B’nai Mitzvah of Kyra and Jaron Polinsky – The Celebration
My nephew Craig Polinsky and his lovely wife Tara are both medical doctors with a practice in Deerfield Beach, FL. The Pandemic caused the postponement of their daughter Kyra’s Bat Mitzvah three times and she was at risk of missing a major milestone in her life.
On March 14, 2021, Kyra was joined by her younger brother Jaron in a B’nai Mitzvah and was rewarded for her patience and understanding with a wonderful celebration. Their parents organized what I believe to be an excellent hybrid model for all families planning major events this year.
Tara and Craig produced a safe and responsible party that strictly followed all protocols and would have made Dr. Fauci proud and happy. Prior to the gathering, participants were vaccinated or tested to prevent a spread.
The forty to fifty guests who attended wore masks a lot and were seated safe distances from each other. Guests who could not attend participated through video streaming links.
It helped too that Tara and Craig put together a fabulous bash that was fun as well as safe. The Conrad Hotel in the heart of Fort Lauderdale was a great choice and platform. The supportive staff did a terrific job of hosting us too.
The hotel’s pool and sun deck on the sixth floor offered a pretty and compact setting for the ceremony and serving of appetizers. The bar poured drinks while food was ladled out on the green turf area. The location was spectacular and the architecture exceptional.
The columns around the pool reminded my son Sasha of the Colossus of Rhodes.
Picture of Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard North.
Picture of Ford Lauderdale Beach Boulevard South.
Kyra and Jaron stood at the Habima with the Rabbi and the Atlantic Ocean behind them, a truly spectacular background.
Craig and Tara joined their children at the Habima while the Rabbi accompanied the reading of a prayer by singing and playing guitar.
My son Sasha, the man with black and white mask, waits by the bar for a drink to celebrate the great job performed by his younger cousins.
Appetizers were served in the green turf area.
The reception moved inside to the grand ballroom for a delicious sit-down dinner, extraordinary family and event video, and entertainment and dancing provided by a DJ.
A photographer recorded all key moments for the Polinsky family gathering.
Carrie and Clint Mason.
My son Sasha is sitting with my niece Carrie Polinsky Mason, his first cousin. Clint Mason, her husband and the handiest man I know, is pictured standing. The four of us, seated about six feet apart, safely enjoyed this perfectly planned party. In the following photo, JKP stands for Jaron and Kyra Polinsky.
Kyra and Jaron delivered their reception speeches that thanked their guests for sharing this special moment with them. It was our pleasure.
Kyra and Jaron slice their nifty B’nai Mitzvah cakes.
Lisa, the hotel’s event planner who worked with Tara and Craig to produce this perfect party, recommended that the event close with everyone visiting a pop-up store full of
family and event branded items. It proved to be another smart idea – capping the night with selections of memorabilia.
The B’nai Mitzvah of Kyra and Jaron Polinsky celebrated family and life and I am proud and honored to have been part of this special moment in time. I hope I live long enough to witness the birth of their children, the twelfth generation. With God’s blessing.