In its broadest sense, the Havdalah is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat (the Saturday Sabbath) and holidays. Â Some branches of Judaism also include the Havdalah as part of the Bar Mitzvah celebration. Itâ€™s a traditional and beautiful service that seems to be growing in popularity, especially for Bar Mitzvah families Â not wanting to do a morning service and an evening party.
Many families, not wanting to share the bema in the morning with another family, or those who are not closely associated with a temple, have been able to use their party location for the Havdalah service, much like we do for ceremonies in weddings.
A Bat Mitzvah we photographed recently for Jacqueline illustrates this beautifully.Â Our photographer captured the most important elements of this service: the teacher, the torah and the familyâ€™s emotions.Â Arlene Rosenthal of Party Ideas created a beautiful setting for the service and the party that followed.
Planner and DĂ©cor – Arlene Rosenthal at Party Ideas, Westport
DJ and Games – Hal Prince Music http://www.halprince.com/
Location – Shenorock Shore Club
Photographer- Jennifer DelCastillo for 5th Avenue Digital