Jesse and the Persily’s Return to B’nai Tikvah

Jesse and his friendsThe Persily family came back to Congregation B’nai Tikvah to celebrate Jesse’s Bar Mitzvah.  Evan, Rob and the staff of Classical Caterers made sure that the encore was as exceptional as the premier when Jacob celebrated his special event.

There are a lot of  families over the years who you never forget.  The Persily’s are one of them.  Robyn and Mark definitely have a special place in my heart.  They are gracious hosts, awesome parents and just solid people.

Robyn and MarkJesse and the Persily crew brought all their family, friends and positive energy back for another fun and memorable evening.  Everybody from 92-year-old uncle George to Jesse’s little sister, Chloe, who looked like a princess, danced the  night away.

marcello-picture1As always , the Monday before the Bar Mitzvah, I went to the guest of honor’s house for the VIP party.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone, find out what the kids have seen at other bar and bat mitzvahs recently, and to review some of the interactive dances that we’ll be doing at the event. Jesse invited 11 of his friends over: Daniel, Seth, Noah, Sydney, Sammy, Taylor, Aneesa, Julianna, Jen, Andrew and Corey.  We created a list of their favorite songs, went over dances like the Apache and practiced singing Don’t Stop Believing. We had a blast!

Taylor sings the Mother Son Dance- The Climb.  Speaking of singing, one of the evening’s highlights was the mother-son dance.  During the VIP party, I found out that Jesse’s good friend, Taylor, was a very talented singer.  I already knew from previewing the Persily’s photo montage that Robyn liked the song, The Climb by Miley Cyrus. After some discussion on how to make Jesse’s Bar Mitzvah even more fun, unique and memorable, everyone agreed and we found a great instrumental version for Taylor to practice to for the rest of the week.  When it came time for Robyn and Jesse to dance, Taylor took the mic, sang her heart out and nailed it. Simon and the Amercian Idol judges would have agreed.

Marcello and Jacob

It was like deja vu all over again. The guests enjoyed both the current and retro music programming, the custom visuals and instant candid photos on the plasmas and our live percussionist.  Evan and Rob from Classical helped us provide another seamless evening of premier  hospitality and entertainment with elegance.

Special thanks to Jacob, who was a huge help to everyone.  You could tell he was an experienced Bar Mitzvah guest of honor by the way he assisted me before, during and after the event.  I wish he was 18 already so he could join our production team.  🙂

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Jacob: On Top of the World

Opening Dance SetJacob’s Bar Mitzvah was held at Temple B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

He was probably the most organized Bar Mitzvah boy I ever worked with.

Jacob and TaraJacob knew exactly what he wanted with regards to the lighting, production agenda and music programming. In the end, he got just what he’d hoped for… an awesome party!

As you can see from the photos, Jacob is quite the dancer. He’s also very smart; he made sure to choose Tami and Tara from the MMP Entertainment team when it was time for the Swing Dance Competition.

Mom and Dad enjoying the celebrationRueben, our percussionist, was having a blast as well especially during the drum solo of Zoot Suit Riot.

Jacob’s mom and dad were also shakin’ their groove thing to some of their favorite classic disco hits.

grand-entrance-large4The highlight of the night was  during the Grand Entrance. Every time I see the photo, I think of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie, Titanic, when he screams out, “I’m The King of the World!!”

Special thanks to Evan and John from Classical Caterers for their hospitality and professionalism.

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CandlelightingEverybody was having fun.Jacob and Tami

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