Jeremy’s Bar Mitzvah Photos at Temple Sinai

bar mitzvah boy stands at the bimah with his parents, in front of the ark while reading the torah

Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh where Jeremy Handler became a bar mitzvah this winter surrounded by his closest friends and family. The synagogue features beautiful stained glass windows that filter morning light across the congregation, and a private back garden perfect for family photos. I have always felt incredibly welcome at Temple Sinai and Jeremy’s bar mitzvah was no different.

family with mom, dad, and two young boys wearing suits and ties in black and gold, standing together in a city garden scene

Jeremy did an impressive job with his Torah reading! It was clear he was bright and respected and had prepared well.

young boy stands in front of the ark full of torahs, at his bar mitzvah service, while the rabbi lays his tallit on the bar mitzvah boy's shoulders

older Jewish man puts his hand on his grandson's shoulder and prays for him, in front of some stained glass windows in the synagogue

portrait of young boy in a black and gold suit, leaning against a pillar in front of an orange tree

Later that day we met up at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center in the Oakland area, where Jeremy’s parents had planned a COVID-friendly bar mitzvah party. The adults enjoyed cocktails in the hallway before joining the fantastic DJ Steve Maffei Jr who was leading the kids on the dance floor. The ballroom was filled to the brim with Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates decor. Black and gold everywhere! The Handler family also brought in a roaming selfie station and some t-shirt airbrushing. And of course an overflowing candy table… primarily black and gold, of course.

breakdancing man with green hair, standing on his hand on a dance floor, surrounded by black and gold table decor in a hotel ballroom area

If ever a room were full of Pittsburgh pride, it was this one.

table centerpiece for a bar mitzvah, filled with baseballs and themed with black and white pittsburgh sports teams

Penguins jersey laid out to sign on a table, with custom name on it

photo of a candy table display in a hotel ballroom, full with black and white candy themed after Pittsburgh sports teams.

DJ Steve Maffei Jr kept the energy up through the night and the boys were all over the dance floor- and of course Jeremy went up for the hora, too!

Dj on the microphone talking to a crowd of teenage boys on the dance floor as they jump up and down shouting loudly at him

Mazel Tov, Jeremy on becoming a bar mitzvah! It is clear you are very much loved. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of such a sacred event. Here are a handful more of my favorite photos from your big day…

I really love being a bar mitzvah photographer in the Pittsburgh area. Happy to talk at any time about your or son or daughter’s coming of age ceremony and party! Learn more information here and then contact me to talk about your own child’s big day!

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Pamela Anticole is a Pittsburgh based newborn and family photographer. Her award winning style is thoughtful and emotional, and your client experience is both relaxed and fun!


Pamela will photograph your baptism, birthday party, anniversary, bar/bat mitzvah, or wedding in a documentary style learned as a newspaper photojournalist. It is her focus on real, natural relationships and ability to anticipate emotional candid moments that bring sensitivity to her work as a documentary photographer. Pamela is located in the Wexford area of Pittsburgh, PA and available for family photography within 45 miles of downtown Pittsburgh. She also offers photography education for parents both online and on location in person in the Pittsburgh area.