Swartz Twins Celebrate Double Mitzvah
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Swartz Twins Celebrate Double Mitzvah

After a year of pandemic living, the Swartz twins were glad that guests could let loose outdoors at Skyline Park.

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  • Gabi and Tyler spend lots of time together but still maintain separate interests. // Photography by Chuck Robertson
    Gabi and Tyler spend lots of time together but still maintain separate interests. // Photography by Chuck Robertson
  • Young guests file out of the elevator at Ponce City Market to have fun with Gabi and Tyler.
    Young guests file out of the elevator at Ponce City Market to have fun with Gabi and Tyler.
  • 2 The Swartz’s theme incorporated what makes Atlanta great.
    2 The Swartz’s theme incorporated what makes Atlanta great.
  • Guests enjoy Skyline Park with a Coney Island-style boardwalk.
    Guests enjoy Skyline Park with a Coney Island-style boardwalk.
  • The twins display their golf and soccer-themed pillows.
    The twins display their golf and soccer-themed pillows.
  • Maddie, Tyler, Kim, Gabi and Jonathan get the party started.
    Maddie, Tyler, Kim, Gabi and Jonathan get the party started.
  • Bold Catering provided a copious buffet touting the South.
    Bold Catering provided a copious buffet touting the South.
  • “Raise the Roof” held extra meaning from the top of PCM.
    “Raise the Roof” held extra meaning from the top of PCM.

Gabrielle (Gabi) Claire and Tyler Benjamin Swartz celebrated their b’nai mitzvah last May at Temple Sinai. The son and daughter of Kimberly and Jonathan Swartz — and younger siblings to Madeline — had the parsha Naso, which also happened to be Maddie’s parsha in May 2018.

During the service, they wore tallit purchased by Maddie during her eighth-grade trip to Israel with Davis Academy. While reading from the Torah, Tyler also wore a tallit that belonged to his maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Dornfest.

The twins display their golf and soccer-themed pillows.

Then the post-ceremony festivities began at the popular Ponce City Market. For the party, Gabi wore a silver sequined Jovani dress with custom painted Nike Air Force One high tops. Tyler wore a Brooks Brothers khaki suit and Vineyard Vines tie.

2 The Swartz’s theme incorporated what makes Atlanta great.

“Choosing a twin mitzvah party theme isn’t easy, especially with a boy and girl,” said mom Kim Swartz. “As native Atlantans, we decided that our hometown could be a great theme, with the slogan, ‘Raise the Roof.’

Kim was doodling one day and figured out that ‘ATL, GA’ incorporated both Tyler and Gabi’s first initials, so the design team got to work on creating logos. Gabi used a soccer ball next to her G and Tyler had a golf club propped against his T. The centerpieces included Coca-Cola bottles and Delta airplanes.”

The twins, who are eighth graders at Davis Academy, are best friends, choosing to spend a good deal of time together. They are both excellent students, but also have different interests in and out of the classroom. Gabi has been playing select soccer since she was eight. She enjoys traveling to tournaments around the country with her teammates, while Tyler prefers to focus on individual sports such as golf and sailing. Tyler also has a passion for history and geography and enjoys traveling to many of the places about which he has studied.

Guests enjoy Skyline Park with a Coney Island-style boardwalk.

All three Swartz kids have attended Camp Seafarer and Camp Sea Gull on the North Carolina coast, so for their mitzvah project, Gabi and Tyler raised money to send less fortunate kids to camp. They want more children to be able to experience sleepaway camp as they have, growing in self-confidence, independence, resilience and the ability to learn new skills and make new friends.

Tyler used his sailing expertise to race Sunfish sailboats in a camp regatta, raising $2,000, while Gabi joined her mom and sister in the annual Charleston Half Marathon and 5K with a team of camp friends and counselors. Their “Run a Kid to Camp” team raised enough funds to send several girls from single-parent households to camp. Participating in their mitzvah projects was a rewarding experience for Gabi and Tyler. They plan to continue volunteering with the camp and other philanthropies in the future.

Maddie, Tyler, Kim, Gabi and Jonathan get the party started.

Party planner Tara Kornblum, of Bluming Creativity, was no stranger. Kornblum had worked with Tara previously on Maddie’s bat mitzvah at Summerour Studio. “It was a ‘no brainer’ to use Tara and many of our same vendors,” Kim said. “The twins’ original mitzvah date was May 30, 2020 — for which they had been specifically studying. Because of COVID, after a few stressful weeks, we decided to reschedule.

Waiting an entire year seemed excessive, but it turned out to be the best solution. We were fortunate that most everyone was vaccinated by then; and since we were outdoors on the rooftop, masks were optional. Our family couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. The party began with a cocktail hour for the adults, while the kids had the opportunity to play retro games in Skyline Park with a Coney Island-style boardwalk including mini golf, horse derby race, basketball, Skee-Ball, and break-a-plate.”

Bold Catering provided a copious buffet touting the South.

The catering options featured cedar plank salmon with grilled vegetables and several salad choices; a Korean bulgogi station; and a South City Kitchen southern food station. Desserts included bourbon peach pie, key lime pie, a soda “pop” station where chefs prepared sabayon on dry ice blocks and a mini doughnut display from Five Daughters Bakery.

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