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Taking a Moment..

I just looked at the date, and realized we are halfway through March, and I haven’t even finished blogging about February, yet.  March has already been a very fun month for me, as I just got back from spending a few personal days in Atlanta, and had such a great time. When I came back … Read more

Destination Bar Mitzvah at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Montvale, New Jersey – All About Max’s Special Day

I guess I should start this blog entry, by clarifying that no event I’ve ever done has resulted in 3 (or more) entries, until now. Somehow I feel that’s important, because usually, as much as many of my events are warm, moving, loving, and well…exceptional, the story of Max’s Bar Mitzvah is more than all … Read more

Jersey continues … The Evening of Max’s Bar Mitzvah

It is the eve of Max’s Bar Mitzvah.  I am back in the hotel, after spending the last few hours reading and preparing for tonight, and reflecting on the last 24 hours.  My heart is pounding for some reason, today, like that feeling you get when the police car turns his lights on behind you.  … Read more

I Love Jesse’s for Many Reasons – Bar Mitzvah at Sun Dream Yacht Charters, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jesse's Bar Mitzvah at Sun Dream Yacht Charters in Fort Lauderdale

After 14 months of arduous preparation, the night of Jesse’s Bar Mitzvah at Sun Dream Yacht Charters in Fort Lauderdale, FL, finally arrived!  And, it was worth the wait! I loved Jesse’s Bar Mitzvah, for many reasons.  First, and most importantly, when I first  met Jesse, over a year and a half ago, he knew … Read more

Sharing the Light – Preparing a Young Boy for His Bar Mitzvah 1,000 Miles Apart

What an amazing, heartwarming experience I had tonight.  I cannot wait to share this awesome story. When I performed Yelena’s wedding in the DR last month, she couldn’t wait for me to meet her friend, Sharon, who I wrote about in a previous blog entry.  Sometimes, you meet someone, and you know the connection is … Read more

The Beauty of Jewish – Done Right!

Jewish-Interfaith wedding ceremony

I just read Rabbi Lev Ba’esh’s post over on www.Interfaithfamily.com, one of my most favorite Interfaith relationship resources, and was touched by how similar our experiences and positions are on performing Interfaith wedding ceremonies. Anyone who reads my story on my website knows that when I married Wayne, my Christian ex-husband, the list of available Rabbis … Read more

Rachel and Mara’s Havdalah Bat Mitzvah at the Hyatt Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Florida – Bat Mitzvah Times 2!

Image Source: Hyatt Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Florida https://www.bonaventureresortandspa.com/

After the amazing destination wedding in St. Pete, I rushed right back to South Florida, to get ready for Rachel and Mara’s Havdalah Bat Mitzvah at the Hyatt Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Florida.  Rachel and Mara are sisters, almost two years apart, who prepared for their special day together, and it was a … Read more

Taking inventory, saying thanks, and planning a new year

I was sitting here, thinking of all the overdue posts I have to write about, and all the organizing and task lists that need to be handled, and I realized that before I did one more thing, I wanted to reflect on what has made this month incredibly amazing.  Because, without the events of this … Read more

Z & E's B'Nai Mitzvah – Another favorite for sure!

I just can’t figure out how each ceremony I do becomes my favorite!  I have so many favorites, I just don’t know how to classify them all, and this past Shabbat morning was no exception! E&Z (names removed for privacy) – A brother/sister team that shared their special day quickly worked their little ways deep … Read more