The Sydney Berger Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Sydney Berger Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Sydney Berger Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight


The Berger family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebrated daughter Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah on September 8, 2012. The service and reception were held at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This family knows how to pick great venues. We did a Mitzvah Inspire story on Brother Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah held at the National Constitution Center, also in Philadelphia.

Sydney is a “techy” girl so her “iBerger” theme was perfect for an evening of fun.

Pictured L-R: Dad Eric, Bat Mitzvah girl Sydney, Mom Lynda and brother Jacob



Ann Marie Casey Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of this spotlight.







Sydney’s iBerger theme started with the Save the Date sent out 6 months before her Bat Mitzvah. In the shape of an iPhone, it requested guests to go online to a Website which had all the information about her Bat Mitzvah and Mitzvah Project.  The invitation was a laptop computer with removable discs.


Sydney Save The Date

Sydney’s Website included info about her Bat Mitzvah Project, movies that she made with friends, venue directions and out of town information

  Sydney Berger invite

Sydney’s invitation was modeled after a laptop computer! The discs served as the RSVP and direction cards





Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah service was held in the Grand Lobby of the Please Touch Museum.


 Berger service

60 foot ceilings with a beautiful and majestic dome

iBerger Bat Mitzvah service

Sydney reading from the Torah






Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah dress and service dress were custom designs by Boston dressmaker, Sondra Celli.



Sydney Berger style




After the service, guests made their way to the Carousel House for the adult cocktail hour and the East Gallery for the kids’ cocktail hour. The East Gallery houses some of the coolest exhibits such as the Alice in Wonderland exhibit where Sydney and her friends had a blast hanging with the Mad Hatter and exploring the many different exhibits.



Sydney Berger Bat Mitzvah museum shot

Sydney and her brother in the Wonderland exhibit filled with optical illusions

Berger venue

 At the Carousel House guests could take a ride on the indoor carousel

Sydney Berger Venue
Sydney’s guests enjoying the super-sized musical keyboards





The iBerger theme was easy to achieve as this creative family owns Color Reflections, a graphics and digital printing company. All the great details were produced in-house.



Sydney Berger place cards

Guests matched their iPhone seating cards with the corresponding texting acronym centerpiece on each table




 Sydney’s sign-in was a beautiful photo book.



Sydney Berger iBerger theme sign in

Photographer Ann Marie Casey created the sign-in book for Sydney’s guests.The book included pictures of Sydney’s pre-shoot taken at The Please Touch Museum weeks before





Mom Lynda collaborated with Judith Campbell of Campbell Studios on the theme and decor.




Sydney Berger iBerger theme table
The beautiful ballroom all lit up

iBerger centerpiece

A texting dictionary on each table

Sydney Berger iBerger centerpiece
Photofetti of Sydney adorned each table

Berger centerpiece
Centerpiece names were texting lingo

Sydney Berger i Berger theme decor

The kids were seated at long tables with names like LOL and BFF 





Sydney’s humorous entrance video was created by Cinema Cake. The video cleverly incorporates Sydney’s iBerger theme with the whole family getting in on the action.


Sydney Berger entrance video

Check it out here





Dance Adelphia provided the music with Jason Douglas as the MC. 




Berger dancing

Sydney with her friends

Sydney Berger dj

The girls taking over the microphone




Sydney’s friends wrote messages to her on the iPhone chair.



Berger sign in





Bredenbeck’s Bakery created this beautiful cake.




Sydney Berger cake

The cake was decorated with all of the popular texting icons 

Sydney Berger candle lighting

Mirrored candle lighting display




 The favors were purple sweatshirts with Sydney’s iBerger logo on it.



  Sydney Berger favor


Sydney Berger sweatshirts

Sydney sneaks in the picture with her friends wearing their iBerger sweatshirts




Guests were treated to Rita’s Italian ice and custards.



Sydney Berger exit treat

Guests receiving their Rita’s

Sydney Berger iBerger theme water bottles

Custom water bottles with a personalized “thank you”



Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah project was with Operation Ava and the Bryn Mawr Veterinary.  She loves animals and thought it would be a great idea helping those who did not have a home. Operation Ava saves animals from shelters nationwide. They receive the care and medical treatment they need prior to adoption. At the Bryn Mawr Veterinary Sydney spent time with the cats, teaching them to socialize, making it easier to get adopted.


Berger Mitzvah Project
A sign at Sydney’s service explaining her two wonderful Mitzvah projects



Mom Lynda had some advice to share:
“I tried to keep it about Sydney and what she’s into. She loves the technology thing. That’s why I tied everything in together with the Website, computer invitations, Save the dates and place cards and Entrance video with the Magic Dance Application. Even the Centerpieces were about texting. It was a very cool and very different theme. It was made for the kids not the adults .. I think that’s how it should be.”






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


Venue: Please Touch Museum, 215-581-3181
Party Planner: Mom Lynda Berger, Color-Reflections, 215-627-4686
Catering: Brulee Catering, 215-923-6000
Campbell Studios, 610-517-4483
Photographer: Ann Marie Casey Photography, 610-519-1980 
Music Entertainment/MC: Danceadelphia, Jason Douglas, 215-467-9551
Invitation/Save the date/Website: Clayton Slook, CHS Designs, 215-272-3613
Favors:  Color-Reflections
Graphic Design: Color-Reflections
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery, 215-247-7374
book: Ann Marie Casey Photography
Cardboard Cut Outs: Color Reflections
Entrance Reveal: Cinema Cake, 610-989-0158
Mitzvah Exit: Rita’s Ices
Sydney’s Custom Service and Bat Mitzvah dress:
Sondra Celli


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