Raleigh Mitzvah Photographer | Joel's Music Themed Celebration

 The bar mitzvah boy poses in a pew for Rose Trail Images at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mitzvah traditions

In the Jewish community, to become bar or bat mitzvah means that you're a full fledged member of the Jewish Community. When you turn 13, it's a big milestone! At this point, you have all the rights and obligations as the adults in your community, including the commandments of the Torah. During your ceremony, you're expected to lead the congregation in prayer (in Hebrew, mind you), read and interpret parts of the Torah, give a speech about what you've learned from your teachings, as well as talk about the service project you've completed during all this... it's AMAZING the amount of work and dedication that's required! It only makes sense that after all that hard work, you get a party. A big party. A big party with all your family and friends!!

It's amazing and I'm so honored to have been a part of so many in the last couple of years!

joel's turn!

Joel became bar mitzvah on May 26th and it was PERFECT!!! The ceremony at Temple Beth Or was fabulous, as Joel did a wonderful job leading the congregation! His family was so proud and his TBO family surrounded him with so much love. It's always such a joy to witness! After the ceremony, the music-themed party got started over at Embassy Suites at Briar Creek in Raleigh.  Each table was named after one of Joel's favorite bands (although I was a bit partial to the Sublime table, not gonna lie) and all the kids wore backstage passes! There were hand-made t-shirts,  a guitar for everyone to sign instead of a guestbook, super fun photos at the ZimZoom Photo Booth, and the DJ, Brian of McSound Productions, kept all the kids (and adults!) dancing all afternoon! It was SUCH a fun party, and everyone was having a blast!!! 

Mazel Tov to Joel, and his family Lisa, Chris, and Ben!!! Much love and hugs to you all!

 Details of the mitzvah celebration at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina, such as the ark, kippah, challah bread, and music-themed socks, images by Rose Trail Images.
 The bar mitzvah boy poses with his brother for Rose Trail Images in front of the ark at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 The bar mitzvah boy poses with his family for Rose Trail Images in front of the ark at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 The bar mitzvah boy poses with his dad and brother for Rose Trail Images at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 The bar mitzvah boy poses with his parents in front of the ark for Rose Trail Images at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 The bar mitzvah boy poses with his grandparents for Rose Trail Images at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 The bar mitzvah boy poses with the Torah for Rose Trail Images at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 Family poses for Rose Trail Images by the pews, and Rabbi Citrin plays the guitar, before the mitzvah ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 The bar mitzvah boy and his family walk down the stairs before his ceremony at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Details of Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, include ballons with his initials and a music note entryway, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Details of Joel's mitzvah celebration party include tickets as invitations, backstage passes for table settings, and signing a guitar instead of a guest book, at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Details of Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina include musical table settings with balloons and homemade t-shirts in a blue and gold color, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Joel and his Grandfather gave the blessing before the dinner at his mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina included a candle lighting ceremony with friends and family, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the guests enjoyed games and photos at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 Family and friends posed for Rose Trail Images at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 Joel and his family were raised in the chair for Hava Nagila at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the family and friends at Joel's mitzvah celebration party danced the Hava Nagila at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the guests and family posed for photos at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the guests enjoyed dancing and posing for pictures at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the guests danced all afternoon at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the mitzvah moms danced and posed at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 All the family really enjoyed dancing together at Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.
 The parents of the Mitzvah boy kissed during Joel's mitzvah celebration party at Embassy Suites in Raleigh, North Carolina, images by Rose Trail Images.

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