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Celebrating the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

It has been said in Jewish tradition that celebrations are meant to be an expression of the soul. The Jewish celebration of life, the bar and bat mitzvah, is so impactful that every time we do a mitzvah (a good deed), we enhance our connection with the source of our life. To “celebrate” life is the ultimate mitzvah. Life parades its magnificence in everything and everybody, and it is a beautiful expression of our soul to want to celebrate that daily.

Joan’s extensive Jewish travels abroad to Eastern Europe, Israel, and Italy prompted her to make a statement about the meaning and importance of Jewish tradition through her photographs. “Seeing the bitter remains of concentration camps, towns once inhabited by thousands of Jews, now only buried memories of loved ones, and salvaged ritual artifacts from the Nazis prompted me to make a statement about our traditions in my exhibits of bar and bat mitzvahs: L’Dor V’Dor, From Generation to Generation.

If you are looking for an experienced Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photographer in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs or Troy, NY; please give me a call at 346-4485 or email me at joan@joanheffler.com

 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Excitement for 2013-2014

This coming year (2013-2014) 5774 will be exciting for bar and bat mitzvahs in the capital region. New venues for the reception such as the Colonie Country Club in Voorheesville  (http://www.coloniegcc.com/) make for more exciting parties. And with the addition of so many more Albany DJ’s experienced with the Jewish tradition of the hora and the candlelighting ceremony…well, what more could you ask for!

If you are looking for an experienced Jewish photographer with the knowledge of the bar and bat mitzvah, give Joan Heffler Photography a call.

 

The Jewish Photographer of Choice for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Sitting down with the parents of a bar or bat mitzvah and discussing how the bar and bat mitzvah day unfolds is one of the most fulfilling times of my professional life. Growing up Jewish, attending numerous bar and bat mitzvahs in my youth and having gone through the process with my son; it never gets old. In fact, chills always run through me as I relive the experience with my child and with others over and over again as we prepare for their child’s bar or bat mitzvah.

All family members and friends flock near and far to watch and be part of a child becoming a man and a woman in the eyes of the Jewish tradtion. It is now their responsibility at this very young age of 13 to be in charge of passing on the Jewish laws and traditions. That’s what a bar and bat mitzvah stands for.

And afterwards, such a celebration! Rejoicing in happiness. The cup runneth over! The excitement bubbles over and at the end of the day, we have a man and a woman emerging from their years of study. We have qvelling parents and qvelling grandparents, and we carry on the 5,000 year old tradition!

Mazel Tov!

Kind Words

Kind Words

What a great event last night! Thank you for your service. Despite challenges that drove us both back home yesterday, you are a true professional and I always enjoy working with you. I look forward to receiving the photos and working with you again soon!

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