A Trailblazer Who’s Still Going Strong

Originally published in Travel Weekly by Laura Del Rosso on August 24, 2014 Ellen Paderson was a pioneer 20 years ago. She opened a home-based travel agency during a time the business model wasn’t recognized or respected much. Today, the travel industry landscape is vastly different. Paderson and her agency, Smiles and Miles Travel of Easton, […]

Smiles and Miles Travel (Owner of Bar Mitzvah Vacations) Named in Top 15 Home-Based Travel Entrepreneurs in U.S.


BOSTON, MASS. (Issued July 2014) — For the second consecutive award cycle, Ellen Paderson of Easton, Mass., (shown in photo with husband Leon) and her Smiles and Miles Travel, Inc., have won the coveted Golden Egg Award from the American Marketing Group’s Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST). Paderson and Smiles and Miles Travel were […]

Paula Abdul – Bat Mitzvah at 51!


We just discovered this news in the Jewish press – celebrity singer/dancer Paula Abdul is celebrating her Bat Mitzvah at the age of 51! As noted in the Jerusalem Post, Paula, an observant Jew, will participate in Bat Mitzvah ceremonies at Jerulasalem’s Western Wall, during a 10-day visit to Israel.   On her schedule is […]

Best of the Best! Smiles and Miles Travel/Bar Mitzvah Vacations honored again by Travel Impressions


Ellen Paderson and Smiles and Miles Travel/Bar Mitzvah Vacations have been honored for the second time by Travel Impressions as one of the “Best of the Best” U.S. travel agencies. Travel Impressions, one of the nation’s largest leisure tour operators, assists travel agents in offering independent vacations to over 200 destinations worldwide. Their “Best of […]

Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Italy — Ellen’s visit with Rabbi Barbara Aiello


“I’ve been all over the world visiting sites that might be suitable for my Destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah clients. I select only those venues that foster both respect and reverence for this special time in a child’s life, and a sense of family bonding and adventure that will create cherished, lifelong memories. Rabbi Barbara Aiello’s southern […]

New! Bar/Bat Mitzvah Italy Tour – July 2013


Announcing our Family Italy Discovery Tour – July 4-14, 2013. Now, you can join other families in experiencing the full beauty of sacred Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies in a fairytale Italian setting. Then set off in an escorted group to explore Italy’s most famous sites and exciting cities: Rome, Florence and Venice! Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations in […]

Curacao’s Historic Synagogue


“It was so moving to stand inside this gem of a synagogue; envisioning the many members and visitors who have found peace and sanctuary here over the centuries”. Ellen Paderson Congregation Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. Its Sephardic tradition dates back to 1651, when Jewish merchants emigrated […]