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 RPM 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 ......→
Candyland isn’t just a game for kids! Molly celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at the Westminster Hotel in New Jersey with a creative spin on the iconic board game. Guests joined in her celebration with an escape to Mollyland! Thank you to Chris Jorda Photography for capturing it all for us.
The bat mitzvah weekend included Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was significant since Molly was born on that day in 2001, and her grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. A donation was made to Self Help NY, an organization dedicated to supporting those who suffered in the Holocaust.
According to mom Karen, “the weekend had the balance of a spiritual and religious event with the combination of family and friends. Every person in the room was celebrated as having touched Molly in their own unique way.”
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!
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!
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 ......→