Indianapolis B’nai Mitzvah :: Max and Sam
I had the pleasure this past summer shooting the B’nai Mitzvah of Max and Sam. Max is just an all-round sweet guy and Sam is a former student of mine:-) Sam is the kind of kid that any teacher loves having in class. Caring, happy, fun, and always willing to jump in and try ANY crazy idea that his teacher may have had!! It was my absolute joy to spend the day with both of these young men as they celebrated their special day.
For those unfamiliar with the term “B’nai Mitzvah” this refers to the celebration of two boys becoming responsible for the moral and religious duties in their lives. I started off the day at their home getting some photos of the boys as they prepared for their day in temple.
As we got ready for friends and family to arrive, we managed a few traditional, and not so traditional photos of the boys.
In some families, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah can be in cost and gesture an elaborate affair. Max and Sam’s family have never been “over the top” people, and they wanted the focus of the day to be about the boys successful completion of their studies and the celebration of their future endeavors. Everything about the day was a nod toward love, care and servitude. The invitations and cake followed a theme of grey/blue and yellow. To add beautiful significance to the day, the Tallit (prayer shawl), that each boy wore , was created by their mother, Debbie. The hand-stitching that was required for these shawls was time-consuming for sure, however, each stitch was also a reminder of a mother’s unconditional love for her sons.
I truly enjoyed Rabbi Krichiver’s conversation with the boys before they headed into temple. He had a wonderful conversation with the boys about their upcoming duties as young men serving the Indianpolis jewish community. It was also a time for all the family members to take a deep breathe before the ceremony started.
Afterwards the boys had decided to make sure that all their family and friends who attended their Bnai Mitzvah party had a great time. The focus of Max and Sam’s servitude to their community was to ensure sports equipment for underprivileged kids. To that end they decided to host their party at the Lions club in town with an “international sports” theme. The boys had various games set up throughout the park and guests were highly encouraged to arrive in their best “comfy clothes”. Shorts and t-shirts were the order of the day! And then they partied!