7 Ideas for Mitzvah & Wedding Yarmulkes for Boys, Girls & Adults

Your Kippah can be Kool!  Yarmulkes, also known as kippot and skull caps, can be as much a part of your Jewish wedding or bat/bar mitzvah celebration as the decor, music, and other traditions. Your kippah design can reflect your personal style, match your color palette or theme, and can be a great way for the younger set to embrace the tradition if you get them involved in selecting kippot. There are even eco-friendly options and endless possibilities for personalization.

1. Show Your Style with High-Fashion Hand-Made Yarmulkes from Queen Esther Hair Covers

Embroidered Yarmulkes for Bat Mitzvah or Jewish Wedding

Embroidered Applique Yarmulkes by Queen Esther Hair Covers

Mavash Amid, the creative force and founder of Queen Esther Hair Covers, creates exquisitely embroidered designs featuring stunning appliques and beading. READ MORE ......

A Portrait Session for a Newborn Baby…Are you CRAZY??

Nancy Yachnes, Executive Producer of Sparkling Photography & Video in Brooklyn, NY, shares some of the frequent questions she receives about the value of a newborn portrait session:

“What do we need a newborn portrait session for?”
“The baby changes so fast… why do we want to remember what he looked like when he was creased and yellow?”
“Why is the session so expensive?”
“Isn’t there a photographer at the hospital?”

Come take a peek behind the scenes to see what a newborn session is all about.

Newborn Floating - Portrait Session

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Bris & Jewish Baby Naming Gift Ideas

You have been invited to a bris or baby naming! The parents will be beaming and the baby will be precious, but what do you bring to the new family? Finding a gift that’s both unique and useful can be a challenge, but we’ve rounded up some of our favorite bris and baby naming present ideas so you’ll never feel confused about what to gift wrap again!

11 Thoughtful Gifts for a Brit Milah or Jewish Baby Naming Ceremony

1. Money

Money Gift Bat & Bar Mitzvah

Unique Way to Gift Money

Always an easy choice for presents, remember to give your monetary gift in increments of $18. Eighteen is the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word “chai,” which means life and symbolically wishes the recipient a good, long life. READ MORE ......

Your Son’s Bris – at Home or in the Synagogue?

Mazel Tov!  You have a new son.  There are so many emotions happening at the same time – and you have to also prepare for your son’s brit milah in 8 days.  Among your main priorities are selecting the mohel (or mohelet) to officiate the ceremony and perform the brit milah, and deciding where to have it.

Many families choose to either have the bris at their home or in their temple’s event space. You can view possible Bris Venues Here.  To help you determine whether to have the ceremony at home or in your synagogue, we asked Rabbi Nechemia Markovits, a mohel who has almost 3 decades of experience, to share some of his thoughts. Rabbi Markovits is an Orthodox rabbi who performs ritual circumcisions for Jews (and non-Jews) of all affiliations and backgrounds.

Baby Bris Venues, Places NYC - Advice from a Mohel

Mazelmoments: With so many new emotions, experiences and changes awaiting first-time parents, we’d like some of your expert recommendations regarding the bris. With little time to prepare for the bris following the birth of the son,  your reservoir of expertise would be helpful and informative to first-time parents of sons. READ MORE ......

Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Dates to Avoid 2015-2020

Just got engaged over the holidays?  One of the first decisions you will have to make is when you want to get married. Not just spring, summer fall or winter – but actual dates!  If you’re planning a bar/bat mitzvah, that decision is narrowed down based on the Jewish calendar and your child’s birthday. But either way, the final date for the party is usually up to you. Caterers and venues will offer deals based not only on time of year (winter is typically the least expensive), but dates as well.  Before you sign on the dotted line, we’ve put together a list of religious and secular dates that you may want to avoid booking.

Mazelmoments Major Jewish Holidays Calendar includes dates to avoid for 5 years

Jewish Holidays - Wedding, Bat & Bar Mitzvah Dates to Avoid View Print Version of Holiday Calendar

Major Religious Jewish Holidays

No matter what religion you are, you’ll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your wedding. Celebration of the Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the day before the first full holiday date and ends at nightfall of the last day.  You’ll also want to find out sunset times for the start and end of Shabbat. READ MORE ......

Bris & Jewish Baby Naming – Items You’ll Need & Fun Extras!

A Brit Milah (for boys) and Jewish Baby Naming (for girls) are beautiful ceremonies that welcome your newborn into the Jewish culture. As new parents, we know you’re short on time and can use all the planning help you can get!  We’ve covered advice for planning your baby’s bris or baby naming, the rules for selecting the date, and provided help for finding a mohel. Now we’re excited to share the items you’ll need to make the Bris or Baby Naming personal and fun, while preserving traditional elements.

Three Traditional Items

1. Pillow Covering

Bris Pillow for Brit Milah Jewish Circumcision CeremonyA pillow is a crucial aspect to a Brit Milah as the baby will lay on it during the ceremony. Silkhuppah.com creates gorgeous silk shams that can be completely customized with images and text, such as the example above. READ MORE ......

Interfaith Mohel for Your Son’s Bris (Brit Milah)

Jewish Circumcision for the Interfaith Family

by Dr. Jeffrey Mazlin

Interfaith Mohel Bris, Brit MilahThe decision whether to have a bris is an obvious choice for Jewish couples. However, for the interfaith couple this is a much more challenging dilemma. Many non-Jews hadn’t even entertained the thought of having their sons circumcised since others in their family had never been so before. The non-Jewish partner may even have some concerns regarding the need for circumcision at all. There may also be unease with the cleanliness of the home as a setting for circumcision, rather than the supposed sterility of the hospital. However, the infection rate is well under .1% at home – and there is no potential for a hospital-acquired infection! READ MORE ......

Eco-Friendly Seed Kippot from Circles of Life

Plant Your Yarmulke and Help The Environment!

Eco Friendly Seed Kippot

Eco Friendly Seed Kippot by Circles of Life

Kippot Pileup.”  The perfect term to describe the drawer or shelf that contains dozens of yarmulkes from Jewish weddings, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs you’ve attended over the years.  We all have one.  It may come in handy for holiday dinners, but typically most of these treasured kippot will never again see the light of day. READ MORE ......

Bris Photography by Lasting Memories Photography

“Mazel Tov! It’s a boy!” Once the proud parents have a chance to process the amazing words, their mind will eventually turn to planning the Jewish baby celebration, or bris.

Brit Bris Ceremony Synagogue NY

Bris by Lasting Memories Photography

Where to have the bris? (Find Venues) Who will perform the bris ceremony? (Find a Mohel) At some point you’ll purchase a baby yarmulke (kippah) and circumcision pillow.  We know the checklist is long, but we highly recommend adding one more important component…

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Photo Pillows, Name & Invitation Pillow | Great Baby, Mitzvah or Wedding Gift

Looking for that special baby or bris gift, or a creative and thoughtful present for a bar or bat mitzvah, bridal shower, wedding or special anniversary? Eva Tootleman, owner of Sew Many Gifts creates beautiful and meaningful custom-designed keepsake and name pillows to commemorate momentous occasions. Her gorgeous and unique keepsake gifts include Name Pillows,Invitation & Announcement Pillows. These gifts are sure to be cherished!

Bat Mitzvah Announcement Pillow with Green & Blue Paisley

Bat Mitzvah Invitation Pillow

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