Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Simcha Link

Jewish Music Performers Try to Hold On Until Spring

Dov Katz is on the phone constantly with couples calling to book his bands, Krohma Music, OnKore and Sozo Live, for spring and summer weddings. “I think spring and summer will be crazy,” he said. “Couples who got engaged in September, or are getting engaged now, are waiting until they can go back outside.


Meal Trains: Next Stop, Being a Ba’al(at) Chesed

I recently gave birth (yay!) during an unprecedented pandemic (boo!). Despite the craziness of giving birth, having a kid in and out of quarantine, and not having any family fly in because of travel restrictions, I still felt love and support from the people in my family and community. This came from some in the form of well wishes and


Bonei Olam Launches Simchat Olam for Parents to Share the Joy of Birth With Free Personalized Cards

This month, Bonei Olam has launched a new initiative that will give parents a digital way to announce their simchas with friends and family. Called Simchat Olam with a website at simchatolam.org, any person in the world can now easily announce the birth of a new child or share details about a bris or baby naming to any recipients


Binyomin Ginzberg, Bergenfield Musician, ‘Wrote the Book’ on the Mitsve Tants

Bergenfield-based musician Binyomin Ginzberg has been fascinated by the chasidish wedding custom known as the Mitsve Tants since childhood, when he attended the weddings of many chasidish relatives with hours-long Mitsve Tantsen. Over the years, he has spent many hours learning the music and playing the


Warm Up To a Winter Simcha

Must simchas take a time out from December to March? No, says event planner Rena Soclof. Barring a storm or below-freezing temps, there are ways to make winter events safe, comfortable and warm. Flexibility is paramount.

Tents have the starring role in pandemic simchas, providing cover and


Bat Mitzvah Plus at Congregation Ahavath Torah Focuses on Jewish Learning and Life

The Bat Mitzvah Plus program at Congregation Ahavath Torah will begin its sixth season next week. Freidi Hyman, program director, said the curriculum she has created over the years for the seven sessions blends learning, discussion and hands-on activities. While some of the logistics will have to be


JWed.com Surpasses 3,500 Married, Averaging Eight Marriages a Month

(Courtesy of www.JWed.com) JWed.com (formerly Frumster.com) recently passed the celebratory milestone of 3,500 members married.

Despite the months of COVID-19, membership has actually grown. As co-founder and chief marketing officer


Yakira Bella Events Plans One-of-a-Kind Weddings

With her background in fashion and interior design, Emily Gerszberg, the founder of Yakira Bella women’s clothing in Teaneck, Cedarhurst and Brooklyn, knows how to create environments with personality and breathtaking beauty. So when her brother-in-law was getting married, it was a given that she would


The Rockleigh Reinvents Outdoor Weddings

The Rockleigh is back to making beautiful weddings. After lockdown this spring—prime wedding season—this event venue in Rockleigh, New Jersey, created a new arrangement with outdoor tents connected to the building amidst the facility’s lush gardens and fountains. Although the tents are separate,


'Stage the Engage' Is There for Couples’ Special Moments

(Courtesy of Stage the Engage) An engagement proposal is one of the most talked about events in any couple’s history, but how could it be that no one is there to help organize it? Pinterest, YouTube and other social media forums have been the only sources for ideas that anyone looking to get engaged could rely on—until


Zoomchas: How to Have a Simcha on Zoom

(Reprinted courtesy of Aish HaTorah)

The word “simcha,” which is used to describe celebrations, actually means happiness. But happiness is hard when you show up to your grandparents’ house and they yell at you to stay away so you don’t kill them. It’s hard to celebrate a bat mitzvah


The Challenges and Joys of Planning a COVID-Era Wedding

Little did I know at the time the engagement was announced that our happy news would lead not to a brisk stroll through our checklist but to a disorienting dash through an unexpected obstacle course.

When my daughter and her fiancé announced their engagement