Don’t Belong to a Temple? Have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Outside the Synagogue

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?

Rabbi Cantor Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation NYC, NJ & CT

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

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Elegant Jewish Temple Wedding in Florida

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.

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Kid-Friendly Bar Mitzvah at New Jersey Raceway

Bar Mitzvah Service at NYC TemplePlanning 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 RPM Raceway. Photography credit: JDZ Photography and Custom Incredibles.

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Vintage Car Inspired Jewish Wedding

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.

Jewish Wedding in Auto Car Museum MAThe museum exterior was beautiful and rustic, exactly what the couple was looking for! READ MORE ......

A Chuppah to Fit Your Wedding Style

One of the most beautiful moments of any wedding is the time when the bride and groom are officially pronounced husband and wife. For Jewish couples, this takes place under a chuppah (huppah), or wedding canopy. Though the inclusion of a chuppah is traditional, the chuppah itself can be anything but!  In an age of endless possibilities, choosing a chuppah is no exception. Let your personality and interests guide you to a chuppah that is uniquely yours!

Orthodox Jewish Wedding Ceremony Quilted ChuppahPhoto: Ciro Photography via The Event of a Lifetime

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Fantasy Sports Draft Bar Mitzvah Party

Bar Mitzvah boy Jake is an Orlando Magic and fantasy sports league fanatic. He and his family combined both of those loves to create an amazingly personal and memorable Bar Mitzvah, and A Magic Moment Photography captured it all on film!

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Jake’s special day started off with a glimpse into his party theme.  His basketball yarmulke was a unique way to add a personal touch to his bar mitzvah service. READ MORE ......