Mountaintop Ceremony Welcomes Jewish Girl’s Entry to Adulthood

March 23, 2009 12:00 PM
In a service fraught with meaning and with her family by her side, American Rebecca Singer celebrated her entrance into adulthood atop Israel’s historic Masada mountaintop. Planning a trip to celebrate their daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, Singer’s family turned to Rabbi Shimon Elharar of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Dead Sea to organize a meaningful experience for the girl, who has Phelan McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes a plethora of developmental and behavioral disorders.
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Friends and family of Rebecca Singer are greeted by Rabbi Tzachi Francis, director of adult education at Chabad-Lubavitch of the Dead Sea. The 12-year-old’s Bat Mitzvah took place in the synagogue atop Masada, an ancient mountaintop fortress overlooking the ruins of a Roman encampment.
Friends and family of Rebecca Singer are greeted by Rabbi Tzachi Francis, director of adult education at Chabad-Lubavitch of the Dead Sea. The 12-year-old’s Bat Mitzvah took place in the synagogue atop Masada, an ancient mountaintop fortress overlooking the ruins of a Roman encampment.

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