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Summer Bat Mitzvah at Temple B’Nai Chaim in Southwest Denver

June 18, 2019

Celebrating a bat mitzvah on a beautiful summer morning in Colorado

I’ve got another joyful Jewish bat mitzvah celebration to share with you all from the wonderful Congregation B’Nai Chaim located in southwest Denver in Morrison, Colorado.  This time it was Aliyah’s turn to share her skills of reading from the Torah and leading the congregation in prayer. Prior to the service starting, we were able to squeeze in some family portraits outside where the lilac bush was still showing a few leftover blooms.  We made sure to get some photos with grandma and grandpa as well as her cousins who had traveled in to celebrate this special day with her. We even managed to create a few quick portraits inside with the torah prior to the start of service as well.

Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration at Colorado Reform Synagogue

I find B’Nai Chaim to be such an intimate and wonderful temple to step into when I’m photographing the awesome bar and bat mitzvahs that take place there.  It’s such a welcoming community, you can tell that everyone knows each other and is quite friendly. And I am a fan of their music too. There is definitely a happy and joyful vibe inside their modest little building nestled in a little neighborhood community.  And Rabbi Kim Harris always does a great job of explaining all of the significance of their Jewish Bat Mitzvah celebration rituals for those of us who did not grow up with the religion. Plus, she has an excellent singing voice!

Garden Decor from the family for this Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Not only did Aliyah do incredibly well during her service (I could tell she practiced hard because she sounded great!)  but she also did a fantastic job putting together the table centerpieces for her kiddush luncheon after the ceremony. She had created little centerpieces with items found from her garden like air plants, moss, pinecones, little glass jars, twigs and more.  She created a beautiful little forest tableau for each table. She and her family also provided their own floral arrangements of gorgeous peony flowers straight from their home garden. As an amateur gardener who is attempting to mold my own garden at home into something pretty I was a big fan of this.  I even asked Aliyah to hold one of the white peony flowers for a couple of her photos.

Huge congratulations to Aliyah and her family on all of the hard work that must have gone into her Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration day!  All of the hard work certainly paid off!

A young brunette bat mitzvah girl at Temple B'Nai Chaim in Southwest Denver Colorado
Young bat mitzvah girl and her grandparents pose for a portrait outside of Temple B'Nai Chaim
Bat Mitzvah Girl with her Grandmother on the day of her Jewish Bat Mitzvah service at B'Nai Chaim in Denver
Sweet photo of Grandpa with his bat mitzvah granddaughter at B'Nai Chaim in Denver
Bat Mitzvah Girl with her Younger Brother at Temple B'Nai Chaim
Bat Mitzvah Girl laughs with her mom and dad prior to service at Temple in Denver
Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration Formal Portrait with Dad at B'nai Chaim
Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration Girl Poses for a nice portrait with mom at B'nai Chaim
A happy Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration Family Photo at Congregation B'Nai Chaim
Family portraits outside of B'Nai Chaim in Southwest Denver Colorado
Mom helps her daughter put her Tallit on prior to bat mitzvah photos at B'Nai Chaim
Jewish family runs through the bat mitzvah service at Temple B'Nai Chaim
Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration Professional Family Photo with the Torah at B'Nai Chaim
Bat Mitzvah Girl with her Rabbi Reading from the Torah in Denver
Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration Formal Portrait with the Torah
Guests wait for the bat mitzvah service to begin at B'Nai Chaim
Peony bouquets and air plants decorate a bat mitzah at Congregation B'Nai Chaim in Denver
Pink Peony Bouquet created from the family garden at Denver Synagogue for a bat Mitzvah
Cool greenery table centerpiece displays for a bat mitzvah kiddush in Denver
Details from the greenery forest centerpieces at a Denver Bat Mitzvah
Jewish Cantor Singing at a Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Denver Colorado
Bat Mitzvah Girl Puts on her Tallitt during her Bat mitzvah service at B'Nai Chaim
Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration at B'Nai Chaim
A young bat mitzvah girl speaks to her congregation at B'nai Chaim
Covering eyes during prayer at Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Colorado
Young bat mitzvah girl sits stoically at her Jewish bat mitzvah celebration in Denver
Family with arms around each other at a Denver Bat Mitzvah
Bat mitzvah girl carries the torah during her bat mitzvah at Temple B'Nai Chaim
Jewish Girl Reads from the Torah at her Bat Mitzvah with Grandparents by her side
Grandfather kisses his granddaughter at her Bat mitzvah in Denver
Family stands with their daughter as she reads from the Torah at B'Nai Chaim Bat Mitzvah
Bat Mitzvah Girl Reads from the Torah at her Denver Bat Mitzvah
Parents speak to their daughter at her Bat mitzvah service at B'Nai Chaim
Emotional mom during her daughter's bat mitzvah at Temple B'Nai Chaim
Mom hugs her daughter during bat mitzvah service in Denver
Jewish Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Denver
Girl laughs during her bat mitzvah service in Denver
Parents of bat mitzvah girl sing during jewish service in Denver
Closing speech from Bat Mitzvah Girl at her Jewish Celebration in CO
Bat mitzvah girl's speech during her service in Denver CO
Girl laughs with her rabbi at the close of her Bat mitzvah celebration
Girl hugs her rabbi at her bat mitzvah celebration in Denver
Receiving line after Bat mitzvah service
Huggings guests after a bat mitzvah at Congregation B'Nai Chaim
Bat Mitzvah Girl Gets a Photo with her Best Friends
Professional Portrait of a Bat Mitzvah Girl in her Prayer Shawl after her Denver Celebration
A happy young bat mitzvah girl portrait outdoors with lilac bush at B'Nai Chaim

Please click HERE if you are interested in learning more about Congregation B’Nai Chaim.

Interested in seeing more photos from other Bar and Bat Mitzvahs? Please check out THIS GALLERY!

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