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. creates gorgeous silk shams that can be completely customized with images and text, such as the example above. READ MORE ......

Fun Sports & Activity Venues | Bar & Bat Mitzvah Party Locations

Interactive Entertainment Places in NY, NJ and CT

If you’re planning a bar mitzvah or party for the sports-lover in your life, the obvious suggestion is to theme the event around that sport! But for a truly unique, memorable and FUN reception, why not host it at a venue that has sports and activities?! There are tons of interactive venues in the tri-state area, perfect for hosting your next sports soiree!

New York City

Classic Car Club, New York

Classic Car Club NYC | Unique Bar Mitzvah & Party VenuesFor the car lover, venues don’t come cooler than the Classic Car Club. High ceilings, white columns and shiny black floors provide the backdrop for some of the most amazing vintage cars you’ve ever seen. Take your pick for what and how you want to display, and the team at the CCC will plan around it. READ MORE ......

Event Lighting – Achieve Your Dream Look with Uplighting

Celebrity Planner Colin Cowie once said,“The saying ‘it’s all about lighting’, is 100 percent true.” And Colin Cowie was 100% right!

Uplighting can change a JCC basement to a dazzling space, and a generic catering hall to a lush ballroom. Whether you’re planning a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, Sweet 16 or other special event, event lighting should not be overlooked.  So let’s dive right in to the basics!  Thanks to Daniela Grafman from Vision Entertainment Group for sharing her tips from years of experience!

Lighting, Uplighting 101

Before & After Photo from Vision Entertainment Group


Planning Your Bar & Bat Mitzvah Using Pinterest

Milestone birthdays are events that call for a huge celebration and bar/bat mitzvahs are no exception. However, celebrations of this grandeur can require a lot of planning and it can be a bit overwhelming. Social media is a great outlet for inspiration and Pinterest is a platform that not only stimulates ideas, but serves as a location to store all of your plans on one easy-to-use site.

Here’s a peek into the mazelmoments Bat / Bar Mitzvah & Party Ideas Pinterest page.


Tips for Bar & Bat Mitzvah Party Planning with PinterestView more here.

Before we begin, we wanted to bring your attention to some new exciting functionality! READ MORE ......

Interfaith Jewish Wedding Guide

Planning Interfaith & Intercultural Jewish Weddings

A wedding is a blending of lives. For couple’s of different faiths or cultures, planning a wedding can require a bit more thought and sensitivity.  Your choice of officiant, venue, ceremony structure and language is essentially how you show the world how your lives, beliefs and traditions will join and interact. With a bit of creativity, it can be a great way of reflecting your and your fiancé’s beliefs and backgrounds.

Our goal for this interfaith wedding guide is to inspire you with ways to showcase the beautiful customs of different cultures and embrace the similarities as well.  We’d love to add your feedback!  If there’s anything we missed, please let us know.

Jewish Interfaith Wedding Planning GuidePhoto: Cape Cod by Shoreshotz1 Photography

Special Thanks to The Following Contributors:
Cantor Kerry-Ben David, Cantor Ronald Broden, Rabbi Richard Winer, Chad David Kraus Photography, Daniel Sroka of Modern Ketubah, Corinne Soikin Strauss of The Artist’s Studio, Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime, Stefanie Caplan of

Have a question about your interfaith wedding?  Contact us for advice from our panel of experts!

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3 Tips For Finding a Bar & Bat Mitzvah Photographer

Selecting a Photographer for Your Family’s Mitzvah
Written by Ira Casel of Ira Casel Photography

When music stops and the lights come up, the food’s been eaten and the decorations have been dismantled, all that you have left of your son or daughter’s bar or bat mitzvah are your memories – and the photographs. Your photographer will create the only tangible reminder your family has of this milestone day.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah PhotographyPhoto: Ira Casel Photography

Photographs will bring you back to the joy of the day, over and over. Choosing a photographer who fits your family’s aesthetic and personality is one of the most high-impact decisions you’ll make during your mitzvah planning process. READ MORE ......

Kosher Wedding Planning Guide | Jewish Weddings

No longer the chopped liver and knishes of yesteryear, Kosher food has gone upscale is taste and presentation!  If you’re planning a Jewish wedding, mazelmoments’ Kosher Wedding Planning Guide is a must-read.  We provide an easy-to-understand definition of “What is Kosher”, a breakdown of Kosher catering options, and tips for finding a Kosher wedding venue. READ MORE ......

7 Ideas for Fashion Theme Centerpieces | Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, Party

Many young girls are into fashion, and it lends itself to being a great theme for your Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16 or party. Whether you focus on individual items of clothing, designers or stores, there are endless possibilities for incorporating fashion into your next event! We reached out to some of our favorite vendors for fashion theme inspiration. Hope you enjoy!

1. Show Off Your Favorite Brands

Fashion Theme Centerpieces, Bat Mitzvah, Louis VuittonBalloon Artistry shows us a few different centerpiece ideas for a fashion-themed event. Blown-up cutouts of the party girl donning her favorite fashion brands, like Louis Vuitton, are fun and personal. READ MORE ......

On Trend: Bar & Bat Mitzvah Cubbies – Store Your Party Favors!

So much time is put into the decor of parties, specifically Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, but it seems that once guests arrive, the entire room is in disarray. Bags, shoes, giveaways and photo booth frames are all over the place, and inevitably someone will be missing something by the end of the night. Cubbies or lockers are an excellent idea for your next affair, as they will keep everyone’s things organized so nothing gets confused.

LED Cubbies for Bar & Bat Mitzvah PartyCubbies can easily blend into your theme and your decor, like Interactive Entertainment Group shows us with these LED backlit cubbies placed right in the lounge area. READ MORE ......