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Thursday, February 25, 2021
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The Winter Bar/Bat Mitzvah: Tents and Tefillah

When a Jewish child comes of age, the show must go on, despite a pandemic or inclement weather. There’s a milestone birthday to acknowledge; for a boy there’s a parsha to lein. The big party of yesteryear is not yet on the agenda, but there are many beautiful ways to celebrate becoming a bar or bat

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Ways to Celebrate Your Jewish Birthday

In addition to the date of birth according to the “regular,” or secular, calendar, we each have a birthday that corresponds to the Hebrew calendar. Visit https://www.aish.com/jl/l/ms/47139952.html?s=nbto find out when your Hebrew birthday is.

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A New Idea for a Podcast Topic: Jewish Weddings

Podcasts are all the rage these days. Whether you’re cooking, running or driving, a good podcast is always the way to go. I’ve listened to podcasts for years, but I recently came across a new show that piqued my interest: the Jewish Wedding Podcast. I got a behind-the-scenes look at a thriving videography company,

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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