Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jewelry For A Cause

Jewelry For A Cause is a company that combines jewelry and philanthropy for individuals, schools, non-profits and other organizations. Their jewelry truly sparkles with good intentions!

If you are searching for a hands-on, engaging and manageable Mitzvah Project, consider Jewelry For A Cause's Mitzvah Kits. Here's how it works, straight from the Jewelry For A Cause Website:

You buy a KIT with either 18 or 36 enamel peace charms in a variety of funky colors and pre-cut waxed cotton cord. Then you make the adjustable slip knot peace bracelets YOURSELF!!! Don't worry...there are easy to follow instructions with pictures showing you how to make the bracelet.

Now go out and sell the cool bracelets to raise money for the charity of YOUR choice! When you are done people will be wearing something you made, they will have learned about a cause that is important to YOU and you will have raised a lot of money for that cause!

To learn more, visit the Jewelry For A Cause Website. We hope you sparkle with good intentions, too!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sending Invitations

There seems to be a debate in the world of invitation etiquette as to whether you send an invitation to a guest you already know CANNOT make it. Do you send an invitation anyway, so they know you thought of them?! Or in case their plans change? Or do you not send it, because you already know they can't make it?! Is sending it then just prompting a gift?!

We have scoured the expert message boards and there seems to be no clear-cut answers. So we ask you -- what do you think?! What's the Mom-to-Mom on this one?! Post a comment and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kedai Photo

We wrote about Kedai Photo in our Mitzvah Mail newsletter that hit your email inbox yesterday, but we so love Kedai we feel the need to blog about it too! And in case you missed the newsletter, here's the scoop:

Kedai is a service that sets up shop at your Mitzvah. They allow guests to insert their digital camera cards into their equipment so the photos can be displayed during the night on a large screen also supplied by Kedai! Plus, the Kedai system burns all of these images so that the party hosts go home with ALL THE GUESTS PHOTOS! No more bugging friends to email you those great photos they took during your event. We call this capturing the moment, in the moment!

Learn more at Kedai Photo's Website.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Brian Levenstein's Budget Luxury Event Planning

The word "budget" paired with "luxury" sounds a little like an oxymoron, but with the expertise of Brian Levenstein, you can accomplish a luxurious event no matter what the budget.

Brian Levenstein grew up working in the catering industry. In doing so, he has formed invaluable friendships and connections with florists, decorators, photographers, videographers, bands, DJs, invitation designers and everything else one needs to host the event of a lifetime. In these economic times, allow Brian to help you create the event you desire within the budget you have.

TIP: Brian Levenstein has this message for our MM readers: "In this tough economy, when planning an event which utilizes multiple resources, we use vendors that are able to offer more than one service. By doing so, it can help alleviate some of the stress and more importantly extra expenses that can go hand-in-hand with event planning." Thanks Brian; good to know!

Contact Brian at 516-840-3522 or at and find out just how much money he can help you save! Just tell him the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Promom Winner Tama!

Tama's 10-year-old daughter entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Tama! And thank you, Samantha! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

My mom is super, and NO ONE can disagree.
With my mom, I can always feel free!!!!
I’m only happy when she’s happy TOO.
MY MOM IS SUPER, can’t you see!!!!!
My mom is super, so don’t disagree!!!!!
My mom can bake better then anyone in the world!!!!
Cookies, banana bread, apple pie, cake,
She can bake anything and I’ m always there for the take!
She can cheer me up just by being right near me,
I can always trust her and know she’ll be there for me.
Me and my mom share a great bond,
As she is also a beautiful blonde!!!

Promom Winner Hilary!

Hilary's 12-year-old daughter entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Hilary! And thank you, Amanda! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"There are a billion things that I love about my mom but the favorite is that she is still a kid at heart, and I can talk to her like she is one of my best friends."

Promom Winner Bonnie!

Bonnie's 10-year-old daughter entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Bonnie! And thank you, Rachel! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"My mom is Bonnie Brenner. She is special because.......she's always there for me when things don't go so great. My mom always helps others when they need something and someday hopefully so will I. That is why my mom is special to me."

Promom Winner Alisa!

Alisa's 10 and 11-year-old sons entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Alisa! And thank you, Corey and Drew! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"I want my mom to win bacause she is nice. She is nice because she takes me places and on vacations. Thats why she is nice." Corey Gold

"My mom is the best because she is COOL...I hope she wins the contest she deserves it for all the hard work raising me, my 2 brothers and my sister." Drew Gold

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Promom Winner Alisa!

Alisa's 11-year-old daughter entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Alisa! And thank you, Samara! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"My mom is a pro mom because she is always there for me. For example, a few of these bullies were picking on me and my mom told me that i shouldn't listen to them and that what they said was not true. She is like one of my best friends and always knows what to say. Another reason is that she helps me because if i dont understand my homework she always sits with me and helps me and makes sure i understand it. She is the best pro mom ever!!!!!!!!!!!"

Promom Winner Tammy!

Tammy's 10-year-old son entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Tammy! And thank you, Drew! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"My mom is very nice to me in a lot of different ways. If I want ice
cream, she says "sure" but only gives me a little so I don't get fat.
She takes me to fun places like work - Cookie Magazine. She let's me
take a showerin her bathroom and snuggles me at night. My mom is a great mom!!! Even to my dog Bailey. She makes him an egg on the weekends."

Promom Winner Ruth!

Ruth's 11-year-old daughter entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Ruth! And thank you, Amanda! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"I think my mom is the best mom in the whole wide world because whenever I need her, whether it is for the biggest favor in the world or the smallest little thing, she always stops and jumps to help me get it done. She will always be there for me and when I need her she will be the rock that I can lean on and get advice from. No matter where we are we can always have a great time and when we hang out together there are guaranteed laughs involved. If everyone had a mom as good as my mom than the world would be the happiest place and every little thing that people do would be filled with joy and many smiles!"

Promom Winner Laurie!

Laurie's 13-year-old daughter and 11-year old son entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Laurie! And thank you, Paige and Josh! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"Our mom is the best because she goes out of her way to make sure we are happy. She's always there when we need her."

Promom Winner Nicole

Nicole's 12-year-old daughter, 10-year old son and 7-year-old daughter entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Nicole! And thank you, Jordyn, Tyler and Alexa! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"Our mom is a pro mom because she makes us happy. She always comes to
all of our sports games, picks us up from school, and manages her time
wisely to be with us. Our mom always tucks us into bed every night and
wakes us up in the morning with a smile on her face. We would not trade
our mom for anything. WE LOVE HER SO MUCH!"

Friday, April 24, 2009

Eco-Friendly Fashion

In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, we thought we'd give a nod to what might be a Mitzvah Style on the horizon - dresses and accessories made from recylced materials. We love this dress made from recylced soda can tabs.

We've seen handbags made of recycled items too. For some cool "green" handbags, check out Greenpurse.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Promom Winner Beth!

Beth's 10-year-old son Max entered our "Nom Your promom Writing Contest" with this terrific entry! Congrats, Beth! And thank you, Max! We hope you enjoy your new promom couture tee shirt and Happy Mother's Day!

"My mom is amazing because she does everything for me and signs me up for everything. My mom is also amazing because she takes care of me and buys me so much. My mom is also always there for me and supporting me when I need her the most."

Gold Coast Concierge Giveaway

We're not sure about you, but we dream of finding ways to produce more time in our day! With the help of Gold Coast Concierge, that dream can actually come true!

Gold Coast Concierge is Long Island's premier personal concierge service that can assist busy parents with just about anything. Their services range from running daily errands to event planning, research and information gathering for decision making, as well as holiday preparation and planning assistance, new mother and elder care, and anything else you might need help with. Also perfect for single parents.

GIVEAWAY: What would you do with 2 Free Hours of dedicated, professional help? Need your Mitzvah invites and goody bags stuffed? Are you swamped with last-minute details that always creep up before leaving for vacation? Are you already beginning to feel overwhelmed with the thought of getting the kids off to camp?

Email us with what you would do with Gold Coast Concierge at your service and you could win two hours of personal concierge services from Gold Coast Concierge founder Alison Levenstein (sorry, Long Island only).

Please email as soon as possible and put "Gold Coast Concierge" in the subject line. We will randomly select one winner to win a true gift ... "the gift of time"! We will announce the winner in an upcoming newsletter.

To learn more about Gold Coast Concierge, contact Alison Levenstein and be sure and tell her the Mitzvah Moms sent you! Hear all about their reasonable rates and amazing services.

Contact: Alison Levenstein, 516-697-1481

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bar Mitzvah Favors

In the market for favors? Check out this Website, The site was started by a couple after they had trouble finding favors for their daughter's Bat Mitzvah. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fabu Favors

These favor ideas are brought to you by Susan Feinstein Hawkins of The Shops at 24 Seven. We love the "Star of David" bookmark with an elegant silk tassel and the "Star of David" laser-cut favor box. Great idea for Mitzvah favors! Thanks for sharing these products with us, Susan!

Monday, April 20, 2009

NY Party Works

Where's the party? Anywhere that NY Party Works sets up!

NY Party Works is a service-oriented, family-owned company that has been in the business of entertaining people for more than 30 years. They care as much about your party as you do! And their staff of full-time event coordinators and event crews will do everything in their power to make your event a success.

For Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, NY Party Works offers different photo systems such as photo booths, virtual backgrounds, holographic flip photos, super-imposed photos, pop noggins and music videos. They can also supply your event with arcade video games, pinball machines, game tables and large simulators. One of their most popular items is their Game Pro System which features Playstation, X Box, Wii, Rockband and Guitar Heroes on flat screen monitors on an overhead truss. Cool! They also offer large interactive inflatables and carnival games for the more action-packed parties. Need a performer/artist, such as a body artist, caricaturist, circus performer or fortune teller? NY Party Works can help you out! If you live in the NY/NJ/Conn area, give them a call at 631-501-1414.

REWARD: Receive $150 Off any order over $1,000 (not including tax and delivery). Tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Click Here to Visit the NY Party Works Vendor Profile

Friday, April 17, 2009

Twitter and Facebook

The Mitzvah Moms are socializing! We're wine-ing and dining, Internet-style! Please join our Mitzvah Mail fan page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (tweet! tweet!) so we can all expand our networks. To find our Facebook fan page, search for "Mitzvah Mail at Mitzvah Market" and on Twitter, follow us at slapidus. See you there!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Paper Song and Dance

You have to see this! Check it out!

What this artist/performer does with paper is amazing!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sweepstakes Alert!

Enter EBE's Get Your Party Started Sweepstakes

One Grand Prize (up to $4,000 retail value of EBE services) and twelve First Prizes (each up to $500 retail value of EBE services) will be awarded and services provided by EBE Events & Entertainment. Winners can apply their prize to a variety of EBE services including dance bands, disc jockeys, lighting, videography, planning services and more.

EBE's sweepstakes is open to events taking place in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. No more than one entry per person is allowed.

Check out the EBE Website to register. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Get Mitzvah Organized!

Since we're on the topic of getting organized, we have to swoon over our favorite Mitzvah planning book - Emily Haft Bloom's The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planner.

We've written about Emily's helpful information in two newsletters, appropriately named Mitzvah Planning Timeline Part I and Mitzvah Planning Timeline Part II. If you found the Mitzvah Mail articles helpful, then you will definitely appreciate the book.

Check it out on Amazon. And happy planning!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Get Organized!

January isn't the only month that we feel like getting organized! We don't know about you, but the urge for some Spring Cleaning and some new organizational strategies are kicking in.

To keep yourself organized, check out the planners, calendars and other accessories from MomAgenda. As their tagline reads: Getting organized with style!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Real Kids Making A Real Difference

Learn how Mitzvah Kids are putting “Mitzvah” back into their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Recently, People magazine had a story about Ty’Sheoma Bethea’s letter to President Obama to rebuild her rundown school. This tenacious eighth grader’s call to action was very effective. She soon found herself seated next to the First Lady and getting the President’s ear. This is yet another example of how kids are making a difference in the world.

Our children are growing up surrounded by excessive violence, exposure to hate and questionable role models, yet many of them are making a positive mark on the world through their creative and effective “Mitzvah Projects.”

According to the dictionary, a “Mitzvah” is any good or praiseworthy deed. Many children are required to come up with a Mitzvah Project as part of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah rite of passage, but many are doing “Mitzvahs” before, during and even after their official Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

Kids are effective agents of change when they put their minds to it. When they choose a Project they are passionate about, they can make a difference locally and globally. Mitzvah Kids have created Mitzvah Projects to raise money for Save Darfur in order to buy stoves for families in that region. Closer to home, Mitzvah Kids have organized Pancakes for Parkinson’s events to raise funds and awareness for The Michael J. Fox Foundation. And their efforts are not going unnoticed. Non-profit organizations are realizing that Mitzvah Kids and their Mitzvah Projects can make a real difference. The staff of charitable organizations works to have their organizations be considered as the beneficiaries of these Mitzvah Projects.

"At The Michael J. Fox Foundation, we have seen the power of a Mitzvah Project," says Sheila Kelly, Director of Team Fox, the Foundation’s grassroots fundraising arm. "These kids have such outstanding ideas and energy, and we are always thrilled when they choose MJFF as the beneficiary of their efforts."

Kelly is aware that yes, Mitzvah Projects can raise significant funds that benefit the Foundation, but she also acknowledges the awareness the Kids are able to raise for Parkinson's research and programs.

Most kids have that terrific quality that comes with youth and innocence: they believe that anything is possible, and with a positive attitude, you can forge ahead with an idea and find fantastic results. When you see these Mitzvah Kids in action, you see that the results are real, and they are fantastic indeed!

Maybe it will inspire adults to do a little Mitzvah or two….

Visit to read Mitzvah Kid Project Profiles.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bag Trends Event

In a recent Mitzvah Mail, Pamela Pekerman of was a source for a story we wrote on Bag Business. Pamela is one of our favorite bag gurus! And she is having an event this Monday and wanted to extend an invitation to all of us! So nice!

Here's the scoop: is sponsoring one of its annual "Arm Candy" parties on Monday, April 13th. For this particular event, Bag Trends is going green. Here's what the invite reads:

BagTrends has gone fashionably green and we're taking you with us! Shop the best in green handbags and jewelry; discover eco "in the bag" essentials; indulge in complimentary spa services; & sip a yummy drink.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so RSVP today!

Green Arm Candy Party
Mon, April 13
6-9 pm
Union Square Ball Room
27 Union Square West, NYC
Free! But RSVP because space is limited: or 718-531-6793

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Stimulus Package

Recently, at the Celebrate! Party Showcase in Old Greenwich, Conn., we met photographer Lawrence Greller of Lawrence Greller Photography and Video. Very nice man! He handed us a flyer that included details on his "stimulus package" - basically his discounted photography packages meant to help families keep costs down for their Mitzvahs. We like it!

Ask the Mitzvah Vendors you are considering hiring if they have any "stimulus packages." They may be willing to negotiate with you to help you keep your party planning costs down.

Didn't get the chance to attend the Showcase?! Check out our Virtual Showcase Blog. You can learn more about Lawrence Greller Photography and Video and the other vendors who attended.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jersey Street Furniture

Adam Batt of Jersey Street Furniture always lets us know what's new and hot in the world of party decor. Here's one of his more recent reports:

"Fun fabrics like gun metal and blue mylar gave this party a mad science look."

Thanks for the scoop, Adam!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Any Excuse For A Party!

Any Excuse For A Party! is a full-service, high-end entertainment and special event company that serves the entire North East and has more than 20 years of experience in making events successful. Their secret weapon? They own all of their own equipment! This means increased availability and decreased fees - no middle man! They also have a staff that is ready to work with you, from start to finsih in the planning process.

And don't forget - Any Excuse For A Party! is offering a Mitzvah Reward worth considering:

REWARD: Receive 10% Off any one entertainment option OR receive $250 Off any entertainment package over $3500. Just tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Website: Any Excuse For A Party!
Address: 3 Edison Place, Fairfield, NJ 07004
Service area: Entire North East
Contact: Louis Murillo
Phone: 973-808-8700

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Bra Barrette

We've said it before and we'll say it again - we love clever.

The Bra Barrette is the genius idea of a school teacher who was tired of fixing her bra straps all the time. (Or from suffering from FBSS - Falling Bra Straps Syndrome - as she calls it.) After taking a paperclip, twisting it and using it to hold her straps in place across her back, she knew she was on to something.

We think the Bra Barrette is a great idea to wear under Mitzvah attire. Nothing like "adjusting" yourself in public when you're all gussied up!

Visit for more info!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shereck Video Services

Here's the tech talk: Shereck Video Services uses broadcast digital cameras and cutting-edge editing systems.

Our translation: The finished product is amazing!

Check out one of our favorites: Julia's True Hollywood Stories. Adorable!

Whether you want a DVD or Web invitation instead of a paper invitation, an unusual montage with a “Hollywood look” including custom music, or a clean, simple style with a custom menu, Shereck Video Services is happy to create what you’re looking for.

REWARD: Receive 10% Off any video/montage package when you mention the Mitzvah Moms. No expiration! Call 516-792-9571 or 800-383-9963 for more information.