitzvah Mom Laurie:

“Be attuned to what your child wants and create a party that reflects him/her. Never lose sight that this is a party for a 13 year old and a celebration of him/her becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.”


Stamp Vendor's Directory


The following vendors helped to make Tyler’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please be sure to tell them you heard about their services on


Venue: Fenway Golf Club
Party Planner
: Mom Laurie Gersten
Music Entertainment
: MC Tommy C, E Three Productions, 212-921-1080
Samantha Karofsky, 914-419-9166, [email protected]
Party entertainment
: Photo booth, airbrushing/arcade games, The Main Event
Magician: Chris DeLeo, 516-314-5319
Staci Rahamin, Sincerely Staci, 914-769-6902
Diane Amante, Xquisite Flowers and Events 914-632-8700
Ray Karaman, 914-906-7538
: John Braile, Riversound, 631-476-4840
book: Made with love by Mitzvah Mom Laurie
Dresses for family members: Mom’s Service Dress, Goldstein’s, 201-567-0550
Hallie’s Service Dress: All Dressed Up, 914-690-1593
Tyler’s Suit: Nordstroms
Hair: Tina of Hair Express, 914-760-4345
Makeup: Essie Cohen, Xpressivefaces, 914-575-9227

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