Las Vegas Jewish Wedding

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…or does it? Not according to Monika and Doug, who began a marriage to last forever in this notorious city. Photography by Denise Burridge Photography.

Jewish Wedding Las Vegas

The pair actually met at a bank, but their seemingly un-romantic beginning was certainly no indicator of the future to come!  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

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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 ......

Chic San Francisco Jewish Wedding

Fate and destiny came to life when life-long neighbors from Russia married in a San Francisco wedding. Sonia and Sasha exchanged vows in a Jewish ceremony, surrounded by elegance, love, and laughter.  Thank you IQphoto for capturing the entire event!

California Jewish WeddingThe couple seemed destined to be together, having discovered they spent much of their childhoods living steps from one another! READ MORE ......

Brewery & Beachside Jewish Wedding

Alexis & Jason’s destination wedding perfectly combined meaningful Jewish tradition with laid back fun! Their Jewish wedding ceremony was held on a mild October day at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The day’s beautiful memories were captured by Tiffany Caldwell Photography.

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A Grand Historic Jewish Wedding

Yelena is a self-proclaimed foodie, so it was fitting when Derek proposed on the dessert menu of a Top Chef-contestant run restaurant! The two celebrated their Jewish wedding filled with taste and glamour, aptly held at the Tremont Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, Maryland. Both are Jewish and Yelena is of Ukrainian descent, so it was important to the couple to include elements from their faith and culture in their big day! Thanks to Bradley Images for the sneak peak!

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Don’t Belong to a Temple? Have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Outside the Synagogue

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?

Rabbi Cantor Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation NYC, NJ & CT

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

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A Chuppah to Fit Your Wedding Style

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!

Orthodox Jewish Wedding Ceremony Quilted ChuppahPhoto: Ciro Photography via The Event of a Lifetime

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A California Garden Jewish Wedding

Rachel and Garry got engaged in true fairy tale fashion. Garry popped the question on New Year’s Eve during the countdown just before the clock struck midnight. After 10 years of friendship that turned into true love, it was the icing on the cake to an amazing relationship. Before the wedding that is! The couple’s contemporary Jewish wedding at the Japanese Gardens in California was as fun as it was breathtaking. A huge thank you to William Innes Photography for getting this gorgeous day on film.

Jewish Wedding at Japanese Gardens

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