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The Rubin Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Rubin Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Rubin family from Roslyn, New York celebrated daughter Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah on November 24, 2012 at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, New York.

Later that evening, it was a “white out” reception, with a South Beach nightclub feel at H On The Harbor in Port Washington, New York.


Pictured L-R: Sister Maddie, Dad Jason, Bat Mitzvah girl Sophie and Mom Wendy.

Party photography was by Stephen Andrews Photography and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.





 Sophie at her service at Temple Sinai.








Dara Grunberg of Dear Friends created Sophie’s white hot invitation which gave guests information about the theme.


The invitation included a “Whiteout VIP” card which directed guests to a Website created exclusively for Sophie’s party by Stephen Andrews Photography 




 Sophie’s dress was created by Designing Dreams. Her long tulle skirt was removed after her entrance so she could dance in a shorter version of her dress. Sister Maddie’s custom outfit was designed by Holly Green.



Sophie and her sister Maddie strike a pose

 All guests were asked to wear their best “white beach chic” to celebrate in true South Beach style



The Rubins worked closely with H on the Harbor owner Alan Feinstein, Stephen Strutt of Stephen Andrews Photography and Dean of Great Neck Games to bring all the decor and creative elements to life.


 Sophie posing next to the white lifeguard chair

White lounge furniture and draping with pink up lighting

 Posters of Sophie wrapped around the walls

The dance floor gobo



Lots of details added to the authentic south beach feel.


Flip flops for those who wanted to take off their heels to dance 

Sophie holding one of her custom made terry cloth pillows from Holly Green

The backdrop for the Challah table was a picture of Sophie at the beach with Sophie Beach spelled out in the sand





Sophie made her entrance on a surfboard from Surfboard Beach Art.


Guests threw confetti as she entered the room



DJ’s Unlimited provided the musical entertainment and led the action on the dance floor.



Sister Maddie getting a twirl



There were many fun interactive elements at this SoBe party including airbrushing courtesy of DJ’s Unlimited and  sandbox with surf simulators operated by Great Neck Games.



Air-brushed flipped flops were made for Sophie’s guests

Guests getting airbrushed tattoos

Some surfer dudes practicing their moves



Mom Wendy surrounded by her friends.


Mom Wendy and her friends in all white!



Sophie surrounded by all of her friends during her candle lighting ceremony.



The cake display had many beach elements like sand, pails, beach chairs, and cake pops that were later passed out in the pails!

The cake had beach chair candles and was created by Cake Boss finalist Corina Elgart of Taste.




 Chelsea Blake by Holly Green created the white off the shoulder sweatshirts for the girls.




The front of the sweatshirt

The back of the sweatshirt read, “Out of the dark, into the white”

The favors came in these great bags and Sophie’s guests got custom twisty band hair ties to tie the socks together



Advice from Mom Wendy:
“I practiced a lot of deep breathing and yoga! There are so many details to coordinate and manage. It’s important to remain calm and balance patience with perseverance. Not everything goes exactly how you expect but that makes for a more fun and exciting party in the end. Hurricane Sandy was two weeks before Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah. I was grateful that H On The Harbor did not suffer any hurricane damage.  The party was a true collaborative effort. I could not have pulled off the “White Out” party without the talents of my creative party planning team.”



Sophie designed custom shoe laces, “NVR4GET” to raise awareness and funds for the National Holocaust Museum. The laces will be given to individuals who participate in Temple Sinai’s First Annual Race for Remembrance this Spring. 


Visit Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah Website, for more information about her Mitzvah Project




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


Venue: H on the Harbor, 516-883-0091
Party Planner/Caterer: Alan Feinstein, H on the Harbor
Decor: Dean, Great Neck Grames
Photographer/Videographer/Decor elements:
Steven Strutt, Stephen Andrews Photography, 516- 780-9100 
Website/ Montage: Stephen Strutt, Stephen Andrews Photography
Music Entertainment/MC: DJ’s Unlimited Productions, 516-496-9616
Favors: Chelsey Blake by Holly Green 
Party entertainment: Sand Box/Surf Simulator, Great Neck Games, 516- 747-9191
Invitation: Dara, Dear Friends, 516-456-2514
Cake: Corina, Taste, 516-802-2212
board: Marjy, Surfboard Beach Art, 631-374-3399
Printing and production: Alan Shanes, 516-647-8843
Favor Bags: Bag Makers, 800-458-9023
Custom hair bands/Custom shoe laces:
The Twist Band 
Sophie’s custom made dress:
Designing Dreams, 516-248-1988
Mom Wendy’s dress: Versace, 212-317-0224
Maddie’s dress: Infinity Clothing by Holly Green
Hair: Liz and Tina, Bella Luna Salon, 516- 801-3730
Lauren and Sondra, Jill Sherer Ltd., 516-621-6611
Transportation: Delux Transportation of Port Washington, 800-232-3358


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