I had the honor of shooting my first Bar Mitzvah last Saturday! I loved it. The families were wonderful. We felt so welcomed. Ethan had his Bar Mitzvah at Beth Shir Sholom in Santa Monica, the synagogue that his family has attended his whole life.
This is Ethan with Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and Cantor Ken Cohen.
The sweet family of the Bar Mitzvah Boy.
The Bar Mitzvah (which can be translated “son of the commandments”) marks Ethan’s full participation in the life of the synagogue. He read from the Torah scroll (the Hebrew scriptures), led prayers and even delivered a sermon.
Ethan receiving his Tallit, the Hebrew prayer shawl.
This is Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah Binder. He has studied this folder for a very long time to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah.
Beth Shir Sholom means Home of the Song of Peace.
The reception was held at the FantaSea Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. It was a PARTY!
The Reichel Sisters
The Marina at the Yacht Club.
Mom and Dad watching the video of Ethan as a child.
The Chair Dance!
The Hora!! Fun!!
The Party Zone provided the D.J. and M.C., and David Lovejoy was a true ‘master of ceremonies’…getting everyone on the dance floor, leading traditional dances and games, doing a backspin that must have had 20+ revolutions, and even bringing an enormous roll of bubble wrap! Here’s David with the headset.
Teresa MacPherson, the Special Events Coordinator at FantaSea, made sure the decorations, food and service were awesome. Here’s a Ethan with a nice touch!
The Blessing of the Challah. The traditional braided bread used for Shabbat (sabbath) and celebrations.
Mom and her best friend from childhood!
There was an inflatable dinosaur at the party to help celebrate! Here are the kiddos…and the dino.
My hubby (and assistant!) joined me as my second photographer for the day! This shot is his :) Pretty cool.
Married for 57 years!!
Ethan and crew.
The Dino was a huge hit! He joined us on the dancefloor to party!
Mazel Tov, Ethan! It was an honor to help celebrate your Bar Mitzvah with you and your family. Thank you!!