I was so thrilled to be back at Rodef Shalom for Anna’s bat mitzvah this past weekend. What a gorgeous day for this momentous occasion!

If you’ve ever driven down Fifth Avenue in Oakland, you’ve probably noticed Rodef Shalom. It’s the one with the arched stained glass windows in the front. While walking around the side I admired this ivy climbing up and up. The bimah was decorated with this amazing sukkah for Sukkot. Amazing! As there’s no flash permitted during the ceremony, and photographers are instructed to stay in the back or the balcony, the rehearsal is a great time for photos. Here’s Anna, just before her rehearsal began. She didn’t seem nervous at all. Practicing an Aliyah with her parents, Janet and Matthew. Ready to go! And then the actual ceremony… Anna did so well, very confident and deliberate with her speech. After the ceremony, Anna’s family and friends celebrated in Rodef Shalom’s Freehof Hall. The garden of Eden-themed centerpieces were designed and created by Hepatica.About 40 young ladies sat at this long table. I loved the long row of small arrangements here. Leading Anna’s party was Scottro of Studio-E Entertainment. Scottro and his team were amazing – they knew just how to get everyone involved and having a great time. Hora time! Anna and her sister, Maevis. Scottro, hard at work. Shutterbooth was also in attendance. Guests took their turn in the photo booth, then signed a guestbook alongside their photo. These amazing people are Anna’s grandparents. Elaine and Carol traveled from Savannah – no small trip – and Won and Kay came all the way from South Korea to attend! Mazel tov Anna! Best of luck to you!


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