Posts with tag: "Mitzvah"
Oren's Bar Mitzvah
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Last Saturday I had the privilege to photograph the bar mitzvah of an incredible young man.  Oren is a member of the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, where his dad is the rabbi.  His bar mitzvah was held at the beautiful Columbia Faculty House, which has gorgeous views out over the Manhattan skyline.  

Oren did an incredible job, and it was easy to see how very proud his friends and family are of him.  Mazel Tov, Oren! 

Max's Bar Mitzvah
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This is long overdue, but here are a couple of pictures from Max's bar mitzvah in June. He did a wonderful job, and the warmth of his family's small congregation was truly beautiful.

Also, it was great to be there because Max is family! He and my husband, Josh, are second cousins (and Max's first cousin Hailey was actually my flower girl at our wedding!). Since Josh will be ordained as a rabbi in May, Max asked him to be his bar mitzvah tutor. (That's Josh on the left in the first photo.) They worked hard all year, as illustrated by Max's stellar performance in June. 

Mazel Tov, Max! 

Noa's Bat Mitzvah
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Noa is an incredible young woman, and her Bat Mitzvah was one of the most impressive I've ever seen. She did a beautiful job, reading Torah perfectly and delivering a thoughtful and beautiful sermon. Since Noa's mother is a rabbi, she got to hold her Bat Mitzvah service in the synagogue at the Hebrew Union College campus in Manhattan. It's a gorgeous venue that lends itself very well to no-flash photography. The lunch reception was held in the HUC atrium, where Noa's friends and family celebrated her accomplishment with – what else? – eating and dancing.  Mazel Tov Noa! 


Roni's Bar Mitzvah
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Last Friday I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful young man's Bar Mitzvah rehearsal. The Bar Mitzvah boy is such a sweetheart, and I saw him do an absolutely rockin' Torah reading.  Mazel Tov, Roni! 
Purim Bat Mitzvah
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A Bat Mitzvah on Purim - what a great idea! The guests were all in costume, and it was quite a memorable party. This was also a memorable event because it was a very rare instance of an Orthodox girl having a Bat Mitzvah. She and her parents are very proud of their egalitarian approach to Orthodox Judaism, and rightly so. There was quite an emotional moment during the reception when the Bat Mitzvah girls' favorite teacher arrived. The family had thought she would refuse to attend because of religious objections, but in the end she decided to come and show her support for her wonderful student.  What a beautiful day!