Elan’s Bar Mitzvah: 25-29 Oct, 2017 Photographed by Ben Right from the get go I could tell this was not going to be your average 3 day family photo shoot.  With an off the wall father, fantastic bar mitzvah boy, amazing brother and sister, and a mom that holds the entire thing together, the Goldberg’s could really have a TV show to call their own.  The 3 day shoot included the rehearsal and ceremony at Temple Sinai, and party with the Magen Boys at the infamous E-Zone.  By the end of it all, I felt like I was part of the family.  I must admit, it felt a little weird that I wasn’t going to be seeing them again the next day.  High energy from day one till the end; laughs, smiles and good times had by all.  Thanks for letting me be part of the family, if only for 3 days.    The Story of Elan’s Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE   •Cake: Cakes by Robert •Clothing (Mitzvah): Ed‘s Fine Imports •Shoes (Mitzvah): Browns •Clothing (Mom): The Bay •Clothing (Dad): Ed’s Fine Imports •DJ Entertainment: Magen Boys •Invitations: Zazzle.ca •Photographer: Ben Gaum •Specialty Food: Desserts by Sonny Langers   •Venue: Temple Sinai and EZone •Caterer: […]
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    Seth’s Bar Mitzvah: Oct 26, 2017 Sometimes a clients attention to detail can be tricky when photographing an event, however in this case, Seth’s mom was an absolute artist and a pleasure to work with.  The entire family was cool, laid back, and up for any combination of photos I wanted to try.  Rehearsal and ceremony were officiated by the wonderful Rabbi Yossi Sapirman, at the Beth Torah which has quickly risen to the top of my list of amazing places to shoot.  Its a fantastic venue with beautiful lighting and even better people to work with.  The post-ceremony luncheon was adorned with amazing details and one of the most spectacular buffets I have ever photographed, eventually enjoyed by all.  Thanks for having me join the party.   The Story of the Bar Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE   •Makeup: Felicia McCabe •Hair: Melba at Jalouse Hair    •Photographer: Ben Gaum     •Specialty Food: Barista – Eventful      •Venue: Beth Torah •Caterer: Ta’am Tov Catering •Rabbi: Yossi Sapirman •Music: Charlie Finlay Jazz Trio
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    Gabe’s Bar Mitzvah: Oct 21, 2017 Photographed by Ben It wasn’t until I saw the grandfather of the Bar Mitzvah boy sit down at the piano to rehearse just before the ceremony that I realized this family had been life long friends with my family growing up.  I had already had such a fantastic time with them during the rehearsal shoot that the family connection made the night that much more fun.  The party took place at the Faculty Club at U of T.  It’s a venue I had never photographed at before but the room impressed me as I walked through the front door.  The old school feel of the space ended up being a perfect match for the new school energy of the party goers.  A fantastic time was had by all as everybody partied into the night with huge smiles on their faces.  So much fun!!!   The Story of the Bar Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE    
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    Adam’s Bar Mitzvah: October 7 & 8, 2017 Adam’s Bar Mitzvah took place at the stunning Maple Downs Country Club in Richmond Hill. The rehearsal the day before was beautiful and the ceremony on the Sunday even more spectacular. You can’t go wrong photographing at this venue; green everywhere in early October. I’ve known Adam’s parents for 20 years and it was great to reconnect with them. Sunday started with Adam and me walking around the club, photographing and having fun, before we eventually met up with the family and headed into the ceremony; Adam was fantastic, enough said.  The tennis themed lunch was delicious, the amazing Kenny Munshaw holding down the musical end, and everything tied together beautifully by Karen Garscadden from Karen G Events.  So good to see you guys after so many years, definitely looking forward to the next one.   The Story of Adam’s Bar Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE   Event planner – Karen G Events Adams outfit and shoes – North Boys Music (piano) – Kenny Munshaw Decor – Brittany from Decor and More Cake – Baked with Joy  Venue – Maple Downs Golf Club  Photographer – Jonni Super
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    Braden & Alexa Pre-Mitzvah Fun: Oct 13, 2017 So off I go walking with my friend and his family, both kids will be having their b’nai mitzvah next year. We head down to Graffiti Alley in Toronto for a couple of hours and just had fun. Nothing more to say except that I’m totally psyched for the celebration and party next year, it will be FUNtastic. See you guys soon.   Our Walk Through Graffiti Alley HERE All the Photos are HERE
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    Adam’s Bar Mitzvah: Oct 7, 2017 I photographed Adam at the Maple Downs Golf & Country Club on the morning of his bar mitzvah. It was a beautiful day and of course the surroundings lends itself to photography. Adam is a lovely young man, carries himself well and is so polite. The ceremony was officiated by Erin Polansky of the Neshama Congregation who always delivers an inclusive and warm ceremony. This was a lovely day to spend with the family, thanks for including me.   The Story of Adam’s Bar Mitzvah is HERE All the Photos are HERE  
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    Nikki & Daniel’s Wedding: Oct 1, 2017 So if you’ve never been to a Cowboy Wedding, you have to put it on your bucket list.  This one was a blast down to the mechanical bull… but more about that later, let’s go back to the beginning.  The morning started out just like any other wedding morning, Ben and I headed off to the elegant Richmond Hill Country Club to meet up with Nikki who was enjoying a hair and make-up indulgence.  I photographed the general revelry and then headed off to photograph Daniel where things were way more chilled… like the whiskey. We all met up for a ‘reveal’ outside said Country Club, and headed in for a special ceremony officiated by the lovely Rabbi Erin Polansky.  The whole day came together so nicely by event planner extraordinaire, Angela Zaltsman, A to Z Event Management. A delicious brunch ensued followed by some wonderful photos down by the bridge. Fast forward through the afternoon, and we’re now at the Rock ‘n Horse for the above-mentioned ‘cowboy wedding’. This extravaganza included barstools with saddles, cowboy hats, and the obligatory mechanical bull. One can only sum up the evening as…yea-ha!!!  Ben, Mitch, and I had a blast, thanks for having us saddle up with y’all.   The […]
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    Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah: Oct 14, 2017 Ethan’s bar mitzvah was the second time I’ve visited my photography upon this family. They are a wonderful couple with two amazing kids and I am very happy and fortunate to have photographed this event. Ethan looked pretty sharp at the rehearsal, and even more so at the party.  He has fully come into adulthood since the last we met. The night was spectacular, with Bounce Entertainment pulling out all the stops… and I loved the GoPro chest harness from the get-go.  Thanks for having me out guys.   The Story of The Bar Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE   Cake: Mom’s Inspired Creations  Clothing (Mitzvah): Suit from Moore’s, shirt and tie from North Boys Shoes (Mitzvah): Clark’s Clothing (Mom): Evening dress- Adrianna Pappel, service dress- Calvin Klein Clothing (Dad): Custom Suit from Vietnam Decor: Jenn DJ Entertainment: Bounce Entertainment Invitations: Tiny Prints Makeup: Orly Waldman  Hair: Teresa Bonavota Party Planner: Jenn Photographer: Jonni Super  Venue: Presidente Banquet Hall  Rabbi: Corey Weiss
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    Cole’s Bar Mitzvah: Oct 7, 2017 Cole’s Bar Mitzvah rehearsal and luncheon was a joy and a celebration. I took care of the rehearsal while Ben took care of the Saturday party. I love the synagogue, Temple Sinai. Bright and colourful inside, and the garden outside just lends itself to beautiful outdoor photography right in the middle of Toronto. These two brothers were all jokes and smiles, just enjoying the day and letting loose. I had a great time with you guys, thanks for having us photograph y’all.   The Story of the Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE   •Florist: Fairlawn Market •Makeup: Candice Torch •Photographer: Jonni Super & Ben Gaum •Venue: Temple Sinai •Caterer: Sonny Langer •Rabbi: Michael Dolgin
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    Zale’s Bar Mitzvah: Oct 7, 2017 Photographed by Ben I knew them way back in the day….when they were just Berg/Berk in high-school.  Now they’re Berg/Berk with a beautiful, energetic family.  Its always such a blessing photographing an event for people you’ve known for a long time.  I had such a great time getting to know their kids and families and seeing old friends from back in the day.  Thanks for letting me be a part of the celebration.   The Story of the Mitzvah HERE All the Photos HERE   •Cake: Smash Cake by Chocolate Charm •Clothing (Mitzvah): North Boys      •Shoes (Mitzvah): North Boys      •Clothing (Mom): Want Boutique      •Clothing (Dad): Suit and Shirt Made by Club 10 Tailors      •Decor: TWSS Balloons – Jacqui Cohen       •Invitations:  zazzle.com – Sam made them!        •Makeup: Candice Torch      •Hair: Candice Torch      •Party Planner: Cate at Ezone     •Photographer: Ben Gaum       •Specialty Food: Double Chocolate Fountain (Desserts), Zuchter Berk Kosher Caterers         •Venue: Ezone and Beth Sholom     •Caterer: Uptown Gourmet Catering      •Rabbi: Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich and Cantor Eric Moses   
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    Mara & Josh’s Wedding: Sept 9, 2017 – Camp Arowhon Algonquin Park This was one of my favourite weekends of the wedding season, spent at Camp Arowhon with Mara and Josh as it was their…. WEDDING!!!   Mara and Josh make a wonderful couple and this wedding really brought that to the fore.   Everyone stayed over in their own log cabin, and made it seem like we were all back at camp again, just like in our teenage years. Canoes were a-paddlin’,  climbing ropes a-hanging, you could go anywhere and do anything, unlike actual summer camp :-). The place looked fantastic, all decked out for a celebration to end all celebrations. The morning started with me wandering around camp and photographing whomever and whatever. I made my way to Mara getting dressed and then over to Josh. We had a special reveal on the dock and then crept a way to get some private photos before taking portraits with the family.  Finally on to the ceremony… yes, the ceremony. Quite an entrance was made by both parties, one aquatic and the other equine, just your typical entrance, y’know.  The party rocked like no other, this band blew the roof off the camp main lodge. The party went into the wee […]
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    Eli’s Bar Mitzvah Rehearsal: Oct 3, 2017 I really enjoyed time with his family, this is the second of two delightful young boys that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, it was the day of Eli’s rehearsal at the beautiful Adath Israel.  I bumped into these boys during the year at other mitzvahs, but it was nice to finally have them in front of the camera all to myself. I’m sure the Saturday morning was fantastic, good job Eli.   The story of the day HERE All photos HERE
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    Jared’s Bar Mitzvah: Sept 5 & 10, 2017 Jonni: I photographed Jared’s bar mitzvah rehearsal  at the wonderful Beth Torah synagogue. I love shooting here during the day, the light is fantastic and the room is warm. These guys were all about jubilant displays of affection with no holds barred. We finished up at the synagogue and then went to the park to wrap it up. I was done and Ben took over to photograph the luncheon. Ben: I love these types of celebrations!  Instead of a big party, they decided to have their closest family and loved ones over for a beautiful catered brunch at their home for the afternoon.  The totally relaxed, unscripted and mutual love for everyone in the room is always such a pleasure to photograph.   The Story of the Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE
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    Coby’s Bar Mitzvah: September 7, 2017 Photographed by Ben Well its been a long time coming!  I was there to see Coby born and was honoured to be there to see him become a man under Jewish law.  He did an absolutely incredible job that made me well up with pride (from behind the lens).  What an amazing experience to shoot an event for one of your closest friends.  Can’t wait for the next one.  Thanks for having me out, guys.   The Story of the Day HERE All Photos are HERE
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    Jonah & Jordyn’s B’nei Mitzvah: Sept 9, 2017 Photographed by Jonni & Ben This was a fantastic rehearsal photo session, these kids were both stylin’ and chill at the Temple Sinai Synagogue. We had some family fun photos against the beautiful rock backdrop, and then went into the sanctuary for some mitzvah photos against the stained glass. I was done and Ben photographed the Saturday luncheon…. …What no doubt started as a very very long drive for this jewish family from Timmins, Ontario, culminated in a beautiful and elegant b’nei mitzvah.  The love this brother and sister combo had for each other as well as the rest of the family was evident from the first picture.  A great time was had by all, thanks for having us out.   The Story of this B’nei Mitzvah HERE All Photos HERE   •Cake: Grodzinski Bakery    •Decor: TWSS Balloons •DJ Entertainment: Fern Lindzon    •Photographer: Jonni Super & Ben Gaum •Venue: Temple Sinai •Caterer: L’Eat Catering
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    Chiara’s Bat Mitzvah: Sept 9, 2017 Photographer: Ben Chiara looked stunning right from the start.  Our photoshoot in Alexander Muir Park was special, it’s such a wonderful place to shoot.  The whole family was in fine spirits before the main event.  This group really knows how to throw a party, and they sure did. The Uptown Loft is always warm and inviting, and as usual the Magen Boys raised the roof. I could tell it would be pure energy right from the start.  The family did not disappoint as they partied long into the night.  You know when the parents are dancing harder than the kids….its going to be a fun evening… and it was.   The Story of Chiara’s Bat Mitzvah HERE All the Photos HERE   •Clothing (Mitzvah): Little Ones      •Decor: Smash Event Designs •DJ Entertainment: The Magen Boys    •Invitations: Cathy Vogel •Makeup: Kirsch Cosmetics •Hair: Dani Hair Studio •Party Planner: Sarah from the Uptown Loft •Photographer: Ben Gaum     •Venue: The Uptown Loft •Caterer: The Uptown Loft
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    Nikki & Daniel Engagement Session: Sept 13, 2017 I met these guys in Cedarvale Park to get some pre-wedding shots, the wedding is in about a week we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get to know each other. It was such a nice day in the park, with the puppy in full flight; a whole new world. The leaves had not yet changed but that’s OK, things were still green from the summer. This will be a fun wedding next week, really looking forward to it.   Make sure the cowboy hats show themselves. Jonni   Selected Photos HERE All Photos HERE    
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    Cody’s Bar Mitzvah: Sept 7, 2017 I always enjoy photographing at Beth Torah and this morning was no exception. Shooting inside the sanctuary during the day is always a pleasure, warm light streaming in through the windows creates a glow like no other.  Cody was great; outgoing and dignified.  He recited his portion eloquently and with enthusiasm. There seemed to be no shortage of the same enthusiasm from his group of friends in the back row, enthusiastically throwing candy at the appropriate time… with much enthusiasm 😉  What followed was a delicious luncheon and heartfelt speeches from all. This is a great way to spend the morning, thanks for having me bear witness to the celebration.   The story of the day HERE All photos HERE   •Clothing (Mitzvah): RALPH LAUREN •Shoes (Mitzvah): GOEX •Clothing (Mom): GRETA CONSTANTINE  •Decor: BEE AND BEE DESIGN •Florist: JONG YONG FLOWERS •Invitations: VOGUE INK   •Makeup: ALICIA NICOLE  •Party Planner: ALYSSA DOUGLAS •Photographer: JONNI SUPER      •Transportation: DIAL A LIMO •Venue: BETH TORAH •Caterer: LEVY’S KOSHER CATERING •Rabbi: YOSSI SAPPIRMAN    
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    Marisa & Jeff’s Wedding: August 27, 2017  This wedding was beautiful, Marisa look stunning in her wedding dress and Jeff’s cobalt blue suit was striking. With a twinkle in her eye, Marisa’s reveal to Jeff outside Beth Torah Synagogue was truly special. We headed off to a park to get away from the masses and to shoot some outdoor photos, time well appreciated away from the craziness that was to come. Heartfelt speeches, warm regards, delicious food, and good music ensued. You guys are the best, congratulations.   The story of the day HERE All photos HERE   Photographers: Jonni and Ben Ceremony & Reception Venue: Congregation Beth Torah, North York  Hair Stylist: Toronto Beauty Group  Makeup Artist: Jessica and Amber from Toronto Beauty Group Floral Design: Florence Event Design Piano: Peter Kadar Caterer: Ace Kosher      
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    Serena & Andrey’s Wedding: August 18, 2017 This was one fantastic celebration at an amazing venue, Casa Loma. Ben and I started photographing in the morning, Serena and Andrey getting dressed and preparing for the day at the Adelaide Hotel in downtown Toronto. We then left downtown and headed to ‘the reveal’ which took place in the lush green gardens of Casa Loma. There were some tears, but that’s expected. The ceremony was rousing and exuberant. I like this minister, he had everyone on their feet clapping and yelling before the couple marched the aisle. After the celebration, the traditional tea ceremony capped off the pleasantries of the evening before a delicious dinner, heart felt speeches, and on to some crazy party action.  This was a fantastic start to the weekend, and an amazing party. Thank you for having us photograph and celebrate with you guys.   The story of the day HERE All photos HERE   Photographers: Jonni Super & Ben Gaum Videographers: LocoChico Productions Pre-wedding Photo Venue: Village Square & Rayhoon Persian Eatery (Burlington, Ontario) Ceremony Venue: The Conservatory, Casa Loma (Toronto, Ontario) Reception Venue: The Library, Casa Loma (Toronto, Ontario) Her Rings:  Tiffany & Co.  His Ring: Tiffany & Co.  Her […]
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    Sager Family Photoshoot: August 31, 2017 I came into town Thursday from up north to photograph the family of a friend for an almost-100th birthday bash.  Nice to see these guys again.   Photos HERE  
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    Nicole’s Post-Mitzvah Family Shoot: Aug 26, 2017 So finally many weeks after the spectacular bat mitzvah, we got together again to take some casual photos at the family home. A beautiful day spent with a lovely South African family north of Toronto.   All Photos HERE The story of the day HERE
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    Max’s Bar Mitzvah: August 21, 2017 Well this was a lovely way to spend a Monday morning. I met Max and his parents at the Kehila Centre for a truly special Bar Mitzvah. We met early in the morning, managed to get some fantastic pictures in the garden before things got crazy… mitzvah style. Inside, the gorgeous chapel at synagogue was the perfect backdrop for this celebration. I love photographing here, so bright and spacious. Max did a great job reading from the Torah and performing just as he should.  A delicious lunch and lively hora followed.  I really love this family, so warm and giving, totally evident by what their guests and friends had to say about them. My only regret, I may not get to see them until Max’s wedding… quite a few years away. 😉   The Story of the Day HERE All photos HERE       
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    Jonah’s Bar Mitzvah: August 7, 2017 Jonah’s bar mitzvah morning started out beautifully. The family has a wonderful little roundabout near the home which was the perfect backdrop for photos. We caught the best morning light, and then it was off to the Beth Emeth Synagogue for a quick rehearsal followed by the ceremony. Jonah was fantastic; read his portion beautifully and played the part just like the young adult he has become. Brunch was delicious and plentiful, and the dancing was boisterous and lively, all thanks to an amazing one-man-band. This was also the first time I saw someone balance a chair on the chin while dancing.  Thanks for having me photograph you all, it was a pleasure. Looking forward to the next one.   The story of the day HERE All Photos HERE    
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    Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah: June 25, 2017 This was my last mitzvah of the season before summer camp and wedding season, and it was the perfect way to end the year. From the first photograph of the night so the last limbo, there was nothing too crazy or too wild which would not be tried. Nicole was amazing, spoke beautifully and carried the night with such grace. We took fantastic pictures outside before the party but she was just too anxious to see her friends so we cut it short, but who would’ve thought halfway through the evening, the fire alarm went off and we were all outside again. Hasn’t happened to me before but it made for a wonderful opportunity for Bounce Entertainment to bring out their two drummers and entertain the crowd as the sun set. Stunning! Fire alarm over, it was back inside to finish off the night in style.  This is such a warm South African family, (being South African myself, I feel I’m an authority and my opinion is valid), and these guys really hit a home run.  An wonderful party for an amazing young woman.   The story of the day HERE All Photos HERE    
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    Sarah & Abby B’not Mitzvah: June 24, 2017 These twin sisters were such a delight, they totally made my week and my weekend. Along with the younger brother Jack, who is totally adorable, we had a great time at the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens.  An outdoor photo-shoot for the family, then into the Habonim Synagogue for some Torah pictures, and finally wrapped it up on Saturday night for a party room gathering extraordinaire; this wasn’t just any condo party room, this place was amazing. The girls were great, I had a fun time behind the camera while they had an equally good time out front. Laughing, smiling, and giggling was definitely the order of the day.   The story of the day HERE All photos HERE    
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    Jack’s Bar Mitzvah: June 25, 2017 I met Jack and his family for a wonderful rehearsal and ceremony/lunch at Beth Tzedec Synagogue on Bathurst. So much fun, this is a lovely bunch. We met many months ago to discuss the events and things turned out fabulously.    Jack and his sister Kayla are delightful; joking, playing and generally carrying on like a pair of best friends. Jack is pretty smooth and dare I say tall for a 13-year-old… I’ve never met anyone with size 16 shoes.  I love photographing in the synagogue, it is so bright and offers so much in the way of interesting angles and perspectives. Love the silhouettes here that present themselves waiting to be captured. This was no exception and it did not disappoint. As usual, Beth Tzedec offers up a delicious brunch and the DJ on site, Phoenix, was remarkably good. Thanks guys, I hope you love the photos as I do.     The Story of the Day HERE All Photos HERE    
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    Ayla’s Bat Mitzvah: June 18, 2017 This is one laid-back South African family that I was very happy to photograph (being South African myself) at The Warehouse a few weeks back. Very chilled and not at all flustered, these beautiful sisters, and there are four of them, stole the show. Bat mitzvah girl was dashing and elegant in her evening dress. It was so nice to hear the speeches that show the importance of family and everyone getting along so well together. I’m sure this is one fun Friday night around the dinner table. Magen Boys once again, raised the roof, with a special appearance of the Chief Magen himself, and these kids did party well into the night.  Loved the drummer, very cool… and the limbo was the lowest I’ve ever seen at a party, and I’ve seen quite a few.  Thanks for the great night.   All Photos HERE The Story of the Day HERE   •Audio-Visual: Magen Boys •Clothing (Mitzvah): K. Barketti ( Ayla) •Shoes (Mitzvah): Le Chateau •Clothing (Mom): The Bay   •Decor: Smash •DJ Entertainment: Magen Boys •Invitations: Zazzle   •Makeup: Estee Lauder   •Party Planner: Marsha Baker •Photographer: Jonni Super •Venue: Warehouse •Caterer: Modern Kosher ( MoKo)
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    Satori’s Bat Mitzvah: May 13, 2017 I was a guest at Satori’s Bat Mitzvah and took my camera along as usual. Snapped a few pix during the ceremony from my seat and a few more of Satori and the family afterwards.   Photos HERE
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    Josh’s Bar Mitzvah: June 11, 2017 Josh’s bar mitzvah rehearsal and party was a fun and spirited two day event. We have the rehearsal on Sunday, and two weeks later we had the ceremony and party. The bar mitzvah ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Yossi Sapirman at Beth Torah, a truly inclusive and inviting service which left everyone in such good spirits. The party then move to the DANI Centre on Bathurst where Bounce Entertainment was ready to take everything to a higher level. Josh was great, the rehearsal was a fun time for everyone; much excitement to tell future generations.  The ceremony following was warm and authentic. Great job guys.   The Story of the Day HERE All photos HERE  
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