Sunday, June 19, 2011

Long Island Bat Mitzvah

I attended my first true Long Island Bat Mitzvah yesterday and boy was it a memorable experience. The woman of honor was Stefani, Steven's best man's sister.
It was held at the beautiful Swan Club.

Here's a little taste of cocktail hour before the kids arrived. 

And now we've moved into the larger room and the tweens have arrived. There were dancers hired to keep things hopping on the dance floor. There was also a photo station where you could pick from a bunch of different backgrounds and have a photo done. It was a really fun day.

For those of your who, like me only a year ago, don't know what a bar or bat mitzvah is. Here's your answer:
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah are Jewish coming of age rituals. According to Jewish law, when Jewish children reach 13 years of age, they become responsible for their actions, and "become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah".
The Bar Mitzvah ceremony involves the young man or woman being called to read the Torah, a Haftarah portion, or both at a Shabbat or other service (Thursday morning, Monday morning or a festival) when the Torah is read, and it may also involve giving ad'var Torah, a discussion of that week's Torah portion.

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