We’re in the final weeks of preparing for our twin sons’ bar mitzvah, and one of the things on our never-ending To Do list is a simple video. Our goal is to chronicle our boys’ development from cute newborns to precocious teens without boring our guests in the process.
Matching the artistry and grandeur of the world’s most iconic music hall, the event spaces at Carnegie Hall lend elegance and style to a variety of events—from corporate dinners and conferences to non-profit galas, festive weddings, and intimate private celebrations. Just two blocks south of Central Park, the historic landmark building is conveniently situated in the heart of Manhattan.
Prenup, catering contract, and who owns the wedding video, anyway? Better get a lawyer.
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If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll undoubtedly seek, and receive, blizzards of advice. But one person you may not think to call is a lawyer, and my point — and I know this will come as a surprise — is that this is unfortunate.
From fundraising massages to a flamenco performance, innovative ways to celebrate a new decade.
For her upcoming 70th birthday, artist Miriam Stern’s family is planning to publish a book about her artistic career, with essays about her work and color images. The idea was a surprise to her when they told her of their plans last year. Her family knew that she did not like parties with her as the center of attention and thought of this meaningful tribute in her honor. She was delighted, and is now involved in the process of selecting images and working with the writers (miriamstern.net).
With apron, gloves and hair net, bar/bat mitzvah kids can pitch in for Israel’s needy
Jerusalem — When Jordana Schoor was planning her son Saadya’s bar mitzvah she sought an activity that would be both fun and meaningful for her large extended family. Knowing Saadya’s commitment to doing good deeds, Schoor booked a family outing to Pantry Packers (http://pantrypackers.org/), the 2-year-old food distribution arm of Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating network of social services in Israel.
‘ReBar’ offers a rite of passage second chance for Jews who feel disconnected.
For some Jewish youths, the bar/bat mitzvah experience, like that of their teenage years in general, can be an awkward one. In most cases, the rite of passage is a culmination of years of studying in order to enter Jewish adulthood, and is feted in a large party with friends and family. But for others, the bar/bat mitzvah process can have negative elements and may even be an unofficial “goodbye” to their religious observance.
‘Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters,” Jane Austen writes in “Pride and Prejudice.” If not quite with the gleeful triumph of a Mrs. Bennet, still with a sense of personal accomplishment, I married off both my children last summer.
Carlyle of Lawrence is one of the most majestic venues on Long Island. Celebrate your union within the stained-glass walls of the incredible gothic sanctuary, ascend the sweeping staircase and enter through stately entry doors to the impressive avant-garde cocktail room with its full length bars and fire and ice décor, and end your night dancing beneath the illuminated crown moldings in the magnificent ballroom. Non-kosher custom catering is standard, while kosher and glatt kosher catering can be provided. With only one event at a time, our experienced event planners will make sure every intricate detail is attended to and will meticulously set the stage for your perfect day.
In Polish city, a tying-of-the-knot celebrate Jewish rediscovery and revival.
Wroclaw, Poland — When Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg tied the knot last summer at the historic White Stork synagogue in this southwestern Polish city, they were determined that the occasion would be more than just a wedding.