Asher was ready to have a good time at his Portland Bar Mitzvah Columbia Edgewater Country Club held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 with most of his friends having arrived before the 6pm start time. This event was originally scheduled for October 2021, but delayed because of Covid.
There were many things planned including gaming tables (blackjack and poker), as well as games with the DJ (me) before dinner. Asher’s favorite sports are basketball and football, perfect for the ice breaker basketball vs. football pass. The kids had a great time with that and the scavenger that followed, as well Blazers vs. Eagles (a variation of the soda drink game) and a limbo that ended right before everyone gathered for Havdalah and several speeches by the family.
After dinner, Asher’s dad Scott sung and played guitar on two original songs he had written, including one called “Runnin’ from Covid-19”. Guests enjoyed singing along and right after he was finished, Scott asked me to play the electric version of the song recorded in a studio. That led nicely into me inviting everyone out for dancing to “The Hora” and chair raising.
From there, adults and kids danced for almost two hours to fun hit songs like I Gotta Feeling” and “Shut Up and Dance”, along with family favorites “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire, “Super Freak” by Rick James and more.
Mazel Tov Asher and thank you mom Joni for choosing PRO DJs.
The last event I performed before the Covid shutdown was Noah’s Bar Mitzvah on March 7, 2020. Almost two years later, it was his brother Ari’s turn for his MJCC Bar Mitzvah Celebration held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Saturday, December 18, 2021.
The entire venue was open for guests for this event that began at 6pm, including the gym where the kids played basketball and the foyer where air hockey and cornhole games were set-up.
Around 6:45, everyone gathered in the main ballroom for Havdalah, which was led by family friend Joel, who also played acoustic guitar. We then picked up the energy with “The Hora” and chair raising of Ari and his family, followed by some additional pre-dinner dancing.
A slideshow ran thoughout the night on the big screen, but it was also showcased with music near the end of dinner. I then invited all the kids to the dance floor for some games that included a scavenger hunt, limbo and Blazers vs. Timbers (new name for Coke & Pepsi).
For the last hour, everyone had a great time dancing to fun hit music… everything from “Uptown Funk” and “Levitating” to “Cupid Shuffle” and Ari’s mom’s request for “Party In The USA.”
Mazel Tov Ari and thank you parents Mindy and Mark for again choosing PRO DJs!
Marley’s Portland Bar Mitzvah was held inside the Imbrea Meadow Tent at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsboro, Oregon on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
This event was originally scheduled for May 23, 2020 and it was a Bar Mitzvah for Marley’s brother Avi. However, with the pandemic postponing or cancelling nearly every event at that time, it was rescheduled for October 2020, then rescheduled again for May 2021 before finally settling on this night and with the passage of time, it would now be Marley’s celebration 🙂
For this Bar Mitzvah I also provided sound for the service that began at 4:20. Afterwards, most guests walked to the nearby Historic House for appetizers and a photo booth while the tent was turned by McMenamins staff for dinner. The kids returned about 20 minutes later for some games including Marley’s choice of musical chairs and a limbo.
A short time later, the adults returned for a toast and slideshow. I then invited everyone out to dance to “The Hora” and celebrate Marley with the chair raising. Since his brother didn’t get the opportunity last year, it was good to see him also lifted up high in the chair.
At this point, it was after 8pm and the buffet was just opening for dinner, but guests had a hard time leaving the dance floor, enjoying everything from “Staying Alive” to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” plus the family’s requests for “Uptown Funk,” “Hey Ya,” “I Gotta Feeling” and more.
Mazel Tov Marley and thank you mom Erika for choosing PRO DJs.
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
“Rich was excellent to work with and understood the flow of the party. Everyone loved having him!” -Erika Siegel (Marley’s Bar Mitzvah)
- Event Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
- Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
- Event Location: McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
- Event Staff: Rich Ellis
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All 25,000 square feet of Rose City Futsal West was devoted to Noah’s Tigard Bar Mitzvah celebration on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
The left court featured arcade games such as Foosball, Pop A Shot, Cornhole and Ping Pong. The right court was for pickup soccer games and center court was reserved for dancing. There was also a photo booth and dinner and dessert were served in the upstairs restaurant and bar.
Before dinner, all 180 guests came together on the center court for Havdalah which was led by family friend Joel, who also played acoustic guitar.
Next, everyone went upstairs for dinner. Shortly after, I went upstairs myself to lead some of the kids in a scavenger hunt before the toast and slideshow. We then ushered all guests back downstairs to center court for ‘The Hora’ and chair raising of Noah and his family.
A variety of fun hit music followed, everything from “Happy” and “Uptown Funk” to “Party Rock Anthem” and ‘Cha Cha Slide”, it was a fun time on the dance floor, while most of the kids were glued to the arcade games or playing soccer.
Mazel Tov Noah and thank you parents Mindy and Mark for choosing PRO DJs!
Adena and her friends and family had a great time at her Bat Mitzvah celebration held at Tualatin Country Club in Tualatin, Oregon on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
As the adults engaged in conversation during dinner, DJ Rich kept the kids occupied with many games, including Name That Tune, Would You Rather?, and a massive Scavenger Hunt with 20+ kids participating. Games and contests are always a hit at Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs and several $25 Target and Starbucks gift cards as prize giveaways made it extra fun.
The dance floor opened to everyone just after 8pm with ‘The Hora’ and chair raising that never fails to get a party to lively start. Guests then enjoyed dancing the night away to the latest hit music, along with a few party classics.
Mazel Tov Adena and thank you parents Allison and Jason for again choosing PRO DJs. We had the opportunity to be the DJ at sister Eliana’s Bat Mitzvah in 2013.