Friday, February 27, 2009

Help With This Mitzvah Project!

We received a letter from Matthew and Emily Goldsten from Woodmere, NY. Please read the below and try to help them with their inspiring Mitzvah Project. Deadline is Friday, March 6.

Dear Mitzvah Mail readers,

In light of our upcoming B'nei Mitzvah, we have begun to embark upon a mitzvah project to help raise the morale and overall well being of the soldiers currently stationed in or around the Gaza strip. Our goal is to help these soldiers compensate for the lack of civility on their tours of duty. We want as many soldiers as possible to feel the love and warmth of their fellow Jews in America.

Our project will be a book of words of kindness from all of you. Your letters will add up to become a small book that each soldier will be able to carry around with them wherever they go. The book will also include a t'filat haderech, a traveling prayer. This book will encompass the love and endearment we all share for these brave men and women.

We ask all of you to write a short letter, a sentence, a few words, or even just draw a picture to show what you feel for these Israeli soldiers. But, the book can't be that big because the soldiers will carry it around with them. Please, write what you really feel. Show the soldiers some endearment that is so precious to them. In that department, they are unfortunately and sorely lacking. We want them to really know how we feel, and that we support them until the end.

In order to have this project completed by the time we leave for Israel, we ask that your letters and pictures be e-mailed or mailed to us by Friday, March 6. You can send your finished products to or 99 Willow Road, Woodmere, NY, 11598.

Thank you!

Matthew and Emily Goldstein

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Milaje: The Full-Service Salon

Milaje is a full-service salon that prides itself on its quality haircuts, color and styling. Milaje guarantees their clients 100% satisfaction and is a one-stop destination for pampering; they offer manicures, pedicures and waxing services while you wait.

TIP: How can we deal with frizz? Traditional relaxers work by breaking the hair bonds and permanently changing the molecular structure of the hair. Now there is something new; Milaje is introducing the 24-hour Brazillian Keratin treatment. You no longer need to wait 4 days to wash your hair. This treatment offers a gentle, commitment-free alternative to anyone who wants to relax their hair, but wants to avoid the destructive results of traditional straighteners.

OFFER: Tell Milaje the Mitzvah Moms sent you!
* 24-hour Brazillian Keratin treatment $300 (reg $400)
* Brazillian Keratin treatment $199 (reg $300)
* $25 off cut/color with selected stylists
* Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Package: Updo-curl style, mani/pedi $80

Milaje Salon, 234 W Jericho Tpke, Syosset 516-921-2017

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Benefit at Four!!!

Gregg Adams, Rich Del Core & Debbie Sutton of Xtreme Events invite you to experience entertainment, taste & FOUR.

On Thursday, March 5, 2009 there will be cocktails and hors' dourves from 7:30-9:30PM at Four: Food Studio and Cocktail Salon located at 515 Broadhollow Road (Rt. 110) Melville, NY (631-498-8578).

It is $25 a person and will benefit the Friendship Circle and Fay J. Lindner Foundation Let's Do Lunch programs for young onset Alzheimer's Disease at Sid Jacobson JCC.

Are you considering a Mitzvah at Four? Looking for a cool party planner with interesting ideas, need to check out unique party furniture or decor. Various vendors will be showcasing their services - Check it out!

For more info and to RSVP: Jeannie Cardali 516-484-1545 x:141 or email

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Core & More Fitness

"How To Look Mitzvah Ready"

Does this sound familiar? You want to lose weight, so you try your best friend's diet. She loses 35 lbs but you struggle to lose an ounce!

Randi Dukoff at Core & More Fitness has the solution. Just as much as individuals look different on the outside, they are totally different on the inside, and food affects all of us differently. Metabolic Typing allows you to follow a completely individualized program that will allow you to lose weight!

Through Metabolic Typing, Randi can determine which foods will make you feel your best. You'll know the ratios and types of protein, carbohydrates and fats you need to eat to bring your body back into balance. You'll know what works for your body.

To learn more visit the Core & More Website or call Randi for more information at 516-304-8466. Or you can email her at

Reward: Tell Randi at Core & More Fitness that Mitzvah Moms sent you and receive 10% off the Getting Started Nutritional Plan or receive 15% off the 6-week program. Plus get a complimentary trial training session with Randi, CHEK Exercise Coach, Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor, CHEK HLC1NASM Certified Personal Trainer.

Melony New York

Melony Mazzeo is a stylist and designer in East Williston, NY, who has been designing jewelry and clothing for high-end boutiques and large chains like Bloomies for 20 years. Most recently, she found her niche creating unique gowns and special occasion dresses.

After selling her merchandise to retailers, Melony made a bold decision: she decided to pull her clothing from other people's stores and she opened a showroom in her own home. This saves her clients money (Melony can charge less by eliminating the middle man - the retailer) and it saves her clients time (they can see ALL of Melony's merchandise in one location).

To learn more about Melony, give her a call at 516-742-4679. Tell her the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bistro at Bernard's

We watched the Oscars last night and heard all about the Governor's Ball and the delicious food prepared by the infamous chef Wolfgang Puck. We're pretty sure Wolfgang has nothing on a favorite of ours - Bistro at Bernard's.

The much-anticipated opening of Bistro at Bernard's in Glen Head, NY, has finally happened and the amazing reviews are in! In the evenings, Bernard's Market & Cafe transforms its Cafe into a cozy classic French bistro, complete with waited service, dark ambiance and a stellar wine list. Take one look at their exquisite menu and you will want to stop by for a taste.

REWARD: Visit the Bistro at Bernard's and ask for Rob or Mike. Tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you to receive 15% Off your food bill. Now through Monday, March 16, 2009,

Call 516-759-9100
716 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY 11545
Open Wednesday - Saturday, 5 - 9:30 pm
Reservations recommended, please call ahead

Friday, February 20, 2009

Mitzvah TV

Just in case you didn't TIVO it, here is a link to the first installment of Mitzvah TV: Tuned In To Mitzvah Planning!

You can see us at the Celebrate! Party Showcase in Teaneck, NJ, interviewing several vendors at the showcase. We were on the job to get the scoop! Check it out! Thanks to Deb Eiseman for producing such a high-end piece!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Artimus Art

We are officially on vacation this week - although our work is never done! (No one's work is ever done, is it?!) This week, we are working on getting organized, an ever-present chore! And since we have 5 kids between us -- well, you know how that goes! I know that I (Erica) move piles of paperwork from my counter to my kitchen table all day long. Piles of children's artwork, school papers and notices about upcoming fundraisers that I need to continually go through and pare down. I can part with the school papers and the notices - but the artwork! I hate to toss it, but how do you keep it organized??

Enter Artimus Art. This ingenius yet simple idea is for me! Dana Hostage takes your children's art and makes it accessible - she posts them online in a viewing gallery and creates a gorgeous book for you! You can even create e-cards using your children's art. There are 3 different packages with varying prices. There is a discount when you have more than one child! In my opinion, the cost is very reasonable considering the service you are being offered. And we all know the artwork of our children is priceless!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Low Schmaltz

In a past newsletter, we featured a very upbeat and funny Mitzvah vendor, Low Schmaltz. We just love his tee shirts! Word is, he has some new products on the Low Schmaltz market (like this Jewfro tee). Check them out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vote for Us!

Thank you for helping us "move the needle" on our entry page for the 2009 Leading Moms in Business Competition. We appreciate you voting for us, especially since you can vote once a day!

If you get the chance and feel is a worthwhile start-up created by 2 moms, please vote for us!


Monday, February 16, 2009

Hand-tastic Art

We've discussed artists and their mediums before - balloons, cakes, even chocolate. These images are ones where artists use their skills to create images on hands. We cannot imagine the amount of patience it takes to create such a masterpiece! Maybe a roving hand artist would be a cool idea for Mitzvah entertainment?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Personal Training Institute

We believe a picture tells a thousand words. We've posted two that really say a lot! These BEFORE and AFTER photos of a PTI client illustrate the amazing effects of working with the team at Personal Training Institute.

What is PTI? The Personal Training Institute is a unique organization offering customized one-to-one fitness and nutrition programs to individuals looking to improve their overall health and general lifestyle. Be sure and check out the PTI Website, where PTI co-founder Carol Kur and her team of nutritionists share a vast array of tips that really make sense.

Interested in learning more? Visit the PTI Website to find a location in your area or call 1-877-PTI WORK(s).

BONUS! PTI is offering each person who mentions the Mitzvah Moms 3 Free Workouts and a nutritional counseling session. Value is more than $75 – no excuses now!

Upcoming Concert

In a recent newsletter, we featured the Mitzvah Project of Zak Levenstein. Zak is organizing a concert in memory of Ethan Freed, a fellow camper from his sleepaway camp who died at a very young age. The concert, which benefits the Youth Renewal Fund and the building of the Ethan H. Freed Learning Center, is about to happen!

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, February 22nd at 2 pm at The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale, NY. To learn more, please call Alison at 516-697-1481.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Funny Kids

In a recent newsletter, we included a Mitzvah Giggle that featued a montage of cute "funny kid" images. We thought we'd post one of our own. MMIT Erica's two daughters took a moment to smile for the camera; her one-year-old saw the opportunity to swipe some of her sister's cereal!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Bar Mitzvah Bouncers: Offering Peace of Mind

We don't know about you -- but when we have more than 4 kids over our houses at one time, we feel like a bouncer is in order! Imagine an event with 104 or 204 kids! Bring on the Bar Mitzvah Bouncers.

The Bar Mitzvah Bouncers was started by a teacher, who has a great rapport with children and knows from spending his day in the classroom, how to keep everyone in line while still letting them have fun. Their goal is to let the kids have fun, yet keep things in order, while letting you -- the parents -- enjoy yourselves as well. You've spent a few years planning your child's Mitzvah - let yourself enjoy it!

We believe when you watch the Bar Mitzvah Bouncer's video -- the service sells itself! Tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you if you end up giving them a call! You can reach them at 973-758-9800 or 631-367-1519.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kenwal Day Camp Giveaway

Kenwal Day Camp is giving away two free weeks of camp, including transportation and hot lunch! Two weeks of free camp is no small giveaway! And we want to thank everyone who has entered so far. You only need to enter once; please pass on the info to friends you think might appreciate such an amazing value!

We also want to let everyone know that the contest has been extended due to President's Week. All entries are due by Thursday, March 5th. The winner will be announced in our March 9th newsletter.

If you missed the announcement in our newsletter, here is the scoop:

The Giveaway
Kenwal Day Camp is sponsoring a giveaway to all of our Mitzvah Moms - get ready to forward this newsletter to all your friends! Email us by Thursday, March 5th, by 6 pm EST, to be randomly selected to win 2 free weeks of day camp for your child this summer 2009. This giveaway includes transportation and hot lunch.

The Camp
Kenwal Day Camp is located on 20 acres of greenery on beautiful Long Island. Their air-conditioned facilities and their equipment offers every camper hours of enjoyment, fun and interesting activities. They offer pre-school/kindergarten, senior and teen programs as well as a C.I.T. Program.

Enter to Win
Take advantage of this fabulous offer by emailing us at Please type "Kenwal Day Camp" in the subject line. Again, anyone can enter to win - existing Kenwal campers will receive a 2 week credit for summer of 2009. The winner will be announced in our Monday, March 9th newsletter. Good luck and happy camping!

Editor's Note:
Please be sure and check out our Sweepstakes Rules. These Rules apply for the Kenwal Day Camp giveaway as well as all other Sponsor-related contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. Thank you!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Family Shares Their Mitzvah with Us

In today's newsletter, we featured a story about the Salzmans two-fold Mitzvah: a family vacation and an intimate weekend. The weekend took place in Westchester, NY, which is "out of town" for the Salzmans.

Of course, vendor recommendations are always important, even more so when you are not from the area where the event is being held. The Salzmans felt that they were directed to some outstanding vendors in the Westchester area that helped their affair really come together.

Perrone Bros. Entertainment
"From the first time we spoke with one of the two brothers that own this company, we felt like we were in good hands." Andrea Salzman says. "All of our guests raved about the company and we plan to use them again for our daughter's Bat Mitzvah."

H and H Photography
"Three days before Noah's Bar Mitzvah they pulled together a beautiful photo montage. We also felt that the videographer, George, who was booked through the photography company, was excellent," Andrea says. "He was very unobtrusive and did an outstanding job."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wizard Events

We've met the magical team of Wizard Events - Nancy and Lisa - and we think they're great. They believe that every child is special, as is every special event.

Here's the scoop:

Wizard Events is a full-service event planning company that will customize your proposal based on your family's values, budget and wishes. They treat each family with personal care. Their services include everything from specialty entertainment, unique themed decor, centerpieces, specialty linens and more - all within YOUR budget! They are very clever and really know how to stretch your budget to make your event exactly what you have in mind.

Contact them at and let them work some magic on your next special event!

Wizard Events, Inc., 1333A North Avenue #341 New Rochelle, NY 10804 - 914-576-8900

They also welcome any theme, budget, timeframe

Cuisine Art

We love clever! These are fun and might inspire you (and your caterer) for unique Mitzvah centerpieces.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rock Mitzvah

In Monday's newsletter, we wrote about the very cool concept of a Rock Mitzvah. We had a moment at the recent Celebrate! Party Showcase where we felt like groupies - we got to meet the band!

Monday, February 2, 2009

NY Party Works

Where's the Party?! Anywhere NY Party Works brings their wares...

If you are thinking about entertainment options for your Mitzvah, you should consider putting in a call to NY Party Works. Here's just a taste of what they can offer:

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 hook you up!

If you live in the NY/NJ/Conn area, give them a call at 631-501-1414.

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


We are not above shameless self-promotion!:)

We are entered in the 2009 Leading Moms in Business Competition. If you have a moment and feel is a worthwhile start-up created by 2 moms, please vote for us! You can vote once a day!


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