12.19.2018

Maya’s Bat Mitzvah – Beth El and The Rivers Club

A huge mazel tov to Maya, who celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah this past weekend at Beth El Congregation in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. I’d only just been to Beth El for the first time in November, and I was very happy to have the opportunity to go back again so soon.

I met Maya and her family a few days prior to her service for photos on the bimah and with the Torah. Then on Saturday night it was time to party at The Rivers Club! When Maya arrived for her party and looked around, she oohed and aahed over the candy buffet the most.

The Rivers Club was recently completely renovated and it looks amazing! If I didn’t know for sure I’d been there before, I would have thought I’d never been there before. DJ Sosa did an absolutely fantastic job of keeping the kids (and adults!) entertained, and The Rivers Club served up a fun and tasty menu.

Here are some of my favorite photos from this wonderful celebration.

 

Pittsburgh Bat Mitzvah Photography Beth El

On to the party at The Rivers Club!

Pittsburgh Bat Mitzvah Photography Rivers Club 50










What a spacious and comfortable location for cocktail hour!



Time to get the party started…


Love this photo as a document of life in 2018. 15 years ago, we’d be thinking, what are they are holding?!




DJ Sosa is a fantastic Bat Mitzvah DJ. If you’re looking for a DJ your Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah, I highly recommend him!







Hora time!









Mazel tov, Maya!

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11.14.2018

Alex’s Bar Mitzvah – Beth El Congregation

Since 2010, I’ve been photographing Bar/Bat Mitzvahs all over the Pittsburgh area. Yet until last weekend, I had never been to Beth El Congregation in the South Hills. I was delighted to meet Alex and his family the Thursday before his Bar Mitzvah service for photos, and then to return Saturday evening as Alex celebrated with his family and friends. This was a great night for kids and adults alike, with a photo booth, caricature artist, and entertainment by the always energetic team from Soundtastic Enterprises.

Rabbi Alex was so warm and welcoming, making me feel like this was my 12th time at Beth El and not my first! I’m already looking forward to returning again next month.

Here are a few favorites from Alex’s photo session and party. Mazel tov!

 

Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography Stained Glass
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography Stained Glass
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Many of the people in the next couple photos came all the way from Chile to celebrate with Alex! Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography Stained Glass
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography
Beth El Bar Mitzvah Photography

Mazel tov, Alex!

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08.29.2018

Ezra’s Bar Mitzvah – Congregation Beth Shalom / Pittsburgh Golf Club

Mazel tov to Ezra! This young man became a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Shalom this past weekend.  We met on Thursday for portraits with Ezra’s family: mom Tamara, dad Jay, and sisters Talia and Maayan. Saturday night, it was time to party with Ezra’s family and friends at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. And what a party it was! The fabulous Perfectly Planned by Shari had done a terrific job decorating the Golf Club with a soccer theme. DJ Jason and the crew of Soundtastic Entertainment kept adults and kids entertained, and Brad and Karen and the staff of the Pittsburgh Golf Club did a great job providing delicious food for all the guests.

Here are a few of my favorite photos. And, a special shout-out to the WOMEN who lifted Tamara’s chair during the hora. This was the first time I’ve seen women lifting the chair. Loved it!

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

 

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Congregation Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography Perfectly Planned by Shari

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography Perfectly Planned by Shari

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

This is Annabelle, who was Ezra’s family’s au pair, and traveled all way from Germany to celebrate!

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Pittsburgh Golf Club Bar Mitzvah Photography

Planner: Perfectly Planned by Shari

DJ/Entertainment: Jason, Soundtastic Entertainment

Florist: May Chester

Venue: Pittsburgh Golf Club

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