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Dear Family and Friends,


Please check back frequently as this will be updated as new information becomes available.


In the meantime, we hope you are staying healthy and safe.


We look forward to seeing everyone when we celebrate this joyous occasion!


With Love,
Barb and Dante



The Day Of

Bar Mitzvah Details

Date: May 1st 2021
Time: 10:30am to 12pm EST
Location: Zoom Online

Party Details

Date: August 28th 2021
Time: 5-10pm
350 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Hotel Accommodations

Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pittsburgh West – Green Tree
875 Greentree Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220

Phone: 412-922-7070

$119.00 | Open until April 21, 2021


PARENTS: Pull-off in the bus lane by the toll booth at the lot of the Gateway Clipper located at 350 W. Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; kids will walk down the path directly to the boat.









You may have some questions, here are the answers.

To anything not listed please ask our event planner Tonya Edinger or 724-968-7135.

What is a Bar Mitzvah?

 A Jewish boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13.  Bar Mitzvah means “son of the commandment.” When Ari leads the service on May 9th, he will accept the responsibilities of being a Jewish adult and following the commandments of the Torah.

 What happens at the service?

The service begins at 10:30 am.  Ari will have the honor of reading from the Torah and leading prayers as part of the morning service.   Some parts will be in Hebrew, but a lot will be in English, making it easy to follow along.  

 How long does the service last?

Saturday morning service begins promptly at 10:30 am and lasts an hour and 30 minutes.

 What to wear?

People dress nicely for religious services. No shorts or jeans, please.

Where do I park?

The main lot for Temple Emanuel is directly behind the building, but you may also park on Bower Hill Rd.  If you are dropping off a guest, you can pull up directly in front of the Temple, so they can walk into the lobby and sanctuary.  Please pick up from the parking lot below, since you may need to park and wait a few minutes. You may drop your child off at the front entrance.  They may need to push the intercom and state their name.

Cell phone etiquette?

Off during service

No picture taking

Jewish adulthood values (tikkun olam)

Ari has chosen to help out and donate his time volunteering at the Washington Area Humane Society. He cleans the cat and dog living areas, walks the playful dogs and plays with the cuddly cats. His goal is to complete 24 hours of service. Please consider supporting Ari and his project by donating using the link provided below and put Ari Plutko in the “honor of” section of your donation.

Evening celebration 

Gateway Clipper Prince 

DJ,  Party Motivators, Games, Photo Booth and dinner provided. Attire is casual.  

Ari is looking forward to celebrating and catching up with family and friends.

Ari is supporting the Washington Area Humane Society, because he loves dogs, he is aiming to complete 24 hours of volunteer service to the humane society.

NOTE: Please put Ari’s name in the “honor of ” section. 


1250 Bower Hill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania