The Rubin's Beach Bat Mitzvah

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.





 v2stamp_serviceSophie at her service at Temple Sinai.



Sophie Rubin Bat Mitzvah service






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


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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.



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Sophie and her sister Maddie strike a pose

Rubin Style

 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.


Rubin decor

 Sophie posing next to the white lifeguard chair

Rubin decor

White lounge furniture and draping with pink up lighting

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 Posters of Sophie wrapped around the walls

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The dance floor gobo




Lots of details added to the authentic south beach feel.


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

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

Rubin decor
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.


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Guests threw confetti as she entered the room




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


Rubin dj


Rubin dj

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.



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

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Guests getting airbrushed tattoos

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Some surfer dudes practicing their moves



Mom Wendy surrounded by her friends.


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Mom Wendy and her friends in all white!




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



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

Rubin cake
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.



 Rubin favor

The front of the sweatshirt

Rubin favor

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

Rubin favor

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. 


Rubin laces

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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