While not sharing a date with Thanksgiving this year, Hanukkah is rapidly approaching! Whether you plan to have a low key celebration of simply lighting the menorah, or an all-out party with all your loved ones, we’ve rounded up some amazing decoration ideas to get you into the Hanukkah spirit!
Modern Tribe, a popular online Judaica retailer, has come out with some really good-looking Hanukkah decorations, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Their modern take on Judaica is perfect for Hanukkah decorating, with everything from banners to temporary tattoos. Best of all, a portion of profits get donated to local Atlanta organizations. A happy Festival of Lights, indeed!
Check out 7 of our favorite decorating ideas! READ MORE ......
18 is a spiritual number in the Jewish culture. Gifts are often given in multiples of 18, symbolizing the gift of life and good luck. In 2013, the number 18 became even more significant for my husband Jeff and me, representing the unforgettable day our daughter Liya was born, on October 18.
To make Liya’s first birthday celebration even more special and meaningful, we decided to combine her party with her Jewish baby naming ceremony. Being the superstitious Jew that I am, we never had a baby shower, so this event was a way to FINALLY celebrate our beautiful baby girl with all of our loved ones. Planning Liya’s baby naming inspired me creatively, and allowed us to create an event that was truly personal and memorable. READ MORE ......
What could be better than a bat mitzvah celebration that’s as sweet as the bat mitzvah girl herself? Jiselle’s candy themed bat mitzvah took place May 11th at the Country Club of Orlando in Orlando, Florida. Party Perfect designed the event of Jiselle’s dreams that was sure to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth. Photography by A Magic Moment.
Dylan’s Candy Bar Theme
Jiselle wanted the Country Club of Orlando to be decorated in every color of the rainbow. Guests were greeted with her logo, which was modeled after the Dylan’s Candy Bar logo. READ MORE ......
Child or adult – who doesn’t love candy? When we came across Esprit Events’ fun and creative dessert idea – candy sushi – served at a bat mitzvah, we couldn’t wait to share this innovative idea with our kid and adult fans.
Candy sushi rolls are made with rice crispy treats, wrapped with fruit rollups and topped with a variety of candies to include kosher Swedish fish, rock candy, colorful marshmallows, sour straws, and licorice to name a few. Can you pick out some other candy? READ MORE ......
Yelena is a self-proclaimed foodie, so it was fitting when Derek proposed on the dessert menu of a Top Chef-contestant run restaurant! The two celebrated their Jewish wedding filled with taste and glamour, aptly held at the Tremont Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, Maryland. Both are Jewish and Yelena is of Ukrainian descent, so it was important to the couple to include elements from their faith and culture in their big day! Thanks to Bradley Images for the sneak peak!
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Written by Rabbi/Cantor Ronald Broden
For prospective Jewish clergy the choice has been between the various Jewish denominations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. In fact, seminaries that train rabbis and cantors are primarily affiliated with one movement. If one wants to become an Orthodox rabbi or cantor there is Yeshiva University, for a Conservative rabbi or cantor, Jewish Theological Seminary, for a Reform rabbi or cantor it’s Hebrew Union College. What about the majority of Jews who are unaffiliated with any movement or synagogue? Who serves this population?
I became an ordained cantor through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and served mid-sized Reform congregations following graduation for several years. Presently I serve a small congregation in New York City on a part-time basis. Many years ago I decided to devote myself to the community of mostly unaffiliated though my life cycle work. While I perform weddings, baby namings and funerals, my primary focus has been Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for those to whom the synagogue is not an option.