Some of the Temples I have worked with!
Peninsula Temple Beth El, Congregation Emanu-El, Congregation Sherith Israel,
Peninsula Temple Sholom, Temple Beth Am, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Congregation Beth Jacob,
Congregation Kol Shofar, Rodef Sholom, Chabad North Peninsula, Adath Israel, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, Kol Emeth,
Congregation Etz Chayim, Bar Yohai Synogogue
Bar/Bat Mitzvah days will be full of special moments that will be remembered on so many levels.
Often we will start in the morning with individual and family portraits; a great way to start the day with everyone looking fresh and excited for the day to come. Temple permitting, we'll spend time with the Clergy; a great opportunity for everyone to center themselves and take a quiet moment of time with the family for any last words of encouragement and love.
During the service, we'll see the full range of emotions; laughter, love, song, nervousness and the not-so infrequent tears of joy. These are special moments and with some temples I am able to photograph silently from the back of the room. Kiddush luncheons are often on the menu, a great opportunity for family and friends to reflect on the service and meaning of the day.
Evenings will usually see everyone partying to their favorite music with games laughter and togetherness. It's a time to reflect on the day, and celebrate the new Bar/Bat Mitzvah!