The Gravitch Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gravitch Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gravitch Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gravitch family from Staten Island, New York, celebrated son Kyle’s Bar Mitzvah on November 9, 2013, with a Havdalah service at Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center and a reception immediately following at Old Bermuda Inn, both in Staten Island, New York.

It was an “iMitzvah” theme which was incorporated into everything from the kippot and invitation to the party decor and favors!

Pictured L-R: Dad Dan, Bar Mitzvah boy Kyle, Sister Alexa and Mom Elisa.

The photographer was Pro Lux Studios and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.

gravitch service

There was a beautiful Havdalah service at Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center

Gravitch kippot and programs

For a nice personal touch, frames displaying photographs titled “Kyle’s Smiles” were on the kippot table

Gravitch kippot

The inside of the kippot had the inscription “Appy imitzvah” a great play on words given his theme

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 One proud Bar Mitzvah boy, we mean man, holding his certificate!

Gravitch invite

Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose created Kyle’s iPhone invitation which gave his guests a glimpse of the party theme

Gravitch style
Everyone looked great in shades of blue. Mom Elisa and sister Alexa got their dresses at Ultimate Fashions and Bar Mitzvah boy Kyle and Dad Dan at The Clothing Center

Gravitch i place cards

The decor and centerpieces incorporated each of Kyle’s interests and were created by Nonni’s Inspiration by Rose. Here’s the place card table…

Gravitch decor

One of the centerpieces represented the Facebook table

Gravitch decor

The Netflix table

 Gravitch scrapbook

The sign-in photo scrapbook was created at the party from The Voto Booth and was a big hit!  The booth produces both photos and videos that are put on a USB flash drive and given to the family after the party. Two sets of pictures printed out and the attendant put one set in the book and then the guests wrote a message to Kyle next to their pictures 

gravitch horah

Magic Touch Productions was a big hit and kept everyone on the dance floor and Al Rock and his partner John were the MC and DJ

gravitch dancing

Everyone had a great time on the dance floor

 Gravitch fun

There were many fun give-aways  

Gravitch fun2

Kyle had some great dancing shoes

gravitch candle lighting

Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose made the display

gravitch dessert
The Old Bermuda Inn baked delicious cupcakes and desserts for guests to enjoy

Gravitch chocolate ipod favor
Delicious chocolate iPhone favors from Doreen’s Creations were a big hit!

 gravitch gift basket

Mom Elisa made the out-of-town baskets and delivered them to the hotel the day before the guests checked in. A welcome note from Kyle was included along with: water bottles, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, candy, pretzels and gum

Through the organization Remember Us, Kyle did remember a child from the Holocaust who did not get to have a Bar Mitzvah. The child’s name was Jacob Aiken. The Project provides the student and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher with the name of a lost child, information about him/her, and suggestions for simple acts of remembrance.


Advice from Mom Elisa:
“Do not listen to other people when they tell you not to worry and that you have plenty of time to plan the event. Time goes very fast and you should pace yourself and get whatever you can done early so you are less stressed later on. And remember to enjoy the day!”

The following vendors made Kyle’s celebration very special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on

Venue: The Old Bermuda Inn, 718-948-7600
Music Entertainment/MC: Magic Touch Productions, 347-210-2347
Photographer/Videographer: Pro Lux Studios, 718-946-4399
Décor/florist: Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose, 718-351-6676
Party entertainment:
The Voto Booth, 718-967-2554
Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose
Doreen’s Creations, 718-605-6797
Cupcakes: The Old Bermuda Inn
book: The Voto Booth
Candle lighting display: Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose
Kyle’s Kippot: Best Kippah, 800-435-1621
Dresses for family members: Ultimate Fashions, 718-605-3274
Suits for family members: The Clothing Center, 732-254-0870
Hair/makeup: Makeovers Beauty Beat, 718-966-7677
Women’s Head Coverings:


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