The Shapot Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Shapot Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

Hi All!

The Shapot family from New York City wanted a fun “basketball” themed celebration in honor of their son Isaac’s Bar Mitzvah and his love of the game. On November 14, 2009 the service was held at the family’s synagogue, Congregation Habonim with a Kiddush luncheon that followed. Then in the evening it was off to “hoop it up” at Crest Events located in Times Square New York City.

Mitzvah Mom Chaye is in the favor business. She designed an awesome logo and it was used throughout the party. We would like to thank the Shapot Family for sharing their creative ideas with Mitzvah Market! All Vendor information is at the bottom.

Pictured left to right: Brother Daniel, Dad Michael, Bar Mitzvah Boy Isaac and Mitzvah Mom Chaye.   All party photography was done by Kristen Somody-Whalen.

Here’s their game plan…..


Mitzvah Mom Chaye incorporated her son’s love of basketball into every aspect of this party. Starting with the invitation created by RSVP Today.


Shapot invite

The orange paper was textured, to evoke a basketball


The party held at Crest Events a unique venue located in Times Square, New York City. The adults and kids were in separate rooms for cocktails, and then the adults joined the kids for a dinner buffet.



Shapot room

Cocktail room for the adults at Crest Events


Stamp - Mitzvah Decor


The decor was centered around….you guessed it….basketball!



Shapot napkins

This special logo started with Isaac’s stamp on his invitation and continued onto the cocktail napkins….

Shapot table
……and onto the cocktail tables!

Shapot table

Charmaine from Diana Gould Flowers & Event Decor added special basketball touches everywhere. How cool are these tables!

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Posters of Isaac “hooping it up” were placed around the room

Shapot decor
Another fabulous decor element: Isaac’s silhouette making a basketball shot!

Shapot in front sign
Here’s Isaac standing next to his sign-in board


Stamp - Mitzvah Music


For their music entertainment, the Shapot’s used Gotham Events with Brian as their MC.



Shapot DJ

Isaac getting into the act

Shapot dancers
Isaac’s logo was screened onto the basketball jerseys that the dancers, bartenders and coat check attendants wore

Shapot in chair

Here is Bar Mitzvah boy Isaac being lifted in the chair during the Horah!




Mitzvah Mom Chaye’s company Max Merchandising did the favors which were chocolate cookies and sweatshirts.


Shapot cookie

Yum!!! Featuring his logo

Shapot sweatshirt

The sweatshirts have a unique design that included Isaac’s silhouette




There were other fun activities for the kids. Dog tags featuring their pictures and a Hollywood voice over booth.



Photo dog tags

A guest trying out the Hollywood voice-over area




We love how even basketball was incorporated into Isaac’s very creative Mitzvah Montage produced by Liz Celotto from Spot On Pictures. To take a peek, watch his video by clicking here.


Stamp - Mitzvah Cake


The cake by Jason Ellis of Top Tiers in Farmingdale, NY was specifically designed with Isaac in mind. The design incorporated all the things he loves: basketball, the Jets football team and tennis.


Shapot cake
Looks too good to eat!



Jack Ryan, the “Hoop Wizard” was a big hit and performed for Isaac and his friends.



Shapot hoop wizard

Isaac with Jack Ryan showing off his moves

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The Hoop Wizard performing for guests

Stamp - Mitzvah Project Idea


The Shapot family feel that giving back is part of the Bar Mitzvah lesson. For Isaac’s Mitzvah Project he donated a percentage of his gift money to programs that allow under priviledged youths to play basketball.



Mitzvah Mom Chaye has this advice for our Mitzvah Market readers. “Do what makes your child happy, but be sure you have the final say. At the event, just breathe and have fun!” Sounds like great advice! Thanks.

Stamp Vendor's Directory


Here is a list of the Mitzvah Vendors who helped make Isaac’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on Thanks!


Venue: Crest Events 212-398-0040
DJ/MC Gotham Events 212-643-8718
Favor person: Mitzvah Mom Chaye’s company Max Merchandising 212-692-9307
Invitation: RSVP Today 917-836-8581
Cake: Top Tiers by Jason Ellis 516-674-8115
Decor/Florist/Sign-In Board: Charmaine at Diana Gould LTD 914-347-7134
Clothing for family: Bergdorf’s, Lubins/Rothman’s in Scarsdale
Makeup: Soul at Shu Uemura at Barney’s 646-306-1037
Photography: Kristen Somody-Whalen 646-245-0069
Entertainer: The Hoop Wizard, Jack Ryan 917-754-2486
Montage: Liz Celotto, Video Production 201-836-3911

Posted in Mitzvah Spotlight, Family