Behind the scenes: The first picture, showing the room setting prior to the bar mitzvah, was taken at 3 a.m. on the day of the bar mitzvah. We had begun at about 7 p.m., setting up both this facility and a similar one half a mile away that we used for the kiddush. We were shuttling stuff from home (about 3 miles away) to both, and travelling back and forth between the two buildings. Diane had hoped to finish around 11 p.m. Don figured we'd be lucky to finish by midnight. And, while we encountered no major problems, it just took much longer than we had expected. Assembling the "wedding chapels," putting out the chairs, putting together the ark (much thanks goes to Jon Sunray, who brought the pieces over and did most of the assembling), decorating both rooms, unloading the food and getting it ready for the next day . . . and on and on.
The final picture shows David being pelted by candies. It seems to be a tradition to throw candies (sweets) at the bar mitzvah boy at the conclusion of the service. You can imagine what it's like when a dozen or so 12 and 13 year olds (plus others, of course) have the opportunity to throw stuff at one of their friends. We used hard little mints. They taste great, but sure can sting on impact! Perhaps one of the bar mitzvahs that followed David's learned by example; that one used gummy candies.
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