Bar and Bat Mitzvah Events
Our Artists play a select number of mitzvah engagements each year, creating a one-of-a-kind experience with unforgettable memories for families celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Families who invite our Artists to be a part of their celebrations are looking for an extraordinarily special way to engage kids, teens, adults and older adults in a fun, powerful, and meaningful Jewish context. Our Artists offerr an incredibly unique dimension to a celebration that family and friends will remember for the rest of their lives.
Your music, presence and warmth captured and engaged EVERY SINGLE PERSON in this mult-generation crowd throughout EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of the evening. You totally nailed the balance!! Not only did you take the crowd's breath away while on stage, you stunned Amy, Ben and me with the extent to which you took the time, energy and CARING to get inside of our heads and inside of Ben's head to put together the evening of song and celebration that we envisioned.
Michael Chartock, MA
About Rick Recht
Rick Recht is the top-touring artist in Jewish music in the United States playing more than 150 events each year from coast to coast, captivating youth and families with his contagious melodies and spectacular, interactive ability to make audience members the stars of the show. Recht has revolutionized and elevated the genre of Jewish rock music as a powerful and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity in youth and adults across the United States. The last 8 summers, Rick Recht and his band played at over 70 URJ, Ramah, JCC and private camps around the country. Recht has been featured in concert at the NFTY, BBYO, and USY International conventions as well as headlining national educator’s, rabbi’s, and cantor’s conventions. Recht has risen to the top of Jewish music, galvanizing generations of Jewish youth.
Rick Recht: Complete Artist Bio
A UNIQUE CELEBRATION WITH OUR ARTISTS!
Every day for two consecutive months, I have had parents stop me on the street to tell me what an awesome time their child had and our pictures show an entire room of all out fun!
Shelley Dunck, IL
- Our Artists are national Jewish rock stars who are very popular with youth and adults in Jewish communities throughout the United States.
- Families who invite our Artists to be a part of their special mitzvah celebrations are looking for a unique and extraordinarily special way to unite and engage kids, teens, adults and older adults in a fun, powerful, and meaningful Jewish context. Our Artists area national rock stars who bring, not only star power, but sophisticated skills and charisma which help to create a very unique dimension for the celebration and unforgettable memories.
- Our Artists create special ‘Milestone Moments’ (described below) throughout the celebration, giving friends and family a variety of fun and meaningful opportunities to participate on stage and honor the mitzvah boy or girl.
- Unlike many mitzvah parties that can feel ‘generic’ with the same DJ at every party and very little indication that a Jewish milestone has been achieved by the mitzvah boy or girl, our Artists provide an exceptional dimension, skillfully weaving a fun and meaningful Judaic element throughout the celebration.
- Many DJs and live bands struggle to engage the wide variety of generations and religions present at a mitzvah celebration. Our Artists specialize in engaging ALL generations, making kids, teens, and older adults feel comfortable and excited to participate.
- Our Artists are amazing at honoring and making the mitzvah boy or girl the superstar of the party in a way that is very comfortable, special, meaningful, and different from typical mitzvah celebrations. Our Artists create special ‘Milestone Moments’ (described below) throughout the celebration, giving friends and family a variety of fun and meaningful opportunities to participate on stage and honor the mitzvah boy or girl.
ROLES OF ARTIST IN MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS
As a rabbi, I've always wondered if the values families cherish so highly for their child's bar-mitzvah can be incorporated in the evening celebration in a fun and cool way. Rick Recht is the answer to families in search of a party laden with Jewish values like joy, love, inspiration, gratitude, family, tradition, and genuine celebration. Weekends and nights like our daughter's bat-mitzvah will only happen once. Thanks to Rick Recht's Saturday night Havdalah celebration, everyone who attended has another Jewish memory to treasure for a lifetime.
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel, TN
Custom Celebration Design
Our Artists are personally involved in the planning process for private events, helping to customize the Judaic elements of the celebration and make the event personal and meaningful for the mitzvah family and guests. Through meetings with the mitzvah family, our Artists help to craft a dynamic, fun, and deeply meaningful experience.
Uniting Generations, Denominations, and Religions
This ability to unite and connect with people are truly our Artist's trademark. At almost all mitzvah celebrations, there are many people who are not Jewish or Jews who do not strongly identify with Judaism. There is also a wide spectrum of generations ranging from little kids to older adults. Our Artist's unique styles of interaction skillfully honors the Jewish milestone of the mitzvah boy or girl while making everyone feel included and deeply engaged in every part of the celebration, whether they are Jewish or not Jewish, young or old. Jewish elements of the celebration are presented in a way that is fun and meaningful to everyone regardless of their religious beliefs or background.
Master of Ceremonies
Our Artists often serve as the Master of Ceremonies throughout the celebration, helping everyone to transition through the various sections of the party including the music, food, dancing, etc.
‘RockShop’ facilitator for Youth
Our Artists will often lead interactive ‘RockShops’ with the mitzvah boy or girl and friends where they spend fun and intimate time with them teaching songs that they will soon be featured onstage with our Artists and the band during the celebration. ‘RockShops’ often take place during hors d’oeuvres or after dinner while adults are still finishing their dinners.
Throughout the party, our Artists createswhat they call Milestone Moments that help unite all of the generations to make unforgettable memories. Here are some examples of Milestone Moments:
On Saturday nights, our Artists frequently leads a special interactive Havdalah service at the beginning of the mitzvah celebration bringing all attendees together to the center of the dance floor, arm in arm. This unique Havdalah features the mitzvah boy or girl along with family and friends who share special, short personal readings under candlelight about why this mitzvah and day is so spectacular and meaningful.
- Interactive, Band Music and Dance Set
Our Artists feature family and friends who are amateur musicians and singers on stage with him and the band. Youth and adults have a blast singing and performing on stage next to our Artist for their friends and families who absolutely love seeing their children, friends and parents on stage!
- Family Dedication Song:
Our Artists invite the mitzvah family on stage to share in one of their popular songs such as ‘Kobi’s Lullaby,’ 'Hinei,' or 'Y'varech'cha' as a blessing for the family. Family and friends gather close, have their arms around each other, and sing together with our Artist and the mitzvah family. During the Family Dedication Song, a video montage slideshow including pictures of family and friends is projected onto the big screens. (Optional package)
- 13 Candles
Our Artists add a very special dimension to the standard 13 Candles ceremony by providing live musical accompaniment with the mitzvah boy or girl lighting 13 separate candles to honor selected family members and friends. During the 13 Candles, a video montage slideshow including pictures of family and friends is projected onto the big screens. (Optional package)
- Parent and Community Dedication Song
During this song, siblings share special thoughts about how proud they are of their mitzvah brother/sister. After the siblings speak, the mitzvah boy or girl share special thoughts about how appreciative they are of parents and community.
- Hora Dance
Our Artist and their bands lead the celebration in an exciting hora (circle) dance, playing traditional hora songs with a fun, pop twist. Often, the mitzvah boy or girl and family members will be hoisted on chairs in the center of the circle.
- Friend Dedication Song:
During this song, friends of the mitzvah boy or girl share short, meaningful thoughts about their hopes for the future of their friend, the mitzvah boy or girl. The culmination of the song includes the mitzvah boy or girl sharing personal thoughts about her/his Jewish future.
- Mitzvah Dedication Song
The Mitzvah Dedication song is a special song where, during the bridge of the song, siblings and friends of the mitzvah boy or girl read short, meaningful, original readings of appreciation to the mitzvah boy or girl. The culmination of the song includes the mitzvah boy or girl reading a short, original reading of dedication to family and friends.
Thank you so much for one of the best weekends of my life. Still to this day I am getting comments like, “Wow, I really loved that band” or “I’ll never forget that party -- it was awesome!” You made my night so much better. It is something I will never forget.”
Emma Dreur, FL
Our Artist's Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration engagements feature our Artists and their performing medleys of original and contemporary Jewish and secular hits appealing to youth, adults, Jews, and guests from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds.
Thank you sooo much for playing with the band at Josh's Bar Mitzvah. It meant the world to us. Where as Josh did great on the bima and our family and friends came out in good force, you really brought with you the spirit of the party and everyone loved it. I just can't begin to express how much we loved having you here for the event. It was a really special night for us and your music added to that immensely. (Rick was subsequently engaged to play at the younger Dennison's son's Bar Mitzvah party)
Dalia and Brad Dennison, IL
Rick Recht Band:
Master of Ceremonies
Our Artists will serve as an MC to guide transitions throughout the celebration
75 Artist CDs. Families often send Artist CDs as invitations for the celebration or distribute as gifts at the celebration as meaningful take-home gifts for guests.
Our Artists meet with the mitzvah family to help custom-design the layout and ‘milestone moments’ of the celebration.
Our Artist's soundman will play music throughout the celebration on the sound system when the band is not playing. Often, the mitzvah family will provide the soundman with 2 CDs including a mix of favorite songs.
Travel and Lodging:
Jewish World Productions makes all travel and lodging arrangements including hotel rooms, flights, and ground transportation.
Sound System, Lights, and Projection Screens
Jewish World Productions provides a professional engineer and helps to make arrangements for sound system, lighting, and projector screen rental. The sound system can additionally be used for announcements or the playing of CD music throughout the celebration.
If the mitzvah family would like to include the services of a DJ in addition to our Artists, Jewish World Productions can provide a highly-skilled DJ to accompany our Artists. Our Artists also welcome the opportunity to work in conjunction with a DJ provided by the family. When working in conjunction with a DJ, our Artists plan alternating DJ and band sets to positively contribute to the flow and dynamic of the celebration. Our Artists can still serve as master of ceremonies to create seamless transitions throughout the celebration.
Video Montage projectors/ screens (Optional)
Jewish World Productions can provide video screens, projectors, and the operator to show a video montage prepared by the mitzvah family. The video montage is displayed on two screens instead of the typical single screen. Often, the video montage can be integrated into the 13 Candles ceremony
Video Slideshow (Optional)
Jewish World Productions can create a video slideshow using digital pictures provided by the mitzvah family that can be projected on big screens behind the 13 Candles ceremony, the Family Dedication song, or another musical selection during the celebration.
I wanted to write a note to thank you Rick and your band for playing at the twins B'not Mitzvah. It was important to our family to have a strong spiritual presence and keep the reception exciting and stimulating at the same time. Especially since quite a number of the families attending were not Jewish. Your enchanting and creative music gave us more than we could ever have asked for in terms of bringing everyone together spiritually. Many friends today listen to your CD's, Jews and non-Jews alike, but tell me how honored they were to attend the reception and feel your magical connection. What a precious memory you have given my girls.
Andy Sunshine, CA
How long is the average mitzvah party?
Does the Artist play ‘normal’ secular music?
Yes. Our Artists play medleys of contemporary Jewish music, radio-friendly original music, and popular secular/radio songs throughout the celebration.
Does the Artist have a standard songlist?
No. Our Artists play original songs and a variety of contemporary cover songs based on songs that are popular at the time of the celebration or are especially appropriate and fun for the demographic present at the celebration.
Does the Artist work with DJs?
Yes. Some parties will have a DJ in addition to Our Artists. Our Artists will typically meet with the mitzvah family to establish the overall layout of the celebration including scheduling of the band music sets, DJ sets, serving of food, and other scheduling details. A representative from Jewish World Productions will then meet with the DJ to coordinate logistics.
Does the Artist work with party planners?
Our Artists often work directly with party planners. our Artists will typically meet with the mitzvah family to establish the overall layout of the celebration including scheduling of the band music sets, DJ sets, serving of food, and other details. A representative from Jewish World Productions will then meet with the party planner to coordinate logistics.
What if there are people at the party who are not Jewish or Jews who do not strongly identify with Judaism?
At almost all mitzvah celebrations, there are many people who are not Jewish or Jews who do not strongly identify with Judaism. Our Artist's unique style of interaction skillfully honors the Jewish milestone of the mitzvah boy or girl while making everyone feel included and deeply engaged in every part of the celebration.
What do the youth do during Hors D’oeuvres and during band breaks?
Youth dance to music played over the soundsystem by Artist soundman. Our Artists will also often lead interactive 'RockShops' with the mitzvah boy or girl and friends where they spend fun and intimate time with them teaching songs that they will soon be featured onstage with our Artists and the band during the celebration.
Client Confidentiality: Will the Artist client contact information be shared with future potential clients?
No. Jewish World Productions has a strict client confidentiality policy and will not share our Artist's client contact information with any other clients, past, present, or future. References for mitzvah engagements are provided for potential new clients using written testimonial, photographs, or videos from past clients. Jewish World Productions will never provide potential mitzvah clients with the telephone number of a past client.
I want to thank you for making my grand daughter, Lindsey's, celebration so very very special. I have been getting calls for the past 2 days from my friends; in awe of you and your wonderful music. My kids and grandkids have been your fans for a long time and now i understand why. WOW, you are the best; now you have their bubi as a new fan.
Grandma - Glori, IL