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Ellen knows the best cruise ships and the best resorts!

Bar Mitzvah Vacations is the brainchild of veteran travel counselor Ellen Paderson, owner of Smiles and Miles Travel, a thriving independent virtual travel agency specializing in Destination Weddings, Honeymoons and luxury travel.

An inveterate, discerning traveler, Ellen almost never recommends a country, destination, hotel, cruise ship or resort she hasn’t already personally visited and vetted. She accepts only the best in accommodations, amenities and service from the exclusive group of venues selected for inclusion in her client itineraries.

Ellen discusses Bar/Bat Mitzvah options with the cantor at Curacao's Congregation Mikve Israel, the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere..

No amount of slick advertising or wide-angle web photography can substitute for first-hand knowledge of the virtues and flaws of any given destination. Ellen knows her product inside out. When the occasion is an important family milestone, clients need the peace of mind that money can’t buy. Both before and during travel, they can relax in the knowledge that Ellen is acting as their advocate and coach, smoothing the way to a memorable and worry-free experience.

After over fifteen years in the travel business, Ellen sensed a growing trend among Jewish and interfaith families, who were celebrating Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in a new way. Leaving behind the extravagant, stressful Big Event, they were opting for a more intimate family experience. She saw that, similar to Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, families could choose to hold services in a small, historic Caribbean synagogue or on a cruise ship, followed by a family vacation onboard ship, or at a beach villa in an all-inclusive resort.

After extensive research and travel to potential destinations, Ellen launched Bar Mitzvah Vacations in 2007, and has been helping families realize their dreams of a ‘different kind of celebration’ ever since.

Contact Ellen with details of your upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you’re thinking about a Destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah, bookings are available through 2013 and 2014, with tentative dates for 2015.

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