Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ

If you thought Joseph’s Bar Mitzvah party for his friends was amazing (I sure did!), wait until you see the incredibly beautiful event that was for his family! Hosted at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix Arizona on Pesach, this event was the peak of rustic elegance. Put together by the incredible Lizzie Parker of Leave it to L party planning, together with Joseph’s parents, Blimi and Benjy, there was not a detail that was overlooked. From the decor to the flowers to the music and the food, everything was breathtaking.  The photos will certainly do more justice to it than my words can, and every time I look at them I am brought back to the bright, summery setup and decor that truly made everyone present smile. When you see the centerpieces and flowers by Louis Konstantinos of Konstantinos Floral Design, it will definitely take your breath away, combined with the incredible food by Danziger Kosher Caterers, this event was perfection.

There are so many moments from that day that call back to me.  Anyone who has been present for the singing of Hallel on a holiday knows that it can be a very special thing to listen to and be a part of.  When that Hallel is sung by a cantor, along with a five piece band, it will take your breath away. Listening to that, while watching Joseph interact with his father and grandfather, were some of the moments I will not soon forget.  To see three generations forming and nurturing such special bonds with each other is a true privilege.

If these photos don’t make you want to run outside and breathe in the air of Summer that has finally arrived, I don’t know what will!

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitvah Part 2 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

The Bar Mitzvah Team:

Venue: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ
Planner: Lizzie Parker of Leave it to L
Flowers: Louis Konstantinos of Konstantinos Floral Design
Food: Danziger Kosher Caterers
Cantor: Meyer Abittan
Music: Brad Schachter at Nefesh Music
Video: Timeline Cinema

 

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY

Family is everything.  That is something that I feel constantly; no matter what happens, where you go, how you change, family is the one constant in your life.  Joseph had his loving family around him all day celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, and I could tell that he appreciated each and every one of them.

Joseph’s Bar Mitzvah was packed with endless entertainment for everyone, from video game consoles to basketball hoops, a dry ice bar, breakdancers, arcade games, races run by motivators, and artists ‘tattooing’ with UV reactive paint that glowed when the lights went out! Everywhere you turned, there was something else to do and see, and another group of people laughing and having an amazing time.  The production and entertainment was, as the kids say, on fleek! The DJ and motivators had everyone on their feet the entire night, and got everyone involved. I loved it when the lights went off and the glow sticks (and glowing ‘tattoos’!) lit up! I always enjoy the challenge of working with the neon and glowing light, and coming up with creative ways to capture it all.

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family

Joseph’s sister, Alexandra, flew home from her gap year in Israel to be a part of Joseph’s special day.  With a broken foot, Alexandra was very limited for portraits, even though she really wanted to be a part of them.  Benjy, also known here as Super Dad, carried Alexandra wherever we were taking photos so she wouldn’t feel left out. How amazing is that?

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, couple, family
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, portraits, family

Joseph’s grandparents had passed away and were not able to physically be a part of this momentous day.  There is no doubt, though, that they were there in spirit. Joseph and the family wanted them to be a part of this big part of his life, and I am certain they were.

Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends
Joseph Berger's Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, party, dancing, family, friends

The Team

Event Planner: Piece of Cake NYC
Venue: Young Israel of New Rochelle
Catering: Carlos and Gabbys
Production and Entertainment: ESP Productions