I always love making trips to Columbus, and Max's bar mitzvah in late August was the perfect reason to do so! I first met Max and his family at their portrait session in June, and I swear Max has grown a few inches in these last few months since then! It was great to see him, his sister Ali, and his parents Adam and Jess again, as well as to meet his grandmother Susan, who had taken the reins planning the event all the way from Florida! Abel joined me as a second photographer and Myriam Solomon did a fantastic job in planning and coordinating the day.
We began in the morning at Congregation Beth Tivkah in Worthington, where we did family portraits in the sanctuary before Max's service began. Usually I don't photograph mitzvah services themselves, as many temples don't allow it, but this time I was able to stay and photograph every moment as Max officially became bar mitzvah in front of his friends and family. A luncheon followed, along with Hava Nagila, which Max's sister Ali played herself on her violin!
In the evening, we headed to Rule 3 in Pickerington, which was the perfect place for Max and his friends to celebrate. Rule 3 features a huge arcade, bowling alley, restaurant, and bar, and Max and his friends had a great time there. Between virtual reality games, delicious food, a bouncy slide, and so much more, there was no limit to the fun. Max also loves legos, and they were ubiquitous throughout the day in decorations, favors, and more.
Mazel tov to Max!