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!
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 ......→
A library wedding isn’t just for the lush storylines of Sex and the City! Rachel and Sean celebrated their nuptials, ala-Carrie Bradshaw, in a vintage-styled library Jewish wedding. Photography by Erin Johnson Photography.
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!
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.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation for Families That Don’t Belong To A Temple
What do a vintage salvage store, a bitter Chicago polar vortex and eight years of romance come together to make? They all add up to Lauren and Ilya’s completely charming and totally intimate interfaith Jewish wedding! Photographer Credit: Michael Novo Photography
At mazelmoments, we strive to provide infinite inspiration for Bar and Bat Mitzvah planning. Many of our real events and theme posts showcase creative ideas for all different party styles. While we love a good themed party, we also love when the guest of honor’s favorite colors and initials simply dictate the decor. A gorgeous example is this Bat Mitzvah from one of our favorite party planners, The Event of a Lifetime, in conjunction X-Quisite Flowers & Events, Inc.
Bat Mitzvah girl Rebecca loves purple and turquoise, and these colors were used throughout the party…including on the dresses worn by Rebecca and her mom! READ MORE ......→
High crystal vases, a flower-topped chuppah, and silvery white hues made Samantha and David’s Jewish wedding the epitome of bridal elegance. Thank you to A Magic Moment for beautifully capturing their special day.
Planning a Bar Mitzvah that’s traditional as well as new and exciting is no easy task. Will’s family was able to pull it off with class and style by splitting up the festivities! Will became a Bar Mitzvah with a private Havdallah service at NYC’s Ansche Chesed Synagogue, followed by a lovely dinner for all the guests. The next day was an action-packed kids-only party at New Jersey’s Pole Position Raceway. Photography credit: JDZ Photography and Custom Incredibles.
Jamie and Justin share more than just a love for each other – they both love vintage cars, museums and antiques. This made the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Massachusetts the perfect venue for their unique Jewish wedding! Photography by Happy Gatherings.
The museum exterior was beautiful and rustic, exactly what the couple was looking for! READ MORE ......→