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Mastering Mitzvahs

Mastering Mitzvahs

By Xplosive Entertainment
This is a podcast intended both for families planning bar/bat mitzvahs as well as an outlet for mitzvah industry professionals to speak about trends, topics, and the overall state of the bar/bat mitzvah industry.
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Episode 107: Tips to Enjoy the Bar or Bat Mitzvah you are planning!
Within this podcast, we chat about the many different things you can do to ensure you enjoy the party you are planning.  With all the stresses and obligations involved in hosting an event, there are many tips and tricks we offer in this 28 minute episode to help ensure you get to maximize your time celebrating your son or daughter.  As always send us any feedback or suggestions for podcast episodes. 
August 25, 2022
Episode 106: Expected trends for the Fall 2022 mitzvah season.
Within this podcast, Mike, Jordan and Dylan chat about the expected trends within the bar/bat mitzvah world for the Fall 2022 season and upcoming winter months.  Things like colors, food trends, photo booth options, themes, balloons and even bounce houses have been explored within this episode.  As always, thanks for tuning in.  For more mitzvah tips, tricks and trends be sure to like and follow our podcasts!
August 12, 2022
Episode 105 - our last 6 weeks in review
The last 6 weeks have been insanely busy. We've performed mitzvahs in 4 different states. We've done some of the most lavish parties and some of the most simple events. All things considered each of these events were a huge success and resulted in creating incredible, once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. It's been a blast... This podcast features Dylan and Mike recapping all the fun!
June 13, 2022
Episode 104: Things to think of when interviewing a DJ or other vendor
In this episode, Mike, Dylan and Jordan give tips and their perspective on how to select the right DJ. As always, you will find plenty of great useful tips, tricks and ideas within this podcast.
April 27, 2022
Episode 103 - Working with inexperienced vendors or venues
In this episode, Mike and Jordan provide tips and suggestions for families who choose to hire a less experienced venue or vendor.  This episode also provides tips for professionals looking to break into the bar/bat mitzvah game.   As always, we appreciate you tuning in and look forward to seeing you on our next podcast.  Please like, share, and comment if you enjoyed this podcast.
April 13, 2022
Episode 102: Mitzvah Style... what to wear?
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike, Dylan and Jordan chat about fashion trends and fashion no-no's when it comes to dressing for success at a bar/bat mitzvah.  This was a fun episode with plenty of useful info.  We hope you enjoy.  
April 13, 2022
Episode 101: Guest Heidi Hiller discussing the role of a planner vs decorator and a discussion about event themes
Esteemed and accomplished event planner/producer/decorator Heidi Hiler joins the guys for episode 101 of Mastering Mitzvahs.  In this episode, we chat about the differences and the needs for decorators, planners and "day of" coordinators.  We also have a fun conversation about event themes.   To learn more about Heidi and her business, Innovative Party Planners, click here: As always... on behalf of Xplosive Entertainment, thank you for tuning in!
March 17, 2022
Episode 100: Celebrating #100 with a round robin of topics each discussed for 100 seconds
In this episode, as we celebrated episode #100, we played a little game.  The wheel of topics was spun.  Mike, Jordan or Dylan took turns on the "hot seat."   Depending on who's turn it was, that person had 100 seconds to talk about their assigned topic.   This was a very fun and light hearted podcast, however, like always... it provides great tips, tricks and trends for those planning a bar/bat mitzvah.  Thank you for taking this journey with us.  Please like, share and comment on this podcast. Cheers!
March 09, 2022
Episode 99... changing with the times. Trends old and new!
In this episode, Jordan and Mike discuss some current trends, flash back to old trends and talk about suggested trends for the future.  As always, all things bar/bat mitzvah are discussed in this podcast!  Thanks for tuning in!  Episode 100, coming up next week!!!
March 04, 2022
Volume Concerns (part 2, as covered by national news) and the Super Bowl Showcase revisited
Whew... in this 98th episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we discuss the widely spoken about news article in which a bride is suing her wedding venue for 5 Million Dollars for imposing a ridiculous volume limit to her big day.  Of course the guys at Xplosive have thoughts to share on this topic!  Then we changed gears and discussed a recap of last week's bar/bat mitzvah showcase taking place at the amazing Bridgewater Manor.  
February 17, 2022
Episode 97: Volume & Music Concerns... who's the party for?
In this episode, we discuss (in great detail) many of the hurdles we've experienced throughout the years and hope these stories help you plan your son or daughter's bar/bat mitzvah more effectively.  Think about the following....  Do you want to ensure the volume isn't too loud so the adults can talk? What are the kids doing to keep busy? How about music choice?  Are we focusing music towards the adults or the kids?   The bottom line is the party is in celebration for your child's accomplishment, becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, but how you plan the party may lend itself more towards adults or kids.  We hope you enjoy this episode!
January 27, 2022
Episode 96: Danielle from Bridgewater Manor and an inside preview of the Super Bowl Showcase
As we near episode 100 of the Mastering Mitzvah's podcast... we are excited to have one of our favorite industry friends on as a guest.  Meet, Danielle Purro from the Bridgewater Manor.  Danielle and her team are amazing. Within this podcast, we get to know the venue, it's capabilities, and some of its history. On Feb 13, 2022, we will be hosting our annual bar/bat mitzvah showcase at the Bridgewater Manor.   To learn more, visit: And as always... to learn more about Xplosive Entertainment, visit:
January 20, 2022
Episode 95: The non-stop dance party. Is this really a possibility? Or just a wishful image?
In this interesting episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, hosts Mike Langsner, Dylan Weisman and Jordan Marshall dive into a question or comment we get very often.  "I want to have a non-stop dance party."  So, in this 30 minute episode, we dive into this question and analyze is this a reality?  And if so, what does it take to achieve.   As aways, we encourage comments, questions and thoughts.  We are always looking for new topics, so don't be afraid to ask. Thanks for tuning in... 
January 06, 2022
Episode 94: 2021... a year in review. Top mitzvah moments.
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike and Dylan take a look back at top moments in 2021 mitzvahs.   It's been a great year.  We hope you continue to enjoy these podcasts.  Thanks for tuning in!
December 22, 2021
Episode 93: Last minute event planning
Planning last minute?  Sound familiar.  In this episode, Mike and Dylan discuss some advantages for last minute planning.  They also provide some cautionary notes too.  Regardless of the event type you are planning, this is a great podcast full of useful info.
December 14, 2021
Episode 92: A mitzvah in a Elite sports complex... an interview with Jody Greenblatt, a recent customer.
Traditional is not for everyone. Sports, energy, and high octane competition was exactly what Greenblatt family was looking for when planning Zach’s Bar Mitzvah. Jordan and Dylan chat with Jody (Mom) about what went into planning and executing this different and exciting Bar Mitzvah celebration
December 10, 2021
Episode 91: An interview with Andrea Hecht and a deep dive into her Top Golf Mitzvah Experience
Andrea Hecht, a top fan of Xplosive Entertainment, had the opportunity to celebrate her son Jonah recently.  This party took place at Top Golf in Edison, NJ.  Obviously this venue is non-traditional and brought it's obstacles and challenges.  Yet, the uniqueness of this venue made for a special, one-of-a-kind celebration.  In this episode, we take a deep dive into the mindset that brought the party to Top Golf, the challenges and the lessons learned. For more info visit: Photos from the party: and to learn more about Top Golf:
December 01, 2021
Episode 90: Where have we been?
After a 2 month hiatus, it was great to be back online and recording another episode of the Mastering Mitzvahs podcast.  In this episode, the three of us, spoke about the craziness of the last two months from travel events to last minute changes. Its been a wild ride, yet one thing always remains consistent... we always produce amazing events.   As always, thanks for tuning in.  Please, like, share and comment on this podcast. 
November 18, 2021
Episode 89: A weekend review and a look inside Dylan's "Oh S-it Bag"
As DJs, we are expected to carry around speakers, lights, mics, and sometimes TVs and stages.  However, it's the unexpected that we carry around which can sometimes make the difference.  In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we talk about these items and we recap some of the more special and unique events. For questions or more info visit:
September 22, 2021
Episode 88: A parties are back, it's a new season and what was Xplosive doing in California?
This episode was an exciting episode as the 2021 Fall party season begins.  While we are sad to see the summer end, we are happy to know events are back!!!  We also used this podcast opportunity to brag a little about an epic party we just had the honor of performing for in California!   Tune in, share, like, and comment!   As always... Thank you for listening!
September 08, 2021
Episode 87: Leveling up the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
In this episode, Jordan and Mike discuss ideas on raising the bar for your cocktail hour, introductions, dance sets, mealtime and event closings.  There are a TON of tips and suggestions in this episode.  Please tune in, like, share and comment! All things Xplosive:
July 01, 2021
Episode 86: A weekend recap, post covid events, tents, and some really big tips!
This episode of Mastering Mitzvahs included some really important tips for those planning outdoor events, tented parties and/or post covid events.  This weekend recap brings a wide array of tips and suggestions from Xplosive Entertainment owners, Mike and Jordan.  As always, for more info or to contact us directly visit: 
June 17, 2021
Episode 85: Getting to know Mastering Mitzvah's host, Michael Langsner
Following up with our previous two episodes, in this segment of the Mastering Mitzvahs Podcast, we meet Michael Langsner co-host of the podcast, Vice President of Xplosive Entertainment and experienced event professional.  Dylan and Jordan present questions for our viewers on facebook to get to know Mike a bit better.   As always, thanks for tuning in.  Please like, comment and share these podcasts.  For more info visit... 
May 12, 2021
Episode 84: Meet Dylan Weisman
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs we take a deep dive into getting to know Dylan.   For more info visit: 732-866-1620
April 29, 2021
Episode 83: Getting to know Jordan Marshall
In this episode (and the next few), we take a deep dive into who the hosts of the Mastering Mitzvah Podcast truly are.  Episode 83 is a look into Jordan Marshall.
April 21, 2021
Episode 82: A look into outdoor events with tips and suggestions
Based on the state of the world we live in, outdoor events have become the rage and certainly the "safe" way to plan a bar/bat mitzvah (or any celebration for that matter).  In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we explore the topic in depth.  We also do our best to provide a unique perspective and give ideas on how to make this celebration for your son or daughter special.   As referenced in the podcast, please check our our blog offering tips for planning outdoor events: Thank you for tuning in.  Please like, share, and comment on this podcast if you enjoyed it!
March 24, 2021
Episode 81: A discussion with guest, Jazmine Hype, looking back at the year year anniversary of the pandemic's shut down
We have 80 episodes under our belt so far.  This new episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, however, is extra special.  It's an hour long interview with our good friend, Jazmine Hype from Chicago's HYPE Productions, Inc and Loft 21 Events This podcast offers a deep dive into "pivot" opportunities both for customers and for industry friends.  More Importantly, it is a REAL TALK episode spotlighting some of the past year's struggles and some highlights. For more info on Hype Productions and Loft 21 visit:
March 12, 2021
Episode 80: Flashback and top memories of our Super Bowl Showcases
With COVID19 here, we were unable to host our regular Super Bowl Bar/Bat Mitzvah Showcase. Therefore, being that this is Super Bowl week, we decided to flash back and review our favorite moments of these Super Bowl showcases.  We hope our clients find inspiration and excitement In this cast as we review great past times!
February 04, 2021
Episode 79: 4 top reasons NOT to cancel your party
In these crazy times of COVID19, bar and bat mitzvah families are struggling with the tough decision to cancel, postpone, rethink, or proceed with plans.  It's a tough decision, but we hope within this podcast, we give some solid reasons on why canceling should not be your selected outcome.  As always, we appreciate you following our podcast.  Please be sure to leave a comment and subscribe to the podcast.   Thank you! Mike, Jordan and Dylan
January 20, 2021
Episode 78: Anxiety about the mitzvah... tips and suggestions on limiting the nerves
In this episode, we chat about the anxieties which revolve around the mitzvah celebration.  These anxieties exist from the parent's concerns about finances to the kid's anxieties about looking/sounding good during the formalities and torah readings.   In this episode, we share some tips on curbing the anxiety and celebrating pre or during covid times with less nerves. For more details or topic ideas visit:
December 04, 2020
Episode 77: The Art of a Virtual Mitzvah
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike and Dylan really chat in depth about the art of mastering virtual mitzvahs.  The evolution and possibilities within the virtual event environment are continuing to evolve, improve and become more available.  For those planning or considering a virtual bar mitzvahs, we hope you find this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs beneficial.  Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions. #virtualmitzvahs #livestream #2020events
November 10, 2020
Episode 76: the value of a great team
A quote from basketball legend, Michael Jordan... "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."   This is pretty much a direct correlation to the way we at Xplosive Entertainment feel about the value of having a great team working events. In this episode, we discuss teamwork and how it affects the final outcome of an event. For more details:
October 21, 2020
Episode 75: A party during COVID times with the Paradise family and Event Planner, Lisa Ivler
This episode of Mastering Mitzvahs has two guests, Jennifer Paradise and Event Planner, Lisa Ivler.  With Xplosive Entertainment in the driver's seat for the music and entertainment, Lisa Ivler worked with the Paradise family and helped them navigate the constantly changing COVID restrictions for their son Ben's bar mitzvah.  The theme and elements for "All about the Benjamin's" was perfectly executed.  More details on this party can be found on our blog: In this podcast, the team at XE interview Lisa Ivler and Jennifer Paradise and discuss the planning, the process and the interesting elements included in this celebration making the COVID restrictions into something fun and memorable rather than a nuisance roadblock.   #covidparty #covidmitzvah #celebratedontcancel #doit4thekids
October 11, 2020
Episode 74: An interview with a family who adapted and celebrated during COVID times
In this episode, we introduce the Burg family who celebrated their twin's b'nai mitzvah outdoors, safely and in an very fun manner during COVID times.  In fact, they postponed three times and had to change venues.  They said it was well worth it and were ultimately so glad they celebrated when they did.   #xeevents #covidevents #njmitzvahs
September 23, 2020
Episode 73: Recapping the weekend's reimagined events
In our first busy weekend back since the COVID event shut down, we proudly performed at events who took the initiative to rethink, re-envision, and reimagine the way they initially planned their celebrations.  In this podcast, we talk about all the great elements of these events and focus on the fun that the guests had as they enjoyed a celebration with friends and family.
September 15, 2020
Episode 72: We are back!
In this episode, Dylan, Jordan and Mike all chat about the past weekend back to mitzvahs and this upcoming weekend full of parties again!  There are certainly great options available for those planning events even in these uncertain times. For more info,
September 10, 2020
Episode 71: Micro Events
In this episode:  Mike, Jordan and Dylan discuss the concept of micro events and offer suggestions for alternative event options while we still battle the covid pandemic.   For more info visit:
July 29, 2020
Episode 70: Outdoor events with COVID considerations
In this Episode, Jaymie sat in for Jordan and joined Mike and Dylan to discuss the considerations of outdoor events.  The topic provided many tips and suggestions regarding outdoor events not limited to just at the house, but also suggesting outdoor venues capable of hosting incredible celebrations for your families.  For more info visit:
July 15, 2020
Episode 69: Summer time planning & COVID considerations
In this episode, Jordan and Mike provide listeners with a few ideas and suggestions of things to do during the summer to prepare for an upcoming celebration. We took in consideration events with COVID considerations and non-COVID considerations. For more info contact:
July 09, 2020
Episode 68: Jordan and Mike are back with an open format convo about current events in the event world
With little script or plan, this episode is an "all-over-the-place" conversation about all things current going on in the event world.  This episode is dedicated to our partner Dylan who was absent from today's broadcast as his wife delivered their first baby girl this afternoon! For more info visit:
July 01, 2020
Episode 67: Jordan and Mike are back and discussing branding trends and ideas in the "new normal" world we live in
This was a fun and uplifting episode of Mastering Mitzvahs where Jordan and Mike discussed some fun tips and ideas to help brand and theme your son or daughter's big day (especially during the "new normal" of Covid times).
June 24, 2020
Episode 66: The “Zoom” Mitzvah Ceremony
Jordan and Dylan discuss the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to hosting your mitzvah ceremony online. Learn some creative ways to bring to life a fun, engaging, and memorable virtual ceremony or service! For more info:
June 17, 2020
Episode 65: Outdoor Events
In this episode, Mike, Dylan and Jordan discuss outdoor events.   There are plenty of challenges to outdoor events, but equally they can be rewarding, fun and memorable.  Based on the current COVID regulations, outdoor events seem to be a great alternative to traditional venue settings for those looking to celebrate sooner than later.   Referenced in this podcast was a party called "Club J."  This party was produced by Xplosive several years back and is an incredible example of how an outdoor, tented party can be fun, clubby, dance infused and memorable.  Check it out: Here is another example of a great backyard mitzvah celebration: For more info visit:
June 10, 2020
Episode 64: Mike and Dylan on a rainy day talking about emergencies and back ups
When better to talk about about rainy day plans than on a rainy day?  In this episode, Dylan and Mike discussed things that can go wrong, how professionals handle these situations and what a family can do to be ahead of any unseen circumstance. For more details or to suggest a podcast topic feel free to message us at
June 03, 2020
Episode 63: with Guest Brynne Magaziner from Pop Color Events
We were honored to have Brynne Magaziner, an experienced event planner from the Washington DC area on today as a guest.  Our conversation revolved around current trends, tips/suggestions for those planning, and just through some natural conversation, we came up with some fun solutions for families planning during COVID times.   For more info about Brynne, visit:
May 27, 2020
Episode 62: With The Mitzvah Queen of Baltimore, Heidi Hiller
In this episode, we interviewed Heidi Hiller, of Innovative Party Planners from the Baltimore area.  Heidi is also a co-founder of Mitzvah Pros, a website and resource intended for mitzvah professionals, but now also providing helpful info for parents planning bar and bat mitzvahs.   We dove deep in the realm of virtual events, how to make them fun and memorial, as well as some of the things to think about when planning a simcha now, during the crazy Covid times.   For more info on Heidi's amazing company: Find Heidi at the following social media locations:
May 20, 2020
Episode 61: Things we miss about parties during this quarentine
In this episode Jordan, Dylan and Mike discuss what they miss most about events (after 8 weeks of quarantine).    For more info and/or to make suggestions on topics to discuss on this cast, hit us up...
May 13, 2020
Episode 60: Inspiration and Important Tips from the Mitzvah List creator, Beth Desmon
We were honored to have the owner/creator of "The Mitzvah List"  as a guest on today's show.  Beth provided our listeners with tips and suggestions on theme and trends.  We spoke a bit about COVID concerns.  And most importantly, we gained a great understanding of the value of adding event dates to her website, the to avoid "date competition." Fore more information visit:
May 06, 2020
Episode 59: Virtual Reality... how virtual events and options play a reality in today's events
Xplosive Entertainment’s very own Dylan Weisman and Jordan Marshall chop it up on the topic of virtual casting and how this will not only play a part in society today but how it will be a tremendous resource for the event industry going forward. For more info:
April 29, 2020
Episode 58: A collection of topics as well as tips on maximizing your time during the Covhid-19 quarentine
In this episode, Jordan, Mike and Dylan share some recent experiences, some predictions and provide tips for families who are home during this pandemic.  There are certainly plenty of things that families can be doing during these times to better prepare for their upcoming celebrations. For more info:
April 22, 2020
Episode 57: Spreading the love during the mitzvah process with Big Daddy
An interview with industry legend, Sean "Big Daddy" McKee who's tag line is to SMILE AS LOUD AS YOU CAN.  Sean is an inspiration and an incredible performer.  Dylan and Jordan had the pleasure of sharing the spot light with Big Daddy on this podcast.  For more info:
April 15, 2020
Episode 56: Our virtual showcase announcement & using steaming at events
As result of the COHVID-19 pandemic, we at Xplosive Entertainment have been learning how to use professional level streaming software. In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we discuss how this technology can be used at events.  We also used this episode to announce our virtual mitzvah "showcast" which will be an online and fully interactive bar/bat mitzvah showcase taking place on facebook live Wednesday April 15th at 7pm.   For more info contact:
April 08, 2020
Episode 55: Interview with Planner Amy Rubel
In this video episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we spoke with a great friend (who happens to be a past client), Amy Rubel from Rubel event management.    Amy is an accomplished event planner with an extensive background in bar/bat mitzvahs.  This episode is fun, enlightening, and provides great tips on when to hire a planner.  It also helps identify the difference of a planner vs decorator.    For more info about Amy, visit:
April 01, 2020
Episode 54: Handling postponements. How, when, when and a creative approach.
Still buried in the COHVID-19 crisis, we wanted to provide some tips and ideas for our listeners on how they can most effectively navigate the questions of how and when to consider rescheduling.   For more info or to reference the tips provided in this cast please visit:  MITZVAH MARKET NJ RESOURCE: APPY COUPLE: MIX CLOUD:
March 25, 2020
Episode 53: The Art of the WOW factor
Recorded live with video on Facebook during the COVHID-19 pandemic, Jordan, Mike and Dylan opted to bring some positivity and inspiration to the mitzvah community.   In this cast we spoke about various suggestions for WOW factors as well as how to accomplish a variety of wow factors. Thanks for tuning in.  For more info:   contact
March 20, 2020
Episode 52: The Corona Virus, concerns, precautions and how we are handling this scare.
Well... based on the hottest topic in today's world, we felt the need to chime in on our thoughts, approach and considerations in regards to the Corona scare.  
March 11, 2020
Episode 51: An interview with Andrea Hecht
An interview with a planner, a mom and a fan of our podcast!  Some really great
March 06, 2020
Episode 50: Top "regrets" or "wishes" that families speak about following events
In this episode, Mike and Dylan discuss the top items that they hear from families who have have planned mitzvahs.   Specifically, this discussion is based on the top items they wish they did differently.  
February 26, 2020
Episode 49: Factors for Selecting The Right Venue
Ok... this was an in-depth conversation!   There are so many different factors involved in finding and selecting the right venue.  This podcast features Jordan and Mike chatting it up about the factors to consider when selecting the proper venue for your son or daughter's bar/bat mitzvah. 
February 19, 2020
Episode 48: 4 hours or 5 hours? What's right for your mitzvah?
In this episode, Jordan and Mike discuss the topic of "how long should the party be?" Some areas are well known for 4 hour parties. Other regions typically have 5 hour parties.  In this podcast, Mike and Jordan chat about the difference of 4 vs 5 hours, when to lean one direction or the other. Plenty of great content within this cast.  Tune in and enjoy!
February 14, 2020
Episode 47: A recap of the Super Sunday Showcase
Jordan and Mike from Xplosive Entertainment chat about the recent Super Sunday party showcase.  
February 05, 2020
Episode 46: Favors, Give-aways, party props...
Hats, Tees, Glow Items, Blinky Items, Sun Glasses, Hats... It's mitzvah swag.  Is there a method, a plan, a reasonable quantity?  In this podcast, Jordan and Mike chat it up about give-aways.  We hope you enjoy!
January 31, 2020
Episode 45: Curve balls at events... The Show Must Go On!
In this episode, Mike and Jordan chat it up about some recent difficult and unexpected scenarios each have encountered at recent bar/bat mitzvahs.  This is certainly an episode worth listening to if you have an upcoming event you are planning.  There are plenty of tips and suggestions within this cast on ways to ensure you are prepared for the big day and any curve balls you may encounter! For more info, visit us at:
January 22, 2020
Episode 44: Successful Appointment Tips
In this podcast, we provide tips to maximize the value of appointments with event professionals.  Jordan and Mike speak candidly about appointments with clients.   For more info:
January 17, 2020
Episode 43: Attending showcases without being overwhelmed
As the party showcase season nears, we wanted to provide some tips and suggestions to maximize your showcase attending experience.  We love showcases and hope you take value in joining us.   For more info visit us at: To attend the superbowl showcase:
January 09, 2020
Episode 42: Our first video cast & 2020 New Year's Plans
This is our first video recorded podcast.  So if you want a peak into the behind the scenes, check out this podcast on our youtube channel, In this episode, hosts Mike Langsner and Jordan Marshall bring guest MC Joey on the podcast.   The conversation revolves around our 2020 New Year's goals and resolutions for Xplosive.  Like all of our podcasts, you will find some tips and tricks within adding value for those of you planning your own upcoming simcha.   Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
December 24, 2019
Episode 41: Last cast of 2019 - An interview with Xplosive's MC Mike Schaefer and Office Manager/Dancer Bridgitt
What a better way to tie up the end of 2019 than speaking with two of Xplosive's finest.  It was a pleasure having MC Mike Schaefer and Dancer/Office Manager Bridgitt on the podcast.  This cast discusses some top events, custom built items, showcasing and knowing what's right when it comes to selecting event options.  Tune in and enjoy!  For more details check out:
December 20, 2019
Episode 40: How to get more out of your vendors
This is a very fun episode full of value for clients.  We decided to provide tips and suggestions on how to get more out of your vendors. This goes for photographers, DJs, videographers, venues, etc.  We hope you enjoy and get plenty of value from this episode.   For more info, please contact
December 13, 2019
Episode 39: Some of our memorable events of 2019
In this episode, Jordan and Mike share conversation about some of the most memorable events they participated in for 2019.  Tune in and enjoy.  For more info contact us at
December 10, 2019
Episode 38: An interview with Photographer Veronica from Veroluce
Mike had the opportunity to interview Veronica from Veroluce Photography, an award winning photographer who focuses on bar and bat mitzvahs.  Veronica offered plenty of valuable tips and suggestions for those planning mitzvahs.  This was a very fun and informative recording.  We hope you enjoy!  If you want to connect with Veronica directly you can find her at: or on IG at @verolucephoto As always, thanks for tuning in!
November 26, 2019
Episode 37: A FULL week's review including the DJ's worst nightmare a trip to AZ and the most incredible photo booth options!
We had a lot to talk about this week.  It's been warp speed the last few days here at Xplosive.  This includes some amazing bar and bat mitzvahs as well as an industry conference and a corporate event full of unique activations.  This episode also touches on a significant close call where we were faced with a very tough scenario leading to a family's very important day.  Tune in and enjoy this episode!
November 22, 2019
Episode 36: Mitzvahs and Music
In this episode, Jordan and Mike talk about music at mitzvahs.  The discussion circles around proper mixing, playing for the crowd, making play lists, selecting the right tracks, etc.  This is a great episode full of useful music planning tips.  We hope you enjoy.
November 15, 2019
Episode 35: Planning and mastering a mitzvah timeline
In this episode we discuss all the different considerations when planning a timeline for a bar or bat mitzvah.  From rushing, to taking too long, Mike and Jordan discuss the pitfalls and accolades associated with different options.  We hope you enjoy this episode and look forward to hearing your thoughts.  For more info:
November 08, 2019
Episode 34: Dealing with difficult kids
As entertainers for Bar and Bat mitzvahs, we see it all!  Most often the parties are incredible and the guests are amazing.  However, at times, we have difficult kids.  In this podcast  we discuss some of the tougher experiences we have ran into as well as how we handle the cases.  We are also looking for your feedback, so parents.. if you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions, please reach out and let us know what you think. For more info and to share your commentary: or
October 29, 2019
Episode 33: Mitzvah Dancers/Motivators
Mastering Mitzvahs host, Mike Langnser and guest Dylan Weisman chat it up in this episode about the importance of dancers, as well as the many roles the dancers take at bar and bat mitzvahs.  This episode is full of tips for clients trying to figure out if they need dancers, how many dancers, how to dress them, and what to expect from them.   for more info:
October 24, 2019
Episode 32: A Venue Spotlight, thinking out of the box at High Exposure
Mastering Mitzvah's hosts, Mike and Jordan took this recording on the road.  We visiting Stephanie Schultz at High Exposure, an indoor rock climbing and Ninja Warrior training facility located in North Jersey only minutes from the GW bridge.  Stephanie provides her venue's guests with the opportunity to host unique and memorable events in a very fun and exciting venue.  Please  For more info contact: Xplosive Entertainment: High Exposure:  (201) 768-8600
October 10, 2019
Episode 31: TGIF - what should you be doing the Friday before your party!
Mastering Mitzvahs hosts, Mike and Jordan discuss the day before your party and some safe and encouraged routines to follow before the big day! For more info contact:
October 04, 2019
Episode 30: Understanding Pricing
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike and Jordan speak about the taboo topic of pricing.    With such vast pricing in the event planning world, we wanted to touch base and provide some valuable education to help our clients and listeners understand where pricing comes from, how it's figured, and where discounts can came into play.  We hope you find this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs helpful.   For more info contact:
September 25, 2019
Episode 29: Showcases, the importance of attending and some tips for visitors.
With some upcoming showcase season, we here at Mastering Mitzvahs wanted to share some tips and advice for showcase attendees.  We also are proud to announce two upcoming showcases: October 2, 2019:  The Fuge in Warminster, PA at 6pm Oct 17, 2019:  Industry at Beat Street, Huntington Valley, PA at 7pm. Dylan and Mike provide some valuable insight for those planning mitzvahs within this podcast.  We hope you enjoy and share this content with your friends and family. 
September 17, 2019
Episode 28: A weekend recap: Two extremely unique and incredible parties
This episode of Mastering Mitzvahs is a casual conversation between Jordan and Mike while discussing two very cool, very different and very out of the box events.  One was at an airport and the other was a pool party.  Both were so unique, fun, and memorable.   Tune in to get some ideas and inspiration for your next event. 
September 09, 2019
Episode 27: Here we GROW again! Big news to share along with some back to school and showcase details!
Xplosive Entertainment is so proud and pumped to announce another BIG change to our team.  This podcast announces it officially as well as provides our listeners with some important detail about back to school time and upcoming showcases.   Thank you for the support and continues listening!
September 03, 2019
Episode 26: Chatting it up with Bridgitt and Jaymie from the Xplosive Crew
With Jordan out of town this week, Mike took advantage of the opportunity to interview two key members to the Xplosive family, Bridgitt and Jaymie.  Both young ladies started with Xplosive as dancers.  Overtime each have jumped into different roles including photo booth attendants, air brush artists, and event coordinators.  Recently Bridgitt started working in the office at Xplosive full-time.  Jaymie has been in the office for a few years already.  This podcast featured both Jaymie and Bridgitt and included their thoughts and opinions towards bar and bat mitzvahs.   We appreciate you tuning in and following the Mastering Mitzvahs Podcast! For more info contact:
August 21, 2019
Episode 25: A round table with mitzvah pros: Adam J and Dylan W
In our 25th episode, we had the pleasure of bringing two industry friends into our office for a round table discussion about talent and specifically how we use our talents in the mitzvah world.  We hope you enjoy this podcast and value the content.   Big thank you to Adam J from AJH Entertainment and Dylan from Flare Event Group for being guests on our weekly podcast. For more info contact or if you want a topic discussed feel free to hit us up!
July 31, 2019
Episode 24: Photo Booths
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Jordan and Mike discuss the differences to consider when thinking of a photo booth for your next event.  From price, to styles, to trends, and unique considerations, photo booth options vary vastly.  Within this podcast, we share some tips and considerations for clients thinking about adding a photo booth to their next celebration! Within the podcast, we mention a link of unique examples.  This link can be accessed here: And, our main photo booth website page can be accessed with this link: Thanks for tuning in!
July 25, 2019
Episode 23: Mitzvah Photography Tips from Barry Korbman
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike Langsner interviewed the vastly experienced and highly regarded Barry Korbman of Korbman and Company Photography.  In this episode, Barry provides the listener with tips, suggestions and considerations when exploring the world of photography.  Barry also provides some great insight on preparing for a photo shoot and how to maximize your photography experience.   For more information about Korbman and Company Photography:
July 11, 2019
Episode 22: Summer Mitzvah Planning
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Jordan and Mike discuss some reasons why a family should use their Summer months to plan their son or daughter's upcoming mitzvah.   We also discuss our summer plans and some new items coming to the table for the 2019 season.  For more info:
July 01, 2019
Episode 21: Mitzvahs on the Spectrum
In today's day and age we find kids diagnosed with special needs more commonly than years back.  With that said, as entertainers focusing on bar/bat mitzvahs we are often faced with situations where the guest of honor has varying levels of special needs or considerations.   In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we discuss some of the cases we have been involved in as well as some tips and suggestions for families who are planning a bar or bat mitzvah for their son or daughter who has special needs.   For questions or more info please visit or 866.Xplo.Ent
July 01, 2019
Episode 20: Divorced/Separated Parents
Episode 20 of Mastering Mitzvahs is a sensitive topic, yet as firm believers in real-talk, we were asked to chat about this subject that has become a regular norm for us at Xplosive Entertainment.  Divorced or separated parents planning a bar or bat mitzvah is a real topic.  Sometimes, the parents work together to ensure that their son or daughter has the time of his or her life.  Other times, the two adults bicker like children and forgot the reason why they are planning a simcha together.  In this episode, we discuss some past experiences with divorced families as well as offer some tips and suggestions to keep the focus on the guest of honor.   For more info, contact: 866-Xplo.Ent
June 19, 2019
Episode 19: Timeline and Flow... tips and suggestions
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner discuss their thoughts on a proper timeline and flow for a mitzvah celebration.  Really every minute of a party was discussed from cocktail hour through the very last song of the night.  This episode is full of tips and suggestions for those planning a bar or bat mitzvah.  For more info about Xplosive Entertainment or to suggest a topic to discuss, be sure to find us! 732-866-1620
June 12, 2019
Episode 18: The 2019 Thirteen Year Old Party Guest
In this episode Jordan and Mike discuss their encounters with the 13 year olds at bar and bat mitzvahs as well as the way we try to connect with the teen. 
June 05, 2019
Episode 17: A double recap & a discussion about drinking at parties
After missing one week of recording, we are back with episode 17 of Mastering Mitzvahs.  In this episode we talk about some epic events and some difficult events and happenings.  We specifically touch on a host to drank a little too much at her event and needed to take a little break from the festivities.  We hope you continue to enjoy our podcasts.  If you have any topics that you would like us to discuss, please let us know! For more info about Xplosive Entertainment visit: or call 732-866-1620  
May 30, 2019
Episode 16: with special guest DJ Cory Minto
This was an exceptionally fun episode to record.  We called upon our original DJ, Cory Minto to provide some insight and ideas including his perspective on DJing, music programming at mitzvahs, and a unique event enhancement we offer called "Personalized Audio." For more information find or call 866-Xplo.Ent
May 16, 2019
Episode 15: A weekend recap | Topic: "DJ's have feelings too"
After an exceptional weekend of successful events, we like to revisit the "good and the should" on this podcast from time to time.  This specific episode has the general theme "DJs have feelings too."  Listen to the episode to get the low down.  
May 08, 2019
Episode 14: Preparing for the party!
Xplosive Entertainment's Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner give listeners tips for planning a mitzvah.  Suggested timelines have been discussed.  Ultimately, advice is provided to ensure a smooth flowing, picture perfect simcha!   For more info contact: And please join the Mastering Mitzvahs Facebook group at:
May 02, 2019
Episode 13: Introducing Xplosive's Newest Event Host, MC Gio
We are so proud to introduce our newest event host, MC Gio!  This podcast is our official announcement that Gio has joined the Xplosive family and will be representing the XE Team.    To learn more about MC Gio, check out his bio and page on our website:
April 26, 2019
Episode 12: Advice from Cindi Kaplin owner of Simply Invitations and Events.
Wow... this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs is chock full of really valuable information. Cindi Kaplan is the owner of Simply Invitations and Events.  She is a planner, decorator, invitation specialist and friend of Xplosive Entertainment! Cindi guides listeners with tips on decor, theming, branding, invitations, and much more!  This is a fun and detailed episode.  We hope you enjoy.  For more information or to contact Cindi:
April 18, 2019
Episode 11: How to be a great guest!
Episode 11 is a really fun one!  We examined all the funny things that, we as event professionals, see at events and call them out.  Basically... we explore how can you be a better guest at a party.   Did you RSVP on-time?  Are you dressed properly?  Are you getting in the way of the photographer?  These and many more topics are discussed by Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner on this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs.   We appreciate all of our listeners so far and encourage you to share this podcast with others planning events.   For more info contact: Or find our new Mastering Mitzvahs Facebook Group.
April 11, 2019
Episode 10: Event Enhancements Explored
Jordan and Mike visit the world of Event Enhancements...  Photo Booths, Live Talents, Games, Atmospheric Effects, Food Stations and more all discussed.  If you are planning a mitzvah or really any party, there are some great ideas discussed on this podcast as well as some very important logistical tips.   For more info, contact  or specifically
April 05, 2019
Episode 9: We explore magic at parties with professional magician David Corsaro
Magic is an incredible enhancement to any party.  Guests old and young all seem to enjoy magic.  In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we interview a guest and good friend of ours at Xplosive, David Carsaro.   David is an very accomplished magician who has performed for many celebrities.  He also is a regular host at an off-Broadway weekly magic show and David also teaches magic.  This interview is very informative about how a client can incorporate magic (properly) into their next event.    David is available for events booked through Xplosive Entertainment.  For more info: 
April 01, 2019
Episode 8: An interview with Boston's Johnny Kelly owner of Pure Energy
Mastering Mitzvahs, episode 8 brings another industry pro to the cast.  In this case, our guest is Johnny Kelly (better known as Johnny K) from Boston's Pure Energy Entertainment.  Johnny is widely known as one of the best MC/hosts in the mitzvah game. Johnny tells some of his story within this podcast as well as shares some really valuable information for our listeners.   To contact Johnny or learn more about Pure Energy, contact:
March 29, 2019
Episode 7: An indepth conversation with Chicago's Jazmine of Hype Productions and Loft 21
Mastering Mitzvahs episode 7 is full of incredible information.  We have the honor of interviewing the one-and-only, industry veteran Jazmine, owner and founder of Hype Productions of Loft 21.  Hype is a high energy and nationally recognized DJ firm specializing in bar & bat mitzvahs.  Loft 21 is a 31,000 square foot venue in Lincolnshire, Il.  Jazmine gives the listeners a TON of valuable information when considering planning a bar/bat mitzvah (or really any event for that matter).  We hope you enjoy the episode, find a sense of inspiration from the content and continue listening/sharing our podcast. For more information about Jazmine, Hype or Loft 21:
March 26, 2019
Episode 6: with guest Jessica Schwartz an Xplosive Client and the Sales and Marketing Director for iPlay America
This is a very fun and informative session where our hosts, Michael Langsner and Jordan Marshall have the opportunity to interview a very special guest, Jessica Schwartz.  Not only is Jessica the Sales and Marketing Director for iPlay America, but she is also a client of ours at Xplosive.  This podcast features her real-life experience and advice in planning two mitzvahs for her own children, but also gives her insight as a venue manager.  For more information about the incredible Event Center at iPlay America, please visit:
March 22, 2019
Episode 5: Weekend Recap March 15th-18th.
Mastering Mitzvah's hosts Michael Langsner and Jordan Marshall recap a busy weekend with 6 mitzvahs.  Here's an unscripted open conversation recapping the weekend.   For more info contact:
March 18, 2019
Episode 4: An interview with Venue owner Dave Esquanazi from Aurum, Freehold.
Mastering Mitzvahs episode 4 is our first "on location" episode where we visited one of our favorite venues, a place we like to call home away from home, Aurum.  This chic new event space is located in Freehold, NJ and is the brain child of owner, Dave Esquanazi.  This podcast shares some insight about Aurum and Dave and the incredible background that he has.   For more information about Aurum, visit:
March 13, 2019
Episode 3: A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT for Xplosive!
Tune into episode three of "Mastering Mitzvahs" to find out some incredible exciting news.   This is the official announcement that we've been very excited to share with the world!  This is our first episode with a guest.   Tune in to hear who it is!  
March 08, 2019
Episode 2: Weekend Recap: 1st weekend March 2019: "The Good and the Should"
Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner recap the past weekend, specifically three of the mitzvahs handled by Xplosive Entertainment.  Three entirely different mitzvahs with unique themes and timelines each at different venues.  
March 05, 2019
Episode 1: What's it all about?
The first official episode of MASTERING MITZVAHS, a podcast featuring Xplosive Entertainment's Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner.  Weekly discussions and guest interviews regarding all things mitzvahs including trends, tips, and talent!  For more information or if you have a topic you would like us to chat about, message us at or find us on or
February 27, 2019