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Our Featured Bat Mitzvah Highlights Useful Ways For Integrating Your Theme Successfully

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FEATURES • Décor for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteen and Weddings. • Full event planning and day of planning. • Floral table centerpieces, theme centerpieces, lounge décor, linen rentals , draping and much more!!!! • Bridal flowers, ceremony, chuppahs and all the accessories for weddings. • Corporate events, fund raising events, company and private holiday parties. Our creative style can produce an impressive event.

Where The Magic Happens

Marquis Florals by Kim Located in the center of Middlesex and Monmouth counties, Marquis Florals and Event Design by Kim will bring your party to the next level. Our team of design specialists can transform any event into an amazing space of pure elegance to a wild and fun celebration. On staff full time are a team of professional theme artists, floral designers and planners to take your ideas and make them into a reality. Here at Marquis Florals, WE MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN. Nothing is more incredible than walking into your event and seeing your vision come alive with beautiful, flowers, lounge furniture, draping and signs. Your party will be a celebration that your family and friends will remember and talk about forever. Make a private consultation appointment with Marquis Florals by Kim to design and create your event. Our team will guide you through the vast and intricate terrain of planning an event. We cater to any style or

preferences. Our Mitzvahs and Sweet Sixteen’s range from the most simple in detail to the most fashionable and over the top celebrations. Our design team is continually updating their skills and knowledge to be able to offer the most cutting edge design and techniques, and is always traveling to hunt for the newest resources and products to the industry. Throughout our 27 years in business designing flowers and theme parties, our client list has become endless. Repeat clients return after creating an amazing Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Sweet Sixteen, to designing a gorgeous wedding for them years later. Our loyal clients return party after party. Go to our testimonial page at and the wedding Marquis Florals has been chosen seven years running as THE KNOT’s best of florist categories and recently has been named into the THE KNOTS HALL OF FAME, an award only held by a handful of floral decorators in the country.

“Marquis Florals has been doing business with our long standing clients for 27 years, and look forward to making new relationships in the years to come. You will always be cared for and given our undivided attention .” –Kim Lovitt

286 Route 34 Matawan, New jersey 07746 732-441-4800

Full floral and theme decorating and event planning. - Call for an appointment.

Whether your celebration is for 30, 300, or more, Marquis Floral and Event Design by Kim will make the setting perfect. Let us design your wedding, Sweet 16, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversary, birthday party, business or store name it! We are experts at arranging just the right selection of blooms for bouquets, centerpieces, wedding party bouquets, boutonniers, corsages, and decorations. 286 Route 34, Matawan NJ 07746 | 732-441-4800

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Directory of Advertisers

Celebrating 15 Years of Providing Quality Party Planning Resources Thank you for choosing “Jewish Style Celebration” as your resource for planning your next Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Jewish wedding. Our team of designers and writers are excited to offer you our a fabulous magazine with a multitude of resources for planning your next exciting milestone event. Our network of resources is vast and we are here to assist you with any of your party planning needs Our new format includes some fabulous articles and editorials along with some beautifully designed advertisements. The services presented by our advertisers deserve your special attention for their expertise and professionalism in satisfying your party planning needs. Please also visit our and stop by one of our Party Showcases during the winter 2014 season. Best Wishes & Mazel Tov on your next celebration.

–Kenny Baroff

Kenny Baroff, Publisher

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FEATURES • Conveniently located in Marlboro Township, Monmouth County NJ.

• Our beautifully decorated ballroom can accommodate up to 275 of your guests.

• LED lighting is included to create that special ambiance.

Welcome to

• Available for your Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Kiddush Luncheon, Bris, Baby Naming or other Jewish party or event.

Exquisite Caterers offers the best in kosher and glatt-kosher catering at the facility or location of your choice for your corporate events, private parties, tent parties, and traditional Jewish affairs. Exquisite Caterers is the exclusive Kosher and Glatt-Kosher Caterer at beautiful The Marlboro Jewish Center in Marlboro NJ, and serves some of the finest hotels, country clubs, catering facilities, banquet halls, and synagogues throughout New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

The Marlboro Jewish Center 52B N. Main Street, Suite 1 Marlboro, NJ 07746 North Jersey Office 1380 Sussex Turnpike Randolph, NJ 07869 Tel: 732-294-0032

If you’re planning a Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, kiddush, bris, wedding, corporate function, home or office party, tent party, or any other social event, Exquisite Caterers will bring its culinary expertise and delicious, creative kosher and glatt-kosher cuisine to your next event. Our accomplished and professional staff will assist you in every way to make your private wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or other Jewish party one that you and your guests will forever remember. One of our kosher catering specialists will guide you through planning a customized kosher or glattkosher menu specific to your tastes with your favorite selections from our extensive menus.

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The Exclusive Caterer at The Marlboro Jewish Center

Exquisite Caterers specializes in off premise kosher and glatt-kosher catering for your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or other Jewish celebration, throughout New York, New Jersey and the tri-state area at the locations of your choice. Join the list of satisfied customers who have had Exquisite Caterers bring our quality kosher and glatt-kosher catering to hotels, banquet facilities, catering facilities and synagogues in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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inThyme Catering


• In Thyme Catered Events is the exclusively recommended caterer for over a half-dozen locations, ranging from limited-service hotels, day camps and exposition centers to lavish reception spaces throughout the NJ & NY area. • Event Planning & Catering for corporate picnics, tenant appreciations, grand-scale conventions & non-profit galas. • Rest assured you are hiring true professionals with a combined 30 years of experience in the catered events business. • Our Chefs average over 15 years of experience.

• Our team captains have over 15 years of experience. • Kosher & Non Kosher Catering.

Kosher & Non Kosher Catering

In Thyme Catered Events has been a

palette and every budget!

trusted name in the Tri State off-premise

We’ve been helping families celebrate

catering industry for over 15 years.

their child’s Mitzvah for over 15 years. We

A name synonymous with creative,

have several area Temple Affiliations, venue

delectable and memorable food and

partnerships as well as vendor partnerships

events, our chefs’ creations are served with

to help not only select your venue location

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but execute your affair flawlessly by provid-

the freshest, seasonal ingredients presented

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ensuring a meal that you & your guests are sure to remember.

our Fabulous Food… If your dream is to celebrate your

From distinguished world cuisine to

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help you plan every detail of your intimate

occasions. Whether a Shabbat dinner,

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tail reception ensuring you can enjoy your

tion, In Thyme is able to appeal to every

memorable affair!

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exclusive f e at u r e

Choosing a

Chuppah By Cigall Goldman,

One of the most beautiful moments of any wedding is the time when the bride and groom are oďŹƒcially pronounced husband and wife. For Jewish couples, this takes place under a chuppah, or wedding canopy. Though the inclusion of a chuppah is traditional, the chuppah itself can be anything but! In an age of endless possibilities, choosing a chuppah is no exception. Let your personality and interests guide you to a chuppah that is uniquely yours! Chuppah by In Full Bloom. Photographed by Cly Creation. FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | J E W I S H S T Y L E C E L E B R AT I O N | 1 0

Left: The Modern Couple - Event & Styling by Swank Productions. Middle: The Jetsetting Couple - Nancy Swiezy Events . Right: The Couple with Mutual interests - Photo by H & H Photography.

The Modern Couple We’re seeing many couples choose a modern take on the old tradition, with sleek alternatives to the chuppah featuring flouncy or floral decorations. A sharp, rectangular canopy structure is both different and striking, and definitely modern. You can stick with a monochromatic palette of black, white and gray, and if anything, include one color for a pop!

The Artistic Couple Depending on your color scheme and personal taste, the chuppah itself can take on many different looks. A really unique idea is to have the chuppah custom designed. You can incorporate your wedding theme, favorite colors, meaningful symbols or text to create a piece of art. Your taste in art is a great reflection of your personality, so why not express it on one of the most important days of your life? This can also become a beautiful and meaningful wall hanging for your new home together!

The Romantic Couple For the hopeless romantic, a floral chuppah is an excellent and timeless choice. Picking flowers already included in your

wedding in romantic hues of whites, reds, pinks and/or purples will be the perfect fairy tale-esque inclusion to your big day!

The Nature-Loving Couple If you're a nature-loving couple, go green with your chuppah choice! Branches and leaves, when done right, will come off both rustic and elegant, and don't need a particular season to succeed. The look of bare branches on a sunny, summer day is just as gorgeous as a lush green arrangement in the middle of winter!

The Jetsetting Couple Whether you're having a destination wedding or something closer to home, if you love to travel, show it off! Exotic materials ranging from palm trees to silks are a great way to express your love of travel no matter where you wed.

The Couple with Mutual Interests If you and your loved one have similar interests – maybe you bonded over baseball – your wedding day is the perfect occasion to show this to your guests. After all, it led to a wedding! Remember to be elegant and steer clear of going too gimmicky, but the addition of hobby paraphernalia to an understated chuppah is absolutely ok, and even encouraged!

The Traditional Couple If after all of these suggestions you realize maybe traditional is what you're after, there's absolutely no problem with that. There's a reason why it's been the standard for centuries. Four poles or branches holding a cloth or tallis hanging high above you as you exchange wedding vows is a classic choice that stands the test of time. Regardless of what you choose, selecting a chuppah that reflects your personality and wedding style will personalize the ceremony and give guests a glimpse into who you are as a couple. Cigall Goldman is the founder of, the award-winning website that makes it easy and fun to plan any Jewish-inspired event including a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, baby celebration or other event. At, find your perfect venue, rabbi, photographer, décor specialist, invitations, music & entertainment and more. The mazelmoments blog keeps you up to date on the latest trends, and shares expert advice to help you create an unforgettable celebration! Also find mazelmoments on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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FEATURES • Event Yachts – Entertain up to 1200 discriminating guests with panache.

• Classic Yachts – Our classic yachts are not only beautifully detailed, but rich in history. • Private Yachts – Yacht Events is contracted with many of the finest privately owned yachts to provide a wide range of choices for your entertainment needs. • Nautical Weddings

Unique and Timeless Moments with

Yacht Events, LLC By Steven Tanzman Yacht Events, LLC offers unparalleled pleasure and privacy. Entertain up to 1200 guests with style and comfort. On the water there is a sense of freedom and exclusivity you can't find elsewhere. The joy of celebration is always in the air, making any occasion a very special one. Our professional party planners are available to help with all details, including planning,

• Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

catering, décor and entertainment – everything from a great band to fireworks displays.

• Business Meetings

of a kind dining entertainment experience. We offer a wide variety of menu selections,

• Birthday (Sweet 16) Party Ideas

a continuous cocktail party buffet, or any particular type of event you wish to customize

• Graduations

executive chef - our team of private chefs prepare all food onboard daily.

• Birthday Charters

• Anniversary Charters • Hanukkah Parties

Our unique package of dining, dancing, entertainment and sightseeing presents a one including buffet brunch, lunch or dinner, a sit-down dinner preceded by a cocktail reception, to meet your precise specifications. We will gladly accommodate your requests for international and Kosher cuisine, as well as special themes. Under the watchful eye of the

• Corporate Events • Baby Showers • Reunions

• Dinner Parties

• 60s, 70s, and 80s Party Ideas

“With flawless execution as the leading one-stop solutions provider for yacht events, we manage it all – from assisting with the initial strategy to logistics – all within budget and on time!” – Steven Tanzman, Yacht Events, LLC CEO

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. y e n r u o J s ’ e f i L e t a r b e Cel Unforgettable Memories Await On Your Voyage Aboard Our Luxury Yachts. Yacht Events, LLC is the premier one-stop

With flawless execution, we have set the

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AMANDA’S BatMitzvah at

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Amanda’s Bat Mitzvah showcases how your favorite interests, color combinations, and personal style can lead to creative themes that excite your guests. By Cigall Goldman Cigall Goldman is the founder of, the award-winning website that makes it easy and fun to plan any Jewish-inspired event including a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, baby celebration or other event. Also, find mazelmoments on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Photography by Brad Photographers & Video Venue: Westminster Hotel, Livingston, NJ Music & Entertainment: Jeffrey Craig Ent. Event Planning: Debbie’s Designs Cake: Pink Cake Box

Amanda may only be 13 years old, but she's already got great taste! When it came time to pick a Bat Mitzvah theme, Amanda had a vision. That vision came to life at her Bat Mitzvah party, which was held at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ. The entire reception morphed into Amanda & Co., a shopping-inspired wonderland bathed in light blue! The signature color was incorporated everywhere, from the lighting to the centerpieces, to the cake and Amanda's dress! Guests were greeted at Amanda's bat mitzvah reception by a large signin board that featured an oversized charm bracelet with the letters of

Amanda's name. The sign-in board also included photos of popular luxury products as well as Amanda herself. The place cards were made to look like miniature shopping bags adorned with each person's name, table number and a white ribbon. No detail was missed when it came to staying true to the iconic theme. The dĂŠcor at Amanda's event was extremely elegant, exuding the upscale feel of shopping at the best designer stores in the world. White leather couches, chairs and ottomans were accented with light blue and metallic pillows in the lounge area. Tables were topped with various

centerpieces featuring LED crystal trees, iconic boxes, white flowers and candles floating in blue-tinted water. Amanda's Bat Mitzvah cake was made in the shape of a large blue box. Cupcakes topped with blue frosting and white fondant ribbons held the candles. For other sweet treats, guests were treated to a Dunkin' Donuts bar, one of Amanda's favorite desserts. Amanda had the best time celebrating with her friends and family, and as Amanda's mother revealed to us, that was the most special part of the entire experience.

The decor at Amanda's event was extremely elegant, exuding the upscale feel of shopping at the best designer stores in the world.

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COMPA N I E S . . . .

FEATURES • The Finest Kosher Cuisine • Experienced and Professional Staff

• Elegant and Tasteful Presentation • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs • Weddings

• Kiddushes • Bris

• Baby Namings • Anniversaries

DELI KING of Linden, an institution of Kosher Catering and a Jewish Kosher Delicatessen for over 60 years, has had New Jerseyians feasting on our traditional Jewish menu of Kosher Deli Platters, Smoked Fish and traditional Jewish favorites, such as Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken in the Pot, Brisket of Beef and so much more. Whether we prepare an outstanding Kosher Deli Platter for a Corporate Event, a kosher catered affair for a joyous Family Occasion, a menu for a Passover or High Holiday Feast, or a Buffet Platter for a Kiddush or Shiva, DELI KING of Linden will deliver the finest in food and presentation to your home or office. You can also dine in our restaurant/deli located in Linden, NJ. DELI KING of Linden delivers from our Kosher Catering, Special Occasion, Holiday Menus & Shiva Orders free throughout NJ. Any of our selections can also be shipped nationwide, as a gift to send to a friend, a child in college or for a celebration anywhere in the U.S.! For more elaborate occasions, our affiliated company, Signature Creations Caterers, can cater a full service family meal to an upscale affair for 10 to 1000 guests.

628 West St. Georges Ave. Linden, NJ 07036 908.925.3909 FAX: 908.925.2265

“In the food industry, satisfied customers, repeat business and referrals are the key to long-term existence, something that our 60 years of success attests to. ” –Eddie Levy, Owner

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• Offering special events and banquets, including weddings, receptions, and parties of all kinds for members and nonmembers. • Professional and friendly service.

• Wine tastings, bourbon and whiskey tastings, yoga, strength training classes, trivia nights and more.



Lakes Club

A hidden gem in the heart of Mountain Lakes The Mountain Lakes Club is a private

• Custom designed menus.

social club that has been serving the

• A lounge, with full service bar, and dining upstairs or poolside.

• Year-round dining, both casual and formal.

• Expert culinary staff.

• Activities including swimming, tennis, boating and bowling.

veranda with panoramic views of Mountain Lake.

residents of Mountain Lakes and

Apart from the club’s outdoor

surrounding communities since 1914. The

activities, member events are held on a

club offers year-round dining and special


member events. Members can enjoy

offerings, such as wine tastings and yoga

swimming, tennis, boating and bowling,


in addition to reciprocal memberships

programs, like movie and trivia nights.

with nearby facilities, including golf clubs.

Our annual comedy night is always a hit,

The MLC offers both casual and

basis, as






as are our concert events.

formal dining. Members can enjoy the

Also, throughout the year, the club is

club’s lounge, with its full service bar, or

host to special events and banquets for

dine upstairs in the Ruhly or Crest Rooms.


During spring and summer months,

including weddings, receptions and

members can dine poolside or on the

parties of all kinds.




“We can’t thank you enough for an amazing day! It was truly the best day of our lives. Thank you so much for a smooth and magical day!” – Colleen & Bob L.

18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, NJ 973-334-4610

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FEATURES • 20 years experience in film and tv • Award winning montages and event coverage • Flexible professional photography packages that NEVER sacrifice quality that can fit into various budgeting needs. • Multiple package discounts • MTV / SNL quality entrance videos • Professional technicians, not weekend warriors • Award show style red carpet arrivals • Broadcast your event on dance floor plasma tvs like a live TV show • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s • Wireless video simulcast • Corporate advertising • School district video presentations • Red carpet Awards show style • Custom step & repeat • Arrival Correspondent • 3d color FX, sound fx & music layering • Full re-cap 2 final DVDs

Take your event footage into the realm of big-time entertainment television!

Hollywood East Video & Photography If you are interested in video coverage of your event you will ACTUALLY watch, an eye popping montage that will captivate/entertain your guests and flexible professional photography options, we are the company for your next special event celebration! Hollywood East Video and Photography specializes in providing entertainment television-style (as seen on Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight) video & still photography for countless special events each year. Frank Duca, owner and creative director, has 20-plus years of experience in the entertainment broadcast arena on countless film, TV, and special event productions, such as Law & Order, MTV Music Awards, Mercedes Benz, Fashion week, Access Hollywood, Cannes Film Festival, The Olympics, Yankee Baseball, SNL, The Today Show & The Super Bowl, to name a few.

HWE is only staffed by the most knowledgeable & skilled in the broadcast/ event industry. Our experience allows us to provide our clients with the latest techniques in HD video, and solutions for others who have not stayed on the cutting edge with personal media players, computers and TVs. We understand the need for affordability, flexibility and knowledge of the craft, and you won’t need to sacrifice the quality of your footage with Hollywood East Video. We balance budget and quality every day on television productions and pass on this experience to you as AFFORDABLE. Please visit and review all that we have to offer in the way of award winning montages, unique red carpet arrivals, video coverage, photography and music television quality entrance / music video favors to help in taking your event from memorable to incredible!

“We approach each event the same way we would a TV production. If no one watches the final product…we are canceled in two episodes.”

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Changing The Perception Of Event Video To Incredible. You don’t have to settle for a pre-bundled event package that provides you with inferior photography and poor video. Let Hollywood East Video create a video & photography package tailored to your individual needs and budget, without ever sacrificing the quality of your memories. NJ 908-389-0880 | NYC 212-997-2341

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Ways To Sweeten Up Your Event With

by Cigall Goldman,

candy themes and décor are slowly becoming the trendiest addition to bat and bar mitzvahs, sweet 16s, and even weddings. With the ability to contribute countless colors and moods, different candy arrangements add a unique dose of sweetness and fun to any party’s ambiance. Here are five of our favorite ways to incorporate this sweet trend into your event. Cigall Goldman is the founder of, the award-winning website that makes it easy and fun to plan any Jewish-inspired event including a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, baby celebration or other event. At, find your perfect venue, rabbi, photographer, décor specialist, invitations, music & entertainment and more. The mazelmoments blog keeps you up to date on the latest trends, and shares expert advice to help you create an unforgettable celebration! Also find mazelmoments on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | J E W I S H S T Y L E C E L E B R AT I O N | 2 6

Candy Centerpieces

Photos by Balloon Artistry.

Using candy in your centerpieces plays off the theme, color schemes and occasion for your big day. Apothecary jars or vases filled with different candies add bright pops of color. Consider forming those candy pieces into shapes to match your theme! Remember, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo traditional centerpiece ideas. You can place fresh cut flowers in a glass jar filled with jelly beans, skittles, or even cereal of a similar hue. Or mix up the traditional floral arrangement idea with lollipop bouquets instead!

Candy Cake

Photos by Balloon Artistry.

Candy cakes are a unique take on the classic party dessert. They’re also far more budget-friendly than the traditional baked version. For a fun DIY project, shape candy favorites into a cake structure, and decorate it with lollipops, ribbons, and candles. Using the occasion’s color schemes in the candy cake helps keep it cohesive. Or save yourself the time and contact a company such as Covered in Candy for this eyepopping dessert alternative. You can also have the best of both worlds by adding candy pieces to your traditional baked cake.

Candy Bar or Candy Shop

Willy Wonka Room at Powerhouse Studios.

Photos by Balloon Artistry.

The candy bar or candy shop is becoming a common and less expensive addition, or alternative, to the traditional dessert buffet at weddings and parties. Using elegant canisters, jars or theme-shaped bowls can make this fun DIY idea an upscale addition to any party. Organize sweets in a way that compliments your theme. Monogram or heart shaped dishes are perfect for a wedding, while pink, purple and white candies might be ideal for bat mitzvahs or Sweet 16's with similar color schemes.Mitzvahs with similar color schemes.

Candy Theme For those with a true sweet tooth, having a candy theme for your event is a fun way to showcase your love of candy. There are endless possibilities for featuring the candy theme in unique and classy ways. The guest of honor’s initials in candy, a candy-inspired logo and favors, and candy-shaped decorations are great opportunities to reflect the theme. Meanwhile, invitations with candy prints are a wonderful way to introduce guests to the party’s motif.

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Elegance, Romance & Tradition at the

FEATURES • Catering packages are tailormade to fit a wide range of budgets, including an extensive Kosher catering menu (under Orthodox rabbinical supervision).

• We have cultivated a reputation for unmatched excellence in every aspect of Bar/Bat Mitzvah catering in the metropolitan area, from attentive european service to the sumptuous menu.

• The Richfield Regency is reknowned for its impeccably catered weddings, as well as its elegance and beauty as a wedding venue in northern New Jersey. • Our beautifully appointed, non-denominational chapel graciously accommodates up to 250 guests. • Off-premise catering - We accommodate parties and events in homes, offices, yachts, temples and more.

Richfield Regency Richfield Regency is located in Verona, a quaint suburb of Northern New Jersey. Our banquet venue in North NJ sits just across the street from the picturesque Verona Park. Its charming waterfall and stone bridge offer a perfect backdrop for your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah photographs. As catering professionals, our staff will customize your mitzvah or wedding to create memorable moments that will last a lifetime. Richfield Regency offers a vast array of catering packages tailor-made to fit a wide range of budgets. Kosher catering and off-premise catering in Northern NJ is also available. Your guests will experience the ambiance of tastefully appointed surroundings and the hospitable services offered by Richfield Regency's highly skilled and attentive staff. Delight in the selections you have made from Richfield Regency's ample menus featuring continental cuisine unparalleled by any other catering company in North NJ. Our attention to detail is evident in our banquet facility in North NJ, from the exquisitely decorated chapel and bridal rooms to the finest china and linens used at the reception.

"You just wouldn't believe the party we went to last week, the food was incredible, the service was fabulous and the place was magnificent!"

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Trend Setting in Mitzvah Entertainment Michael Langsner • Vice President of Xplosive Entertainment Bar and Bat Mitzvahs have been celebrated for as long as any of us can recall. As an operator of a DJ based entertainment company, meetings with clients almost always begin with the same few statements or questions… “We want something different.” “What’s new and popular?” “My son has an older brother (or sister)… what can we do to make this party different?” “My daughter is the last in her class to have a party, how can we stand out? Without breaking the bank, of course!”

setting. Flat panel TVs have become a standard at most events. Now, DJs not only show photo montages, but now can also incorporate high definition music videos, custom-filmed introduction videos, and animated personalized logo graphics. Lighting at events are now of professional concert touring quality. DJ booth facades have also become an important element into a room’s décor. Some of the newest and hottest items we have been including in our signature events include Cirque-inspired performances, LED illuminated and oversized versions of traditional games (like ping pong, foosball, and air hockey) for cocktail hour. The overall hottest trend in Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Ladies and gentleman, in the world of Bar and Bat Mitzvah planning, there are some common elements that will happen from party to party. However, adding a personalized twist makes your affair memorable, unique, and trend

planning is delivering a personalized experience with true talent, inspiring entertainment and incorporating advanced technology to accomplish this goal. For more details on this topic or to learn more about Xplosive Entertainment, feel free to contact us.

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y t t i Sm JSC chews the fat with the Bar Mitzvah MC extraordinaire and shares some of his insights about how to keep the good times rolling! How long have you been an emcee, when did you start and how many parties do you think you have worked overall? I have been emceeing for a little over 20 years. I have probably performed for over 300,000 people…approximately 2,500 parties. How did you become an emcee? I was discovered about 25 years ago because of my dance abilities. I started as a dancer/motivator. Then, when I started working for Powerhouse Entertainment back in 1995, they saw my potential and elevated me to an emcee. I have been emceeing at all sorts of events ever since. What inspires you and motivates you to come out every day? Simply, because everything is in the moment. Every party is unique and the fun and crazy things that happen are special memories to me that I savor and remember always. What makes you so unique and why are you in such demand in the mitzvah industry? Because I have to have a great time at the party. It is not just a job for me; having fun and having the opportunity to meet and interact with new people in new environments is the greatest thing. I believe that shows through in my performance. I genuinely believe having a blast is the reason why I am in such demand. How do you remain so fit and energetic? Do you have a special workout routine or special diet you abide by? If YOU jump around with hundreds of kids, pre-teens and teens for three to five hours, several days a week…you wouldn’t need to ask that question…LOL. That is how I keep in shape (and no I don’t diet; in fact, I eat whatever I want). How long do you think you can continue to perform and emcee? I feel as long as I am physically able and my heart is in it (as it always has been) that I can perform for as long as clients still want to request me for their events.

What was the most unique moment at a party? My most unique moment at an event was the day I was written into the candle lighting speech by the Bat Mitzvah girl. I was so touched that I was important to give a candle to. What kind of music are kids listening to and how do you stay current yet age appropriate? In recent years, kids have come out of liking rap and it is now back to danceable pop. That is what is in now. Fortunately, most of the music that is popular today is appropriate for 13 year olds, and the songs that are questionable, we either don’t play or have appropriate radio edit versions of them. We pride ourselves on not playing music with cursing or inappropriate lyrics. What are some of the most outrageous themes that you have emceed? There was a party with a burlesque theme and they also had a troupe of Brazilian dancers perform. Another one the theme was COLORS and all the guests (and entertainers) had to dress in bright and outrageous colors. That was a fun and memorable party. Lastly, I was performing an event at Madison Square Garden on the basketball court. I went out to center court and did a break dance back spin in the middle of the floor. WOW, how many people get to do that in their lifetime? Are there any tips you have for parents in planning a bar/bat mitzvah that would help them to avoid pitfalls and assure that everyone has a great party experience? Make sure you supply your entertainers with a music request list; both a "play" list and "DO NOT play" list. That helps make the party personal. Make sure that you hire professionals who know how to run a party and specialize in getting guests to have a great time. Then relax and leave it to them to run the party. Don’t miss out on having fun at your own party, worrying about every little detail. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes…because if you are at MY party…you are going to dance! LOL!

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• Formal weddings, fundraisers, casual cocktail parties, Bar Mitzvahs - we listen to your needs and tailor each event to assure a fabulous celebration. • Kosher menus available. • Innovative and unique presentations.

• Our services come complete with all the arrangements and complete portable kitchens with ovens, stoves and grills.

• Tented weddings & events are our speciality. They are a favorite because they provide unlimited design possibilities, sizes & styles. Tents can furnish a chic space that is cost effective and often blends seamlessly with existing architecture. • Rental services available for the following: tents, linens, chairs, tables, china, themed props, luau items, chocolate fountains, slushy machines, ice carvings, lighting packages, and so much more!


Ultimate Caterer We believe in helping accomplish your event’s vision, so contact us today and get your plans under way.

The Ultimate Caterer has been providing culinary excellence in creative catering and event management for almost 30 years. Entertaining is one of the most basic ways our clients express love, gratitude, joy, and family. We pride ourselves in offering gracious, honest, and reliable service. From formal weddings & fundraisers, to casual cocktail parties, Bar Mitzvahs and dinners, our team will orchestrate every detail to relieve you of all burden and anxiety. We tailor each event to assure a fabulous celebration. The Ultimate Caterer has emerged as New Jersey's premier caterer, in both off-premises and at our exclusively recommended locations, such as James Ward Mansion, Newark Museum, many temples, Beth Chaim, Oceanfront Hotels and many more. We help our clients find unique event locations such as museums, yachts, mansions and hidden treasure spots in NJ, NY and PA. Why are we the Ultimate Caterer? Because

we make your vision and dreams become a reality for your special event. The Ultimate Caterer is your one-stop shop for all your party needs, including rentals, service and food. "Stress free" are the magic words that make it possible for you to enjoy your special day. "You are a guest at your own party." Our professional chefs have extensive culinary training and attended the top culinary schools in the area. Some of our house specialties include honey pecan crusted salmon, caribbean tilapia with a pineapple mango salsa, chateaubriand served with our famous horseradish crème sauce, and our fabulous "duet creations". Just to name a few. Your event will be customized just for you, with your favorite selections from our extensive menus. We put our name and reputation on every event we do and we skill everything to perfection, so Let Ultimate Caterer create your next event.

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DJs, dancers, lighting, multimedia and live musicians. We do it all!

FEATURES • NYE represents the hottest names in Emcees (MCs) & everything to do with BarMitzvah entertainment and production. Our corral of talent includes Magic Mark, Elijah & Jesse from X-Factor, Dru from Americas Best Dance Crew, Jedi from TV fame, Fresh, Glyde, Angel, Ice, Purnell, Chad, LA and many more superstar personalities. • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras, school dances and Sweet 16s. Your event consultant can help advise you from their plethora of experiences. • NYE photographers stand by our reputation of more than 40 years to exceed your expectations at every level of service.

• Lounge decor, dance floors, centerpieces & more. We also provide novelty services such as photo favors, photo booths, casinos, sports arcade games, air-brushing, our signature auction and so much more. It's all displayed on our new website! • With offices in NJ, NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore & D.C., NYE has a unique perspective in the industry.

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Experience the culture and history of the homeland for an unfogrettable Mitzvah on the Mount.

By Vicki Hart, Israel Tour Connections Why Should I celebrate my child’s How much will it cost? all hotels, touring and entrance fees, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel? The Bar or Bat Mitzvah child goes for most meals. You will be sent a full tour The passage from youth to adulthood FREE on the land tour as our guest with outline with all of the costs included. We is a momentous event and an especially two or more adults travelling. ITC is also will be more than pleased to work with you significant one in Judaism. Whether this is pleased to offer an airline credit of $500 to customize any pre or post tour details your child’s sole Bar or Bat Mitzvah towards the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child’s for your family. experience or a celebration of a simcha flight cost. The price of a family tour in What about the ceremony? held at home, there is no better way than Israel will depend on the length of the tour An ITC B’nai Mitzvah ceremony is an to celebrate with family & friends in Israel! you select and the time of year you travel. incredibly moving experience held in the Why choose a group tour? ITC Tour costs are based per person and ancient synagogue atop of Masada. Your Travelling on a group tour with the tours are nearly all–inclusive, covering child will be well prepared for this imporfamilies like yours makes for an tant milestone, as we will send a incredibly fun and educational full preparatory kit well in advance experience. By the second or of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah date. third day, the kids are sitting and The service is family oriented with hanging out together and even everyone participating, and each discussing the events of the day! child is called to the Torah for Tour groups stay connected long their individual Aliyah blessing after their tour is over via faceand Torah reading. Families of all book and social media, and some levels of observance find the even schedule reunions for those service to be both meaningful in cities close by. By choosing a and spiritual. Our Rabbi works group tour, it also takes the stress with all of our ITC Tour groups, out of coordinating and planning meeting in Israel in advance of the the details on your own. Leave ceremony day to connect with A group tour can help you plan your Mitzvah to make sure all the that to the pros! the kids and families in person. details of your trip and celebration are taken care of. FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | J E W I S H S T Y L E C E L E B R AT I O N | 4 0

Majestic nights of Jeruselam and the beauty of Israel create culturally enriching and lush backdrop for any celebration.

they are truly celebrated across the entire tour! Whether it is the fabulous boat ride on the Galilee and celebratory dinner in the north, or the camel trek and Beduoin tent celebration or the final farewell dinner party with live music and dancing – your child will be the center of attention throughout the entire tour! What about the tour details? ITC takes care of all of the planning and tour logistics for you! With a full staff in Livingston, New Jersey as well as our office in Israel your needs will be well attended to. There is no request too large or small that we can’t take care of. With a full air department we can assist you with your air travel plans as well! Should you bring your grandparents ? Absolutely! The tour is designed to be multi-generational and we can absolutely make accommodations for those with special needs. Our guides are specifically chosen for these tours to expertly lead tours for ages 8 to 80! There is nothings as special as having extended family with you to experience

this significant moment in your family’s lives. Describe a typical day on the tour. The tour is an active one! It is specifically designed for three generations, where all will feel engaged and comfortable. You will take part in hands-on activities every day that will truly bring the country to life – whether it is an archaeological dig and cave crawl, a river rafting trip on the Jordan River, floating in the Dead Sea, a Jeep ride in the Golan Heights or planting trees in Israeli soil - each day is an adventure! What about the level of hotels on your tour? Our tour is primarily a five-star deluxe hotel tour. You will stay in the famous David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, the closest to the Western Wall with sweeping views of Jerusalem’s Old City, the cosmopolitan Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and the deluxe rooms at the beautiful Kibbutz Lavi guest house in the northern Tiberias region!

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way than to celebrate with family & friends in Israel!

What makes an ITC Tour special? What truly separates an ITC tour experience is the hands on and in-depth experiences we offer. For example, when visiting the galleries and ancient synagogues in Safed you will meet with an artist in their studio to hear how they infuse the Kabbalist mysticism into their artistic creations. You will be invited for an incredible home hospitality experience on Shabbat dining with a private family in their home for a moving and personal Shabbat experience, making memories that will last a lifetime! Our ITC group tour also includes a MITZVAH project, allowing kids and families to “give back” as part of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience. Meeting with other children at the Jaffa Institute, the kids will get to play together and package boxes of much needed supplies for underprivileged families of all faiths. These are just a few examples of the many special experiences you will have. Will there be a party? Of course! But not only are the Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids celebrated on their special day with cake and candle lighting,

Experience an Israel Tour Connection Mitzvah Tour Israel Tour Connection, has been in the Israel tourism industry for over 28 years, and is rated as a leader in Israel tourism, serving the Jewish communities internationally with the highest level of reliability and service. ITC offers its vast knowledge and expertise to provide superior itineraries, outstanding accommodations, tour guides which are custom selected for your group, all at very competitive rates. This translates to the most rewarding and pleasurable trip of a lifetime…a trip to your Jewish Homeland with a tour company that will assist you every step of the way. Contact Vicki Hart today to begin planning your family’s Israel Journey! 973- 535-2575 or

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FEATURES • Full service Kosher caterer and event planning

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• Professional and friendly wait staff, chefs, and bartenders • Fully customized

• Menu based on theme, season and budge

Who Knew Kosher Tasted So Good! Bubbe’s K sher Catering Bubbe's Kosher Catering is a Full Service Caterer and Event Planning Company that provides catering for both social and corporate functions. Bubbe's Kosher Catering, A Division of Livingston Bagel,

• Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Bridal Showers, Weddings and more

was born in 2008 due to the high demand of quality kosher catering in the Livingston, NJ area . For over 40 years Liv-

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Kosher Catering is based on the same principle and has Bubbe’s home cooked foods are the real star of this team. Brisket, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Potato Pancakes, you name it; we make it just like Bubbe used to! Today, with the development of expertise, resources, and a refined palette, Bubbe's Kosher Catering is becoming so much more then just your average caterer. We have expanded the catering department to include a Full Service Event Planning team, further assisting our customers with his or her special event needs.

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We Specialize in Baby Namings, Bris', Barbeques, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Bridal Showers, Brunches, Office Parties, Grand Openings, Product Launches, House Warmings, Cocktail Parties, Receptions, Holiday Parties, Shabbat Dinners, Temple Functions, Theme Events, Confirmations and more...

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Seth Elgart Video Productions

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Images4ever are storytellers. Your life story will unfold in front of you with dazzling pictures, creative backgrounds, video footage, music of your choice and personalized messages. We create a high quality DVD keepsake for any event. Montages created for any special event such as: • Birthdays • Graduations • Weddings • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs • A Tribute • And More!

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Photography has been our family’s passion and profession for over 25 years.

At Photography By Meir, you’ll find the perfect “FUSION” of personal touch and uncompromising quality.

Your one-of-a-kind event is as unique as you are, and it takes a highly skilled and experienced photographer, like Meir, to know how to reflect your style and personality in pictures. Meir is a reliable, highly professional, talented artist who will help you create a masterpiece of an album for the admiration and wonder of family members for generations to come.

“Let Us Photograph the Ones You Love.”

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AUTHENTIC MOMENTS, ARTFULLY CAPTURED. Ira captures authentic expressions, gestures and interactions, creating powerful images that bring joy to his clients. The feelings that animate his subjects are always evident in his photographs. Ever watchful, Ira makes sure to see the quiet moments in between, when human essence is most vividly revealed. Ira exceeds expectations with above-and-beyond service that thrills his clients as much as their photographs do.


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Celebration and Education for Your Family

Jewish lifecycles are a time of growth when we express ourselves through ritual. Cantor Barbra is available to serve your needs whether it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah for your child, your own wedding, or the naming of your child.

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world-class DJs and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. A pulsating oasis fashioned after the exotic paradise of St. Tropez, Avenue features a luminescent rooftop pool, outdoor fireplace, oversized bed seating and stunning panoramic views of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. With events extravagant yet elegant, Avenue combines sophisticated charisma and raw energy to create the definitive party experience. Our third floor rooftop lounge is the premiere setting for hip and stylish blowout mitzvahs, dazzling Sweet 16 galas or any other soirée you can dare to imagine. Immerse yourself in our state-of-the-art sound system, bathe in our warm ambient lighting and let loose on our seemingly endless dance floor. For a spectacular setting, superb cuisine and extraordinary service, Avenue is the ideal beachfront location for any extraordinary occasion.


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Kosher, 100% organic, and full of FLAVOR, not FILLER. Think outside the box! This collection of global spices can be used to add flavor to butters and mayonnaises, create sumptuous sauces for vegetables, bring life to your eggs, or add a touch of savory to make any celebration dish special. NO preservatives, caking agents, glutens, MSG, GMO’s or high salt content.


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FEATURES • Weddings - Let Northern Valley Affairs assist you and your family with our years of expertise and experience in planning your special day. • The main sanctuary with its antique stained glass dome and beautiful mosaic lined aisle is a sight to behold.

• The historic Marble Aron Kodesh and mahogany pews add a feeling of warmth and tradition to this unique facility. • Cuisine - Exquisite. Original. Unparalelled. Kosher and Glatt Kosher catering available at our location or the venue of your choice. • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs – The elegant Grand Ballroom is the perfect setting for your celebration, and special menus will be custom designed for your guests as well as your guest of honor and friends. • Separate areas for games and entertainment can be catered for as well as complete party planning and decorating services.

A family-owned business for 75 years, specializing in Kosher & Glatt Kosher Catering

Northern Valley Affairs From Generation to Generation the

stained glass dome. Finally, elegance and

Bernstein and Friedman families have been

grace abounds in our Grand Ballroom,

serving the Greater New York Metropolitan

where your guests will enjoy the ultimate in

Jewish Community. For decades, we have

culinary creations.

provided unparalleled cuisine and elegant

Here at Northern Valley Affairs, we

service, on behalf of our clients, in some of

would like to assist you with our years of

the most elegant venues in the region.

expertise and experience in planning your

We are proud of our newest facility,

special event. Our accomplished and

Temple Emanu-El, nestled in the hills of

Professional staff is capable in assisting you

Bergen County, in Closter, New Jersey. As

to make your affair one that is to be

your guests arrive they will be warmly

remembered. From traditional recipies to

greeted, in our marble-covered atrium. The

nouveau international preparations, the

elegant decor pervades throughout as you

result is an epicurean feast fit for the most

are lead into the region’s most unique

discerning connoisseur.

sanctuary, highlighted by its antique,

“I just wanted to thank you both for running an outstanding wedding last night. I'm so glad I was finally able to have an event at Temple Emanu-El after years of hearing about how great a venue it is.”

at Temple Emanu-El 180 Piermont Road Closter, NJ 07624 201-750-0333 FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 3 | J E W I S H S T Y L E C E L E B R AT I O N | 6 4

at Temple Emanu-El

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• Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events and more! • Comfortable and elegant surroundings.

• Fabulous settings, delicious food, and elegant service. • Creating events of your dreams!

• Our team captains have over 15 years of experience. • Featuring a cocktail room, grand ballroom, courtyard and our very own chapel for all of your event needs. • Exclusinve caterers offering great service. • Off-Premises Catering for All Occasions!

Off Premises Catering Available at the Location of Your Choice

Exquisite Affairs Welcome to Exquisite Affairs Caterers at Temple Beth Ahm. If you are planning a wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or corporate event, let Exquisite Affairs create the EVENT of your dreams! For over 40 years we have been creating fabulous celebrations. Let us create a day that family will remember for years to come. Exquisite Affairs Caterers hosts only one event at a time, providing freedom to supervise every aspect of the event, from the planning of the menu to the intricate details of the place settings. Quality service with a personal touch is provided by a courteous and knowledgeable staff that can concentrate all of its energies on

serving the needs of one party. From generation to generation, the Bernstein and Friedman families have been dazzling the greater New York Metropolitan jewish community. We have provided unparalleled cuisine and elegant service on behalf of our clients in the most elegant venues in the region. Exquisite Affairs Caterers unique facility is designed to put you and your guests in a series of memorable and beautiful settings on that special day. Walk down the aisle of our Beautiful Synagogue, our accomplished and professional catering team will assist you in every way to create the affair of your dreams.

“The food was excellent, the presentation was artistic and your staff is professional yet friendly. They treated us like royalty. Thank you so much for making this a night to remember. ”

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Events that last a lifetime

at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael

973-258-0655 60 Temple Drive | Springfield, NJ 07081

Jewish Style Celebration Fall 2013  

Fall 2013: Your planning guide for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, sweet 16's, and other celebrations for the Jewish community.

Jewish Style Celebration Fall 2013  

Fall 2013: Your planning guide for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, sweet 16's, and other celebrations for the Jewish community.