This past Saturday , on a perfect day on the boardwalk in Belmar, NJ, family and friends came to witness the Bat Mitzvah of my very good friend , Beth and her beautiful daughter, Jenny. Now Jenny is 13 , the usual age for a Bat Mitzvah -- and Beth isn't (13 that is !!) However, when Jenny began to prepare for her Bat Mitzvah (which involves many , many hours of instruction and studying of Hebrew, etc) Beth (my scatter brained pal who I met in college -- and who had not been Bat Mitzvahed when she was 13) decided she would now study and have her Bat Mitzvah with Jenny. AND............. SHE DID IT !!!!!!!!!!!!! YEA BETHY !!!!! (Beth and Jenny are pictured in the bottom picture).
In addition to learning Hebrew, etc from their instuctor , Beth and Jenny also learned how to paint on silk (their instuctor happens to be a wonderful artist.) Jenny painted her prayer shawl , which she's modeling in the 2nd picture; and Beth painted the Challah Bread cover (pictured in the 1`st picture). You should see these things in person ---- they're GORGEOUS !!!!
Following the service was a reception with all kinds of delicious FOOD !!!!! (so it was a good thing there was also a DJ who played all sorts of great music for dancing --- he even humored Beth, Robin -- another very good pal from college , -- the 3 of us are pictured in the 2nd to last picture --- and I by playing songs that we danced to in our wild and crazy college days -- including "Lido" , "It's Raining Men" and "She's a Brick House" --- OK, so I just dated us.........oops! )
Anyhow, it was a perfect day at the shore and a beautiful celebration .
CONGRATULATIONS Beth and Jenny !!!!!!!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)