Sunday, April 4, 2010

Adam's Bar Mitzvah

When Jewish boys and girls turn 13 (sometimes 12 for girls), this "coming of age" is marked with a celebration to observe the Bar Mitzvah ("son of the covenant") or Bat Mitzvah ("daughter of the covenant"). The religious commemoration is typically when the boy or girl reads from the Torah and leads the Shabat service. Most families continue the celebration with a party of some sort. The party may be anything from a casual luncheon with no theme at all to a novelty destination affair, such as a riverboat cruise or a hayride, to an all-out formal dinner dance with no expense spared.

In addition to the Saturday morning service and the party later that day, it is quite common to involve an entire weekend, from Friday evening through Sunday brunch.

Although it is not imperative to have a theme, it has become popular to honor the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child with a theme related to one of the child's interest or talents. As you can see Adam's theme was all about "The Arcade Games". I loved working with Adam and his mom. Not only did I learn a lot, but I really enjoyed the planning process. It brought back lots of memories of what it was like to be a kid again.

From the Friday evening service held at the Temple Sha'arei Am to the evening festivities thrown at the Skirball, the whole event was a blast. The games, videographer, dj, mc and dancers were all provided by You Should Be Dancing. And boy, did they rock! The wonderful decor that you see was provided by Grand Events. Luminary Photography was all over the place taking these wonderful photos.

Venue: Skirball Cultural Center
Coordinator: Beverly Harris Weddings & Events
Events & Entertainments Int'l (The Candyman)
Etch U Productions
Hillcrest Party Rentals
Crown Limo LA

Floral Arts
Junior's Restaurant
Chez Mimi Restaurant

The Luxe Hotel
The London Hotel

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