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Bar Mitzvah: (lit. “son of the commandment”) a Jewish boy who reaches the age of thirteen, the age of adulthood in Jewish life, thus becoming religiously responsible for his own conduct; also refers to the event marking this milestone
Be’er Sheva, Israel’s ornate Pyramid Synagogue hosted a joint bar mitzvah ceremony for dozens of public school students, replete with a choral performance.
Some 50 boys and girls celebrated their entry into Jewish adulthood in a joint ceremony at S. Petersburg, Russia’s famed Great Choral Synagogue.
Uzhgorod, Ukraine, first celebrated the circumcision of 13-year-old Yisrael Krilati. One week later, it marked his bar mitzvah.
The Federation of Jewish Communities’ Military Branch organized the Bar Mitzvah of Russian cadet Oleg Tkacha.
Wesley Baer, born with Down syndrome, a genetic condition in which an extra chromosome causes varying degrees of mental retardation, celebrated his bar mitzvah at Chabad-Lubavitch
Elders pitch in after a grandmother’s appeal to a Dobbs Ferry rabbi
Joshua, the sole Jewish resident of Children’s Village, a juvenile facility in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., never expected to celebrate his bar mitzvah when he turned 13 this week. He has faced innumerable hardships in his short life, and is isolated from family an...
One of two Jewish students at school, he learned Hebrew and blessings with the help of a rabbi
Logan Botvin attended his first bar mitzvah this past weekend—and it happened to be his own. Held at the Chabad Jewish Community of Korea in Seoul, it was a chance to show friends and community members what being Jewish was all about. He was called to the...
A bar mitzvah that’s about healing in more ways than one
Yankees fans were ecstatic. Lefty Gomez and Joe DiMaggio had just helped their team sweep the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1939 World Series. In Newark, N.J., 12 year-old Bill Shank was happily anticipating his forthcoming bar mitzvah. Studying with the can...
With the help of a rabbi revitalizing a historic Jewish area, Samuel Lyons sees a milestone
The date of Samuel Lyons’ bar mitzvah passed by without celebration. But then, almost nothing went as planned for the hardy souls living in London’s East End during the Blitz. The term (German for “lightning”) refers to the relentless bombing campaigns by...
Students invite a guest speaker to wrap tefillin, and the memories start to flow …
The guest speaker at the Illinois Holocaust Museum posed an unanswerable question to the dozen Chabad eighth-grade boys sitting in front of him. Mitchell Winthrop, 88 years of age, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Mauthausen Nazi concentration camps, had b...
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