It’s an incredible experience to photograph milestone family events like Bar Mitzvahs, even more so when opportunity arrises to do it both in Los Angeles and Israel for the same family! I had the pleasure of photographing Elan’s local Bar Mitzvah a few months prior at Wilshire Boulevard Temple and at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion, and then again at Robinson’s Arch in Jerusalem. What an honor to spend the day not once but twice with such a fun loving family. Elan did such a superb job with his readings and seeing his delight with the musicians leading him to and from the wall, and to their luncheon at the Hotel Inbal was a true pleasure.
I often leave events like these feeling like I’m a part of the family I photographed, witnessing and documenting them at such momentous celebrations as a photojournalist allows me to really be a part of the celebrations myself and it’s one of the many reasons I love what I do so much. Elan and his family were no exception and I am honored and proud to have been there to document it all. Elan Mazal Tov, you have a wonderful family and it’s wonderful to have been a part of your Bar Mitzvah Celebrations!