Lean on Me: A Glee Finale at the Knoll Country Club For Julia

While doing her brother Josh’s Bar Mitzvah 2 years ago and seeing how much fun his little sister was having, I just knew Julia’s Bat Mitzvah was going to be filled with plenty of memorable moments.  This time around, the Kirschenbaum’s moved their location from the Mountain Lakes Club to the Knoll Country Club in Parsippany.  Instead of a gorgeous view of the lake, they had a gorgeous view of the golf course.  (I love win-win situations)

Like her brother, Julia has a very bubbly personality, is very bright, and isn’t shy when it’s time to dance.  When I did the V.I.P meet & Greet Dance Party at the Kirschenbaum home one week before the Bat Mitzvah (part of the Signature Simcha Service that MMP offers exclusively), Julia and her best friends Sidney, Brooke, Alexa, and Erica all showed the same enthusiasm as well.  We practiced everything from the Cotton Eyed Joe Remix to the Down Dance to The Apache.

At the reception, one of my favorite moments was the Face The Cookie competition from Minute To Win It.   This interactive has by far been the most fun to play and the most entertaining to watch when we recently polled our clients.    The most sentimental moment was the parent’s toasts.   Just when I thought they couldn’t top the toasts they gave to Josh, Wendy and Abram delivered in fine-fashion once again.  Eloquent and heartfelt.   

For Josh, who is a big Beatles fan, we played Hey Jude for his event finale song in which all of his friends and family gathered in a circle to sing a long to give him the proper send-off.  For Julia, we went with Lean On Me, which was remade by the cast of the hugely popular T.V show Glee. It was perfect because all of the kids who watch the show knew the words and all of the adults who grew up listening to the original by Bill Withers sang their hearts outs also!

Best wishes to Julia, Josh, Wendy and Abram.   -mp

Special thanks to Milan from Milan Photography for sharing his photos for this article.  It’s always a pleasure working together.   Check out Milan’s work in the delicious Sweet Utopia book and blog.  -mp

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Josh’s Tribute to the Beatles at the Mountain Lakes Club

Mountain Lakes ClubThe stars aligned for Josh’s Bar Mitzvah.  There was a beautiful venue, an all-star team of industry professionals, a gracious host family and an awesome guest of honor.

Josh is a big fan of the Beatles. He had the unique idea of doing a personalized candlelighting by choosing an appropriate Beatles track to honor his friends and family when they came up to light their candle.  All of the guests loved it!

As you can see from the video, Josh loves to dance and is full of positive energy.  If I could bottle up Josh and pour some out at every event that we do, I would. He and his adorable  little sister, Julia, are apples that don’t fall far from the tree.  Their parents, Wendy and Abram, know how to not only be the perfect hosts, but how to enjoy their event as much as their guests.

Josh’s simcha wrapped up with one of the best Beatles songs ever, Hey Jude.  Everyone had their arms around each other in a circle and sang their hearts out, especially during the Na, Na, Na’s at the end.   It was another… “I’ve got the best job in the world” moment.  🙂

The Kirschenbaum’s chose the Mountain Lakes Club for Josh’s event.  In addition to the gorgeous lakefront view, this venue boast’s one of the best Special Event Directors in the business, Pam Bayvel.  Pam and I have produced several Bar and Bat Mitzvahs over the years, she understands the importance of hospitality, timing and an overall collaborative effort.

The Kirchenbaum’s chose our friends at D-Vision to handle the videography services.  Bonnie, Mike and Rich make an excellent multimedia team and never miss a special moment of the celebration. They provided the Vimeo highlight reel for this entry.

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