What is Klezmer? It’s gaining a lot of popularity, but what do we really know about klezmer? Alicia Svigals, a renowned klezmer fiddler, sets straight some of the misconceptions of klezmer music and talks about its growth in popularity – even beyond the Jewish population!
Alicia on Misconceptions about klezmer: “It is not all fast ‘hora’ music; klezmer has the full range of moods, modes and tempos, from solemn ceremonial melodies, to elegant cocktail hour background music, all the way up to the crazy fast stuff.”
“Klezmer is a cousin of “Hebrew” music, aka “simkhe (simcha) dancing music” – the music popular at orthodox and modern orthodox events – but it is not the same. We do mix that repertoire in whenever we have a crowd that will enjoy it though. But klezmer is essentially non-religious, instrumental party music and you don’t have to be religious for it to be on your playlist!” READ MORE ......→
Pools are a great place to get a break from the summer heat. Most of us don’t think of a swimming pool as a prop, but if you are hosting a summer wedding, bat/bar mitzvah or reception by the pool, you might want to think outside the box. Now that the warm weather is here in full force, outdoor entertaining is at a high point and you want to make the most of your space. There are all kinds of creative things you can do with this large piece of backyard real estate. READ MORE ......→
Doilies give the look of intricate lace to all kinds of craft decor projects. They’re lovely and eye-catching, so light and airy that they lend a delicate feel to almost anything. With just a few simple craft tools, they transform from a quaint table top accent into something else entirely.
Doilies can be found in both paper and crochet fabric. By using wallpaper paste, fabric stiffener, or adhesives. you can mold and shape doilies into a variety of different things or apply them to a base. They’re fairly easy to work with without needing to be cut. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas.
What do ketubahs, wedding dresses, and husbands all have in common?
Once you find the right one, you just know!
Shopping for a ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract from ancient tradition, is a very subjective and personal process. The possibilities are virtually limitless, so we set out to help guide you through the process.
We asked 3D ketubah & Judaica artist Gabrielle Mizrachi-Mallin from Ashra Designs :: Judaic Art Creations to provide her insight into finding the perfect ketubah that speaks to you as a couple, without getting overwhelmed.
Signature cocktails and mocktails are the perfect compliment to any event. They can be served before an outdoor wedding ceremony to cool off guests, as a cocktail hour addition, or even a sweetened liquid dessert. Not only does it give guests something a little more interesting to choose from than champagne or Pepsi, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to add more creativity to your menu!
An invitation sets the stage for your event as it provides your guest a glimpse of what to expect. In addition to the specific details related to your affair, a well-designed invitation gives you the opportunity to showcase the theme and sets the tone for the event, be it casual or formal black tie. READ MORE ......→
The chuppah, a Jewish wedding canopy with four open sides and four poles, is a central part of a Jewish wedding. It represents the home you will make with your partner, and it is where you will say your vows and become a family. The chuppah can be handheld, with four people of your choosing holding each pole, or it can be freestanding.
To decorate your chuppah, be inspired by the rest of your wedding. You can create a seamless and coherent look by using the same colors as the rest of the décor and incorporating flowers that are in your bouquet, the centerpieces and the other decorations. The chuppah can also provide an opportunity to incorporate something sentimental into your wedding, like your grandfather’s tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) or a flower that is meaningful to you.
Here are 15 ideas for a floral chuppah that represents your style and wedding vision.
Having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a rite of passage for Jewish adolescents all over the world as they move on to a new phase of adulthood. As sacred as these events are, they are also very exciting and fun, and should be marked with a special celebration that reflects your son or daughter. But before you can delve too far into the details, it’s important to first figure out what type of venue style you’re interested in and ultimately, where to host the reception.
Photo Credit (Clockwise): 404 NYC, Long Island Marriott, Temple Emanu-El of Closter, Pole Position Raceway, Chelsea Piers, Smooth Sailing Celebrations, Prince George Ballroom, Capitale
EM Productions is an exciting alternative to the traditional wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah video. Owner and head videographer, Kiersten, is a professional filmmaker. With as much interest in production style as the people she’s filming, Kiersten creates a story with every video.
“The world of bar and bat mitzvahs is constantly evolving,” shares Goldman. “Menus are an essential component to the event itself and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share our expertise with our fellow event professionals.” READ MORE ......→