|Rabbi Yitzchak Hazan, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Rome, dancing with the bar mitzvah boys.|
The Rome Jewish community assisted again this year in making the coming of age of Bar Mitzvah a truly special event for boys from immigrant and low-income families in Israel.
Coordinated by Rabbis Yitzchok Hazan, director of Chabad of Rome who spearheads the annual effort; Avrohom Hazan, director of Chabad of the Sha’arei Aliyah neighborhood in the central Israel city of Lod; and Eliezer Hazan of Neve Nof, the celebration brought the boys and their families to Jerusalem for a ceremony at the Western Wall. .
Each boy received a pair of prayer boxes known as tefillin and a prayer shawl known as a tallit donated by members of the Jewish community in Rome. The boys were called up for a public Torah reading, and the day concluded with a festive meal.