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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 or 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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At Sweet Dreams Studio our wedding and event photography is vivid and beautifully candid, our video is cinematic and action-packed, and our photo booth is insanely fun with non-stop laughter. Parties can include Bar/Bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16, birthday and company galas. Proud Winner of the Knot Magazine 2014 Best Wedding Photographer in NJ and interviewed on Fox TV Morning News. More importantly, we believe in making a sincere difference in people's lives by capturing the precious memories that last forever.

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Letter from the publisher Celebrating 16 Years of Providing Quality Party Planning Resources Thank you for choosing “Jewish Style Celebration” as your resource for planning your next wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or other celebration. Our team of designers and writers are excited to offer you a multitude of resources for planning your next milestone event. This issue features some amazing editorials on weddings and we are excited to present additional resources and information for your wedding planning. 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 2014/2015 season. Best Wishes & Mazel Tov on your next celebration.

–Kenny Baroff

Kenny Baroff, Publisher Jewish Style Celebration would like to thank Cigall Goldman at for their contributions to this issue. is an 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, 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!

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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.

Welcome to

• LED lighting is included to create that special ambiance. • 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 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. If you’re planning a Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, kiddush, bris, wedding, corporate function, home or office party, tent party, or any other social Main Office 52B N. Main Street, Suite 1 Marlboro, NJ 07746 North Jersey Office 1380 Sussex Turnpike Randolph, NJ 07869 Tel: 732-294-0032

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 is the exclusive Kosher and Glatt-Kosher Caterer at the beautiful 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. 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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FEATURES • The Finest Kosher Cuisine • Experienced and Professional Staff • Elegant and Tasteful Presentation • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs • Weddings • Kiddushes • Bris • Baby Namings

DELI KING of Linden, an institution of Kosher Catering and a Jewish Kosher Delicatessen for • Anniversaries

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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ANOTHER MAZEL MOMENT A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Overview for what’s new in 2014 One of the biggest influences on bat and bar mitzvahs today is the trend toward personalization. This trend encourages families to be thoughtful and creative while capturing the teen’s personality in unique and stylish receptions. Celebrations are carefully crafted to reflect the guest of honor’s favorite foods, colors and interests. One example of the personalization trend is the evolution of the party theme. It's becoming more popular for the theme to simply be the guest of honor! You can showcase all of the teen’s favorite things, including fashion, sports, technology or candy. In addition, many families are choosing to turn the bar/bat mitzvah's name or initials into a logo that can be used throughout the event as well as on party favors. There is also a growing emphasis on integrating philanthropy into the celebration. We’re seeing more charityinspired bar and bat mitzvahs, where the teen’s mitzvah project

is highlighted, tzedakah donations are made (sometimes in lieu of favors!), and other choices are made that give back to the community. Entertainment is another party element influenced by the personalization trend. The always-popular photo booth is being accompanied by teen activity stations for creating custom party favors. Personalized phone cases, t-shirts, candy bars are just some of the really cool things that guests are going home with. There are also many interactive games and social media tie-ins that are now very much in style, giving guests an opportunity to do more than just eat, drink and dance. In terms of décor and music, many teens want their parties to have a club vibe, and create teen lounges as part of their setup. In addition to standard seating, the lounge features hightech lighting, cozy upholstered or illuminated furniture, and club music. The music choices are a great way to reflect the musical taste of the guest of honor. These are exciting times in bar and bat mitzvahs, and we’re so excited to see what’s in store for the future.

Cigall Goldman is co-owner of, an awardwinning website dedicated to planning Jewish-inspired events including weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and baby celebrations.

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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 • Custom step & repeat

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, a montage that will captivate/entertain your guests and Flexible Professional Photography Hollywood East is the company for your next Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration! 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, The Cannes Film festival, NBC Olympics, Yankee Baseball, SNL, The Today Show & The Super bowl to name a few. Because of our different approach and experience we are confident only our product and staff, while being your smallest expense of your total event budget, will provide you

with the highest return on your investment! All your planning is done to provide one thing...A smile on your family’s face. A moment...then a memory. Unfortunately Inferior event coverage over the years has pushed the need to document that memory to a less important need...When in fact it is the MOST Important! We have built A company that our clients can depend on to change the perception of event coverage in this industry. 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! Read this ultimate testimonial that says it all!

"I was on the fence regarding video coverage for my daughter's Bat Mitzvah. I thought the photos would

be enough of a memory, but I was very wrong. Frank

Duca and Hollywood East, whom I was referred to

as producing a fresh and amazing representation of

your event was great to deal with from start to end.

He was professional and non intrusive, yet always at

the right place at the right time throughout the

evening. The final edited video is absolutely fantastic!

Nothing like the standard slow moving product we all are tired of. I highly recommend Hollywood

East and will definitely hire them again for my younger daughter's Mitzvah which is in 2015."

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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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Plan Your

Wedding 101 Professional Advice Can Help You Avoid Pitfalls Before They Arise


s a planner, I always hope that the clients will come to my office before doing a single second of research, visiting venues or meeting with vendors. Between Facebook groups, Instagram and Pinterest, brides and grooms can easily be overwhelmed by all of the options and ideas that are out there. What's worse, are the "data reports" which go over how much the average wedding costs and how to keep that cost even lower. I've never found any of the tips offered to be worth anything. And what's worse is that there really isn't hard proof of what the "average" wedding costs. Nationwide surveys are useless because ,unless you're planning a wedding in Kentucky, you're going to pay New Jersey prices, and no morning show should be able to tell you differently. This is why I want to meet with my clients before they look at a single magazine, watch any shows or listen to any advice. I want to hear what they really want and to really assess the budget we are working with. Too often clients will throw too much money at one particular item, and then come to me with limited funds to put towards every other expense. I like to break down their budget in a way that makes sense before asking them to spend a dime. It's all about prioritizing and, in the end, realizing that weddings are going to be expensive, to an extent.

They don't have to break the bank, but they will be expensive.   New Jersey is home to many amazing venues, both traditional and different. Some are better known than others, but new venues open up every year in The Garden State. No matter what you're looking for, the style and the right venue can be found right here. When clients come to me, I go through exactly what they are looking for in a venue, right down to the smaller details. There have been countless times where clients hire me and have "buyer's remorse" with regard to their venue. I have stood through many appointments where the bride asks me dozens of times, "but do you really like it?" and "is it OK?" I feel awful for these brides because I know they will never be happy with their venue and there is nothing I can do about it. They have put down thousands of dollars and will put down thousands more, yet never be happy. I wish, and I hope couples hear me when I say this, that my clients would come to me, without a venue picked out and let me help them. Together, we can find the perfect place.   For more information on planning your wedding, Danielle can be contacted at Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, NJ at 732-236-4065 or online at

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FEATURES • Rich, beautiful rooms and table settings

Little Italy

• Elegant, adjustable lighting • Authentic, chef-prepared Italian-American dishes served buffet or family style • Skilled and impeccablydressed servers • Full-service bars with an extensive selection of wines, spirits and champagnes • Skilled Banquet Managers experienced in a wide range of social, religious and cultural events


Host your special event at our place or yours Maggiano's Little Italy is an upscale Italian restaurant themed after 1940's Little Italy. We present the perfect mix of oldworld casual atmosphere, fresh and abundant menu choices and top notch service. The most unique thing about Maggiano's is that we can offer banquet and delivery services for special celebrations. Banquets: Maggiano’s is the perfect place to bring family and friends together to celebrate your Bar/Bat mitzvah, Shabbat dinner, Quinceñera or day-after brunch. Your personal Banquet Manager will help

you plan the perfect event from start to finish. Big, small, elegant or casual, it’s sure to be an event your guests will not forget. Delivery: Our philosophy is a simple one: When you don’t come to our place, we bring the best of everything to yours – and set it all up for you. Food, plates, utensils, everything! The only thing you need to do is enjoy a fresh-made Italian feast with family and friends. Let us take care of you whether hosting your event at our place or yours and Maggiano’s will provide the warm, gracious hospitality that made us famous.

Your event deserves a warm environment, a touch of something special and, of course, the best Italian food.

600 Commons Way, Bldg. E Bridgewater, NJ 08807 908-547-6050 Banquets 908-547-6055 Delivery

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Step Guide to Jewish Wedding Flowers Flowers play a significant role at most weddings. Whether you decide to keep it simple or have blooms brimming from every corner, you want the arrangements to reflect your personality and wedding style. This is easier said than done, and finding a skilled florist who can work within your budget can be quite a task. There are four key factors to consider when hiring a florist for your Jewish Wedding.

Photo credit: Ariston Flowers : Robin Roemer Photography

By Cigall Goldman,

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1. Experience With Jewish Weddings For a Jewish wedding there are some additional skills required, such as designing a chuppah (wedding canopy) and understanding the regulations of the temple in terms of décor. For this reason it’s essential to work with a florist who has experience designing Jewish weddings.

2. Budget and Logistics This is a critical place to start the floral planning. Once you have chosen the venue and location, and determined the wedding party and guest count, you can start visualizing your flower choices and how many will be needed. You need to consider the following: bridal bouquet, wedding party bouquets and boutonnières, flowers for parents and other honored guests, florals for the chuppah and aisle, and possibly the temple bimah. Then of course there’s the reception decor and table centerpieces, flowers to decorate the cake, and a floral arrangement for the escort table. It can add up quickly, so it is important to get a realistic and thorough proposal from your florist.

venue. A well-planned floral design can bridge together elements that may not look right otherwise. You can’t do anything about the bold red carpet of the temple, but a standout chuppah and clever aisle arrangements can keep everyone's focus where you want it. Flowers and decor can be quite functional in filling space and hiding flaws. Commit to a color scheme and keep in mind all of the other items that will likely be affected by the choice.

4. Season and Availability It pays to be practical when choosing your blooms. Choose wedding flowers

Beyond all these factors, make sure your florist takes the opportunity to get to know you and your fiancé to get a sense of your style and vision. The flowers you select will help create the wedding of your dreams! 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.

3. Color Palette One of the primary reasons for incorporating flowers is to give the wedding a unified look that ties together the bridesmaid dresses, linens, and

that are in season and grown locally to your wedding location. Seasonal flowers are more readily available, less expensive, and often last longer. If you have your heart set on a certain bloom that won’t be in season or is difficult to get, a knowledgeable florist will be able to walk you through some beautiful alternatives. A good florist should be able to provide some creative ideas for seasonal floral accents that can really wow your guests.

Photo credit: Ariston Flowers : Robin Roemer Photography

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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.

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

New York Entertainment NYE provides the areas most unique high profile entertainers. Top-tier Emcees, lauded on Tv & praised up and down the east coast at amazing parties every weekend. The focus of our company is on our spectacular Emcees (MCs) combined with world class DJ's, dancers, light shows. The power and excitement is captured on our award winning web site, On our fun page, best described as the ultimate rush, you can check in every week and see a new video, keeping you up on all of the exciting action happenings at NYE parties, every weekend. Aside from amazing DJ's and dancers, we also have some of the areas most incredible dance bands, such as ONYx,

Millennium, Spectrum, & Black Tie. We feature wedding ceremony string ensembles, jazz & cocktail musicians, solo piano and guitar. Hard to find musical troops specializing in mariachi, salsa and caribbean steel drum bands are also on the roster at New York Entertainment. Dynamite photographers & videographers are on our staff as well, and work with some of the east coast’s most elite party planners every weekend. Lounge Decor and more…. we truly do it all. Sweet 16's weddings, Quiceaneras, corporate functions and of course Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Please feel free to call us and you will feel so confident that your party will be phenomenal.

NYE - the areas most unique Mitzvah MC/Ds, hybrid live DJ bands, dance bands, photography, video services, lounge decor, cocktail novelty entertainment, dancing heads & so much more…

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J.B.Yong Wedding photography is more than just snapping pictures at a wedding. It is much more than just having fancy camera equipment. I believe it is the art of preserving in time those beautifully candid and human moments at a wedding.  That is why photography is one of the most important things to get for a wedding because it is the best way to remember that special day with loved ones.  Wedding photography is quietly catching the groom’s face when he sees the bride walking down the aisle for the first time. It is the look in their eyes as the wedding couple say their heartfelt vows to each other. It is the family and friends celebrating the circle of life between a man and a woman that they love so much.  As a passionate and award-winning wedding photographer who has done over 100 weddings I understand that these moments of human connection can truly define great wedding photography.  That is why I try to always bring an artistic eye and creative mind as well as  immense determination to every wedding. I am looking to capture the beautiful candid human moments to wow, inspire and bring back the bride and groom to their special day. In this way wedding photography is priceless beyond measure and becomes a family treasure that lasts forever.

Stephen Taylor I find brides today are looking for a blended style. Style that has brilliant candidates as well as choreographed portraits. Most event photographers today are fabulous in the area of proposing a fashion magazine style of photography. The trend of many photographers are using Photoshop to create edgy high contrast images. Having a high definition look. There is still a large percentage of clients that want a true and natural documentation of their special occasion. These clients are very sophisticated and expect elegant simple, natural images to tell the story of the most special day. This is called a documentary style. Style tells a beautiful story from a multiple of perspectives. Many feel a documentary approach has value 25 to 50 years later. THE Focus OF this approach is not only the main subjects but all of the guests friends and family as well. FINAL RESULT IS A FABULOUS STORY, AN HEIRLOOM THAT WILL LAST FOREvER.

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Ira Casel A Bat/Bar Mitzvah or wedding is a significant moment in the life of a family. The day is one suffused with emotion, nostalgia for the past and hopes for the future. Of course, there are ceremonial aspects of the day which need to be captured in photographs. These are the photographs that one expects - the candle lighting, the bar mitzvah boy lifted high on a chair, the walk down the aisle, couple’s first dance. No doubt, these photographs should be beautiful. Yet, mitzvah or wedding photographs must be more than a mere record of the day’s events. The photographs are all that families are left with after the music stops, the lights come up, the food’s been eaten and the decorations are dismantled. They should record the often hidden moments in between. To be successful, the images captured must embody the emotions and personalities of their subjects. The photographs must reveal the subtleties of the individual human experiences of the day. Authentic expressions, gestures and interactions should abound. The final images should evoke gasps and grins. Looking at the proofs should give the viewer goose bumps. This is what family event photography can be. This is Ira Casel Photography.

Photography by


Meir Reuven I believe that every bride has a dream, she imagines her wedding to be a special and unique day. My job as a photographer is to help them realize the dream they have been imagining - sometimes for years! When I meet with the couple, we spend a lot of time talking about their ideas, wishes and what they imagine their special day to be like. This guides me and helps me to visualize things the way that they see them. The reason that this is so helpful is that many people have difficulty expressing their style, likes and dislikes in words. My personal style and what I like is less important than what the couple envisions. As a professional, I use my skill, expertise, experience and creativity to fashion a story in images based on their dreams. Their story can be documented using an eclectic approach combining different styles such as photojournalistic, classic portraiture, and high fashion. 2 6 | JE W IS H S T YL E C E LE BR ATI O N | S P R I N G/S U M M E R 20 14

Unparalleled Service... Flawless Execution...

All the Right Ingredients • Full Service Off Premise Caterer • Kosher & Non Kosher • Several Temple Affiliations • From First Impression to Lasting Impression

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FEATURES • Offering special events and banquets, including weddings, receptions, and parties of all kinds for members and non-members.

Lakes Club

A hidden gem in the heart of Mountain Lakes

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

The Mountain Lakes Club is a private

dine poolside or on the veranda with

• Custom designed menus.

social club that has been serving the • Year-round dining, both casual and formal.





panoramic views of Mountain Lake.


Apart from the club’s outdoor activities,

surrounding communities since 1914. The

member events are held on a regular basis,

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

club offers year-round dining and special

including adult-only offerings, such as wine

member events. Members can enjoy

tastings and yoga classes, as well as family-

• Expert culinary staff.

swimming, tennis, boating and bowling, in

friendly programs, like movie and trivia

addition to reciprocal memberships with

nights. Our annual comedy night is always a

nearby facilities, including golf clubs.

hit, as are our concert events.

• Activities including swimming, tennis, boating and bowling.

The MLC offers both casual and formal

Also, throughout the year, the club is

dining. Members can enjoy the club’s

host to special events and banquets for

lounge, with its full service bar, or dine


upstairs in the Ruhly or Crest Rooms. During

including weddings, receptions and parties

spring and summer months, members can

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.

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A hidden gem in the heart of Mountain Lakes





18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, N.J. 07046


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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 offer 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 Charters

• Anniversary Charters

• Birthday (Sweet 16) Party Ideas • Hanukkah Parties • Graduations

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, a continuous cocktail party buffet, or any particular type of event you wish to customize 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 executive chef - our team of private chefs prepare all food onboard daily.

• 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

solutions provider for yacht events.

standard for fine dining aboard luxury

We manage it all – from assisting with

yachts for many years. Our entire fleet of

the initial strategy and developing

ships recently received a multi-million dollar

measurable objectives to logistics – all

makeover that has our elegant dining

within budget and on time!

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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 guest 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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NJ’s Family Enter NOT JUST FOR KIDS... The Bounce Factory is an exciting, innovative family entertainment center that combines inflatable bounce houses with a state-of-the art multi-level laser tag arena. The Bounce Factory offers a fun, friendly and active environment for children, teenagers and adults. Our party professionals provide personalized service to make your event a memorable, hassle free experience, for you and your guest of honor. Perfect for Birthday Parties,Sweet 16’s, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties. Fundraisers, Corporate Events and all other special occasions.

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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.

Cantor Barbra Lieberstein

Certified Cantor with 12+ years of Pulpit Experience Learn to Read Hebrew

Private or Small Group Lessons in Your Home Officiant at Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies, Baby Namings and Weddings

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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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A New Bakery On The Block That Will Delight Your Taste Buds What do you do when you have a very special event and need some delicious delightful treats for your guests? A new kosher-certified bakery in Springfield, New Jersey, Delightful Cake Kreation, offering a variety of cakes, cupcakes, cake-pops, cheese-cakes, pies, cookies and even challah has caught our attention. This family-owned business is a true labor of love for owners Marsden Ricketts, Brian Dyce and Joanita Ricketts. All three were born in Jamaica, but moved to New Jersey some 20 years ago. Delightful Cake Kreation opened in December 2012. A few weeks after opening, Rabbi Mark Mallach, a Conservative rabbi who leads Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield stopped in. Was this Bashert zein? Rabbi Mallach asked Ricketts if he would consider becoming koshercertified. The bakery was already using kosher ingredients and making all their products from scratch so the

transition would be easy. “We wanted to be a true community bakery, servicing Springfield and all the surrounding towns so becoming kosher-certified certainly allows us to do that”. Delightful Cake Kreations is now Kosher-certified under Mallach’s supervision. Today, they sell an amazing variety of challahs, including traditional, cinnamon raisin, onion garlic and whole-wheat challah available fresh every Thursday and Friday. “We especially love to do special orders, and have created entire dessert buffets and three-dimensional cakes for Bar and Bat Mitzvas, as well as specialty custom cakes for Weddings, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, and so many more events.” All of their designs are unique and you can select from a variety of flavors, including: red velvet with cream cheese icing, vanilla vanilla, chocolate fudge, tiramisu, carrot cake, pineapple cream cheese, strawberry shortcake, and the list goes on an on and on…

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Traditional GLATT Kosher Catering & Events Majestic Glatt Kosher Catering & Events is a premiere off-premise kosher caterer. We specialize in making your affair a memorable one! You and your guests will be wowed by our presentation, hospitality and cuisine. We are here to make your event a memorable and special one. Whether the backyard BBQ for close friends, or a wedding for 500, Majestic is your only choice! Call or email us today to speak with our expert event planning staff. 310 Verona Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208 | | p: 908-353-2680 S P RI NG /S U M M ER 20 14 | J E W I SH ST Y LE CE L E B R ATI ON | 49

The Meaning of Shema-OR by Orna Simkhai The most important Jewish prayer, the Shema, is a declaration of faith and pledge of allegiance to G-d, commanding us to love G-d with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might. The Shema is to be worn close to the head and the heart. G-d dictates that the Shema prayer be contained in the mezuzah that we affix to our doorposts (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Shema-Or Jewelry (Or meaning light) contains the first verse of the Shema prayer in Hebrew: "‫לארשי עמש‬, ‫וניקלא יי‬, ‫"דחא יי‬ "Hear O Israel, The L-rd Our G-d, The L-rd is One”

In 2006, Shema-Or designer Orna Simkhai, saw a compelling story about a 19-year-old soldier who lost both his legs in the Second Lebanon War. Deeply moved by his bravery and beautiful spirit, Orna decided to reach out to the soldier at Tel-HaShomer Hospital in Israel. The visit fostered a deep connection between them, and

Orna was determined to help him. She designed the a pendant with the first verse of the Shema prayer in Hebrew, and decided to donate the sale proceeds to the recovering soldier. The soldier was so moved by her project, and had told her that he recited the “Shema” when he was severely wounded on the battle-field. Demand for the pendants has increased dramatically, because when you purchase Shema-Or jewelry, you know that you are helping people in need. Orna's outreach now includes a religious elementary school in Kfar Yonah and Beit Ariel, and a High School for children of low-income families in Beer Sheva. Orna has also extended her aid to a community of Ethiopian girls who immigrated to Israel and are in need of clothes, and books. We have been able to help Ethiopians in Israel buy computers, pay for a teaching certificate and just enjoy life a bit more. Some of the money has gone to help and cheer up wounded soldiers from the last Lebanon War. May the Shema-Or jewelry bring you light, strength, perseverance, and the drive to make a difference in the world around you.


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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.”

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FEATURES • 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 Spring/Summer 2014  
Jewish Style Celebration Spring/Summer 2014