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.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation for Families That Don’t Belong To A Temple
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 ......
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.”
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You don’t have to be a Hollywood celebrity to throw an A-List party! Just ask Arielle Dukofsky, whose Bat Mitzvah was as VIP as an Academy Awards after-party!
For a reception as glamorous as this, Arielle was lucky to have the perfect party planners…her parents! READ MORE ......
Pantone Color Trends Spring 2015
Color is everywhere, and no one knows color better than the color experts at Pantone. Hot off the heels of Fashion Week, Pantone announced the top colors for Spring 2015. We saw a collection of overall soft hues – a mix of cool and warm, but all subtle. The top 10 color collection is meant to be minimalistic, going by the name “En Plein Air,” a French expression translating to “in the open air.” The entire palate confirms the notion that color is a lifestyle, and isn’t merely just for fashion or home decor, but every aspect of a person’s life…including weddings and events!
Two shades we’re particularly loving are Aquamarine and Toasted Almond.
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Nature-lover Jenna celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in New Jersey, with a lovely ceremony and Rainforest themed party. For the “green theme,” green was a natural color choice, with pops of purple defining the event space. Potted plants and floral centerpieces could be planted after the event – a perfect eco-friendly choice! Photography by Art + Life Photography.
Bat Mitzvah Ceremony
The best wedding and party planners know the most effective way to transform a venue is through table linens. Choosing table linens early on in the process can help make every other creative decision easier.
Photo: Premier Skirting Linens via Michael Zac Design Group
The colors and textures can inspire the design of the invitations, floral centerpieces, lighting, the plates, glasses, etc. READ MORE ......
Beach, sun and sand…what’s not to love about the tropics? If you’re not lucky enough to be enjoying an island vacation, bring the island to you, like Reilly did for her Bat Mitzvah!
Reilly became a Bat MItzvah on June 1st at the Temple Emanu-El of Closter in New Jersey. The aspiring Broadway star celebrated with a party later that evening at the Alpine Country Club. The theme was “Reilly’s Island” featuring beach-side island décor in a green, blue and tan color scheme. Balloon Artistry brought the theme to life with extraordinary decor, and Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company captured it all for us to enjoy. READ MORE ......
Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series, with 12 unique ideas for a candy theme, including picking out a sweet theme like Carly-land or Jasmin’s Candy Bar. We also share 7 cool ideas for centerpieces for your Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, party or wedding.
For Ideas #1 – #12, Click Here
13. Be Inspired by Candyland READ MORE ......