The Jack Rothenberg Family Spotlight

The Jack Rothenberg Family Spotlight

The Rothenberg family from Rockville, Maryland, celebrated son Jack’s Bar Mitzvah on March 14, 2015, at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Maryland, and the reception at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

The theme, “Jack’s March Madness” was incorporated everywhere and because of the special date, 3.14.15, special Pi Day elements added to this great celebration.

This is the second celebration for this family, read about older sister Andie’s Bat Mitzvah here. – See more at:

This is the second celebration for this family, read about older brother Danny’s Bar Mitzvah here.

This is the second celebration for this family, read about older sister Andie’s Bat Mitzvah here. – See more at:


Pictured L-R: Brother Danny, Mom Shelley, Dad Steve and Bar Mitzvah boy Jack. 

The photographer was Bradley Images and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight. 




 The family worked with Lee Altobello of Invitinglee on the black and orange invitation.



Jack Rothenberg invite

 The front of the invitation

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The back of the invitation celebrates Pi Day; the day of Jack’s Bar Mitzvah celebration




 Jack was ready to recite his Haftorah and Torah portion and help to lead services at B’nai Israel Congregation.



Rothenberg service


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The Rothenberg family outside of their synagogue




Mom Shelley and Dad Steve own Talk of the Town, a special events company in Rockville, Maryland, that provides interactive entertainment, props and decorations. The ballroom was everything basketball!

 Jack rothenberg decor

On the wall of the ballroom there was a custom gobo with
Jack’s March Madness. The cocktail tables with a basketball and hoop were a big hit!

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Black lounge furniture throughout the room with orange accents

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Basketball pillows and side tables incorporated the theme

 Jack rothenberg bar decor
The double bar had Jack’s logo on the front and screens on either side of the bar showing basketball videos

Rothenberg table decor

LED tables and cocktail tables decorated with custom logos and basketball court table tops

 Jack rothenberg dance floor

The dance floor was made to look like a basketball court with blue uplighting

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 Jack posed on the dance floor with his name as a floor decal




Some of the special details included orange pillar and votive candles along with custom cocktail napkins.


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The sign-in board was a clear basketball backboard table.


Jack Rothenberg BB sign-in

Now in Jack’s room —  what a great memento of the day



Adults enjoyed great dinner stations including sushi, brisket sliders, and a hot dog station with Chicago-style hot dogs and pastrami dogs. Kids enjoyed classic sliders, bacon cheeseburger sliders, chicken and waffles and french fries.


 rothenberg sushi

 One of the many yummy stations




Mom and Dad made a special basketball sideline chair for Jack to use during his Horah celebration.


Jack Rothenberg BB horah chair





 MC Spots of Washington Talent was in charge of all the action on the dance floor.



Jack Rothenberg entrance
Jack made his way into the ballroom

!Jack Rothenberg horah chair
In his special Horah chair

 Jack Rothenberg DJ

 MC Spots up on the stage risers

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 Guests on the dance floor had fun with the Rothenberg family




The kids had their own area during the cocktail hour filled with basketball entertainment from Talk of the Town Entertainment. Some of the interactive fun included: “Urban Hoops,” “Plunk It” and “Pac-Man Battle Royale.” There was a stilt walker with a basketball hoop, an airbrush tattoo artist and an InstaCam green screen digital photo booth.



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Guests hooped it up 

 rothenberg fun

“Plunk It” gave guests a chance to test their skills

Jack Rothenberg fun
Guests also enjoyed the “Strike a Light” game



In honor of Pi Day, 3.14.15, mini pies and milk shakes were passed for dessert.



 rothenberg food



Kids’ favors were t-shirts with a custom logo.


Jack Rothenberg favors
Displayed on a table and under the Step-n-Repeat with the same logo

 Jack Rothenberg favor
The t-shirt favor for Jack’s guests




Jack started off providing dinners for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, Maryland, but when he went to make the 1st dinner the Rothenberg family noticed their kitchen was lacking in kitchenware such as utensils, pots, pans, etc. So, in addition to making dinners, Jack bought and received donations of kitchen items.





Some advice from Mom Shelley: “Your son/daughter should be your main focus when planning the day. Don’t feel pressure from anyone else.”




The following vendors helped to make Jack’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on


Venue: Lakewood Country Club, 301-762-5430
Photographer: Bradley Images, 410-902-6664 
Music Entertainment/MC: MC Spots, Washington Talent, 301-762-1800
Décor/florist: Dad Steve Rothenberg,, Talk of the Town Variety Entertainment, 301-738-9500
Favor person
: Lisa Schneider, Party Favorites, 301-807-9513
Party entertainment: Dad Steve Rothenberg, Talk of the Town Variety Entertainment, 301-738-9500
Invitation: Lee Altobello, Invitinglee, 301-983-3354
Montage: Mom Shelley
Sign-In chair/Basketball Court Floor: Dad Steve Rothenberg, Talk of the Town Variety Entertainment, 301-738-9500
Mom Shelley’s dress: Nordstrom Tyson’s Corner
Suits for family members: Dad Steve, Jack and brother Danny:Nordstrom
Hair: Paula, Salon 4, 301-984-1177
Makeup: Stacy Ferguson, 301-233-5323



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