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 […]

Peace Lodge, Costa Rica

Deluxe room at Peace Lodge, Costa Rica

Bar Mitzvah Vacations is proud to add Peace Lodge at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica, to our portfolio of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vacation Destinations! Located less than one hour from the San José (Juan Santamaria) Airport and only 20 minutes from the Poás Volcano, Peace Lodge offers the perfect setting for your family celebrations.  The […]

Family Bat Mitzvah in St. Thomas


“I told Ellen I wanted a family event for 18 people, ages 12 (Bat Mitzvah girl Hannah) to 76. It had to be close to Hannah’s birthday (mid-winter) and in a warm place. We wanted to focus on family rather than a big affair. We liked the idea of celebrating for a week in a relaxed atmosphere, […]