The Sommer Family is filled with pride and excitement for the celebration of Jake becoming a Bar Mitzvah the weekend of November 9, 2019.  We hope that you will mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Lora and Jason Sommer


At 13, a young Jewish man becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism. "Bar Mitzvah" literally means "son of the commandments." The celebration of a Bar Mitzvah signifies that the young man is beginning and will continue to function as an active and responsible Jew in the synagogue and in the wider Jewish community.

Jake's Friday evening service , November 8 at 6:00 pm

Jake's Saturday morning service, November 9 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(feel free to arrive closer to 10:00 am)

Both services will be held at:
Congregation Etz Chaim
1190 Indian Hills Parkway
Marietta, GA 30068
Click here for directions to Congregation Etz Chaim


Saturday evening, November 9, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm,
we will be celebrating Jake at
The Metropolitan Club

5895 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Tel - (678) 527-2000

Click here for directions to The Metropolitan Club

Get ready to dance, dine & have a great time!


Attire for the synagogue(Friday evening and Saturday morning services)
Dressy casual service attire
Women & girls--please bring either a light sweater or wrap to cover your shoulders.

Attire for Jake’s Bar Mitzvah celebration on Saturday evening is Cocktail Attire


Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

5750 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005

King Room rate of $100.00

Double room rate of $120.00

Room includes breakfast at the hotel.

Please call (800) 228-9290 or (770) 754-9600 for reservations before October 8th.



click here for THE ITINERARY


Friday, November 8
6:00 pm – arrive at Congregation Etz Chaim for an oneg and light appetizers
6:30 pm – Stay for Friday evening Shabbat Services

Immediately following the service, join us for
Shabbat dinner at The East Hampton Clubhouse 
(2055 Kinsmon Dr., Marietta, GA 30062 - click here for directions)

Saturday, November 9
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday Morning Bar Mitzvah service at Congregation Etz Chaim
Kiddush Lunch immediately follows the service

7:00 - 11:00 pm
Saturday Evening Celebration at Metropolitan Club
(5895 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005 - click here for directions)

Sunday, April 17
8:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday Morning Brunch at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
In the Dining Room
(feel free to drop in and grab a bite or stay for a while)

click here for THINGS TO DO IN ATLANTA


Located in downtown Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water. Through a path of more than sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. There are also dolphin shows and beluga whales!

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Located downtown (and right next door to the GA Aquarium), the World of Coca-Cola is a permanent exhibition featuring the history of The Coca-Cola Company. You can taste different types of Coca Cola from all over the world.

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Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown (right across the street from the Residence Inn), the High Museum of Art, is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States.

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Located downtown (and across the street from the GA Aquarium) take the Inside CNN VIP Tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide.

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The Atlanta Botanical gardens is a true urban oasis in Midtown Atlanta. This 30-acre garden with a conservatory and fountains plays host to concerts, cocktail parties and more. A real treat is the treetop canopy.

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Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.

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The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Its purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.

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Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Zoo Atlanta is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. While animal displays draw visitors, animal research and conservation studies are also important activities of the zoo. An abundance of animals and plant species are found at the zoo, including 50 species of bird and 40 species of mammal -- over 1,300 animals in total.



TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a program for young athletes with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.  TOPSoccer was formed in response to the US YOUTH SOCCER mission statement, which is, in part, "to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition." There are many children with disabilities who can be provided with the opportunity to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem by playing soccer through the TOPSoccer program.


Transportation:  There will be a bus leaving from the East Hampton Subdivision Clubhouse at 6:15pm and returning at 11:30pm. This bus will be supervised.

Welcome to Jake's Bar Mitzvah website! We're really happy you'll be sharing Jakes special day with us. A lot of you have probably never been to a Bar Mitzvah, so you probably have tons of questions. There's more information throughout the website, but here's what you need to know in a nutshell!

click here FOR THE INFO

Q. What is a Bat Mitzvah and what exactly will I be doing there?
A. At 13, a young Jewish man becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism. "Bar Mitzvah" literally means "son of the commandments." The celebration of a Bar Mitzvah signifies that the young man is beginning and will continue to function as an active and responsible Jew in the synagogue and in the wider Jewish community.

So what does that mean exactly?

Jake has been learning to read Hebrew since kindergarten and he's gotten really good at it. He's been studying specifically for his Bar Mitzvah over the past year. Jake will read a lot of Hebrew at the service, but there will also be a good amount of English. He will lead the service and there will be a lot of interesting traditions for you to see. Please arrive at the synagogue by 4:30 p.m. and expect the service to last for approximiately an hour and half.

Q. What should I wear?
A. For the service girls should wear dresses and skirts. Boys should wear dress pants with a dress shirt & tie. Jackets are optional. They can also wear a suit if they want to. Please remember that you will be in a place of worship , so girls--please bring either a light sweater or wrap to cover your shoulders if you're wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress. And boys--you will be given a kippah when you enter the synagogue (& you'll wear that on your head).

For the party, the attire is Cocktail Attire.

Q. What will the party be like?
A. Lots of food, games, music, dancing...and a whole bunch of other fun stuff! We have a dj who will be entertaining everyone. After all of Jake's hard work, this is the time to relax and celebrate!

If you or your parents have any other questions,
please email us at or We'll see you November 9th!


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