Mastering Mitzvahs

Mastering Mitzvahs
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.

50: Factors for Selecting The Right Venue
Feb 19 • 30 min
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…
48: 4 hours or 5 hours? What’s right for your mitzvah?
Feb 14 • 15 min
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,…
47: A recap of the Super Sunday Showcase
Feb 5 • 36 min
Jordan and Mike from Xplosive Entertainment chat about the recent Super Sunday party showcase.
46: Favors, Give-aways, party props…
Jan 31 • 26 min
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!
45: Curve balls at events… The Show Must Go On!
Jan 22 • 34 min
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…
44: Successful Appointment Tips
Jan 17 • 30 min
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:
43: Attending showcases without being overwhelmed
Jan 9 • 22 min
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…
42: Our first video cast & 2020 New Year’s Plans
Dec 23, 2019 • 23 min
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…
41: Last cast of 2019 - An interview with Xplosive’s MC Mike Schaefer and Office Manager/Dancer Bridgitt
Dec 20, 2019 • 25 min
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…
40: How to get more out of your vendors
Dec 13, 2019 • 30 min
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…
39: Some of our memorable events of 2019
Dec 10, 2019 • 28 min
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
38: An interview with Photographer Veronica from Veroluce
Nov 26, 2019 • 32 min
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…
37: A FULL week’s review including the DJ’s worst nightmare a trip to AZ and the most incredible photo booth options!
Nov 22, 2019 • 25 min
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…
36: Mitzvahs and Music
Nov 15, 2019 • 37 min
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…
35: Planning and mastering a mitzvah timeline
Nov 8, 2019 • 34 min
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…
34: Dealing with difficult kids
Oct 29, 2019 • 32 min
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…
33: Mitzvah Dancers/Motivators
Oct 24, 2019 • 35 min
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…
32: A Venue Spotlight, thinking out of the box at High Exposure
Oct 10, 2019 • 21 min
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…
31: TGIF - what should you be doing the Friday before your party!
Oct 4, 2019 • 16 min
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:
30: Understanding Pricing
Sep 25, 2019 • 39 min
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…
29: Showcases, the importance of attending and some tips for visitors.
Sep 17, 2019 • 26 min
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…
28: A weekend recap: Two extremely unique and incredible parties
Sep 9, 2019 • 17 min
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…
27: Here we GROW again! Big news to share along with some back to school and showcase details!
Sep 3, 2019 • 30 min
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…
26: Chatting it up with Bridgitt and Jaymie from the Xplosive Crew
Aug 21, 2019 • 27 min
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…
25: A round table with mitzvah pros: Adam J and Dylan W
Jul 31, 2019 • 35 min
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…
24: Photo Booths
Jul 25, 2019 • 27 min
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…
23: Mitzvah Photography Tips from Barry Korbman
Jul 11, 2019 • 40 min
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…
22: Summer Mitzvah Planning
Jul 1, 2019 • 24 min
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…
21: Mitzvahs on the Spectrum
Jul 1, 2019 • 27 min
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…
20: Divorced/Separated Parents
Jun 19, 2019 • 23 min
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…
19: Timeline and Flow… tips and suggestions
Jun 12, 2019 • 43 min
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…
18: The 2019 Thirteen Year Old Party Guest
Jun 5, 2019 • 29 min
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.
17: A double recap & a discussion about drinking at parties
May 30, 2019 • 32 min
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…
16: with special guest DJ Cory Minto
May 16, 2019 • 25 min
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…
15: A weekend recap | Topic: “DJ’s have feelings too”
May 8, 2019 • 31 min
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.
14: Preparing for the party!
May 2, 2019 • 30 min
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:…
13: Introducing Xplosive’s Newest Event Host, MC Gio
Apr 26, 2019 • 19 min
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:…
12: Advice from Cindi Kaplin owner of Simply Invitations and Events.
Apr 18, 2019 • 35 min
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…
11: How to be a great guest!
Apr 11, 2019 • 34 min
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…
10: Event Enhancements Explored
Apr 5, 2019 • 34 min
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…
9: We explore magic at parties with professional magician David Corsaro
Apr 1, 2019 • 33 min
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…
8: An interview with Boston’s Johnny Kelly owner of Pure Energy
Mar 29, 2019 • 42 min
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.…
7: An indepth conversation with Chicago’s Jazmine of Hype Productions and Loft 21
Mar 26, 2019 • 41 min
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…
6: with guest Jessica Schwartz an Xplosive Client and the Sales and Marketing Director for iPlay America
Mar 22, 2019 • 40 min
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…
5: Weekend Recap March 15th-18th.
Mar 18, 2019 • 31 min
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:
4: An interview with Venue owner Dave Esquanazi from Aurum, Freehold.
Mar 13, 2019 • 28 min
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…
3: A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT for Xplosive!
Mar 8, 2019 • 30 min
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!
2: Weekend Recap: 1st weekend March 2019: “The Good and the Should”
Mar 5, 2019 • 42 min
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.
1: What’s it all about?
Feb 27, 2019 • 31 min
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…