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  • Making mitzvahs feel authentic

    August 22, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    Jack Kessler, 14, completed his mitzvah project last summer by working at a Friendship Circle camp for teens on the autism spectrum. He says the volunteer effort, which some synagogues require of their b’nai mitzvah students, helped him realize his priorities.

    “School is the...

  • Bar mitzvah honors child Holocaust victim

    By Ryan Torok

    August 22, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    “I’m just one of more than 18,000 young people in over 750 congregations worldwide becoming a keeper of the flame of memory in the first post-survivor generation,” Trevor Goodman announced from the bimah during his bar mitzvah speech, referring to his involvement with Remember...

  • Bar mitzvah fireworks have N.Y.-area congressman in hot water

    August 15, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    A suburban New York congressman was accused of soliciting donations from a constituent who sought the lawmaker’s help in gaining government permits for a bar mitzvah fireworks show.

    Eric Semier of Southampton, N.Y., was throwing the bash for his son and needed the help of Rep. Tim...

  • What happens to a Hebrew-School dropout?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    My 11-year-old son, Ari, is now a Hebrew-school dropout.

    I am aware that that’s the name of a comedy act and a line of T-shirts. But, for me, the phrase is not a punch line, but a punch in the gut.

    I imagine my response was just like parents whose kids drop out of high school:...

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  • Words from the heart

    June 27, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    The nerve-wracking morning of a bar or bat mitzvah will eventually be all that’s left standing between a student and his or her catered night of extravagant partying. The b’nai mitzvah coach already has helped detangle the Hebrew and trope, but the pressure of reading the Torah...

  • Snail mail or e-mail: How will your next invitation be sent?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home weeks...

  • David Arquette has bar mitzvah at Western Wall

    June 11, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Actor David Arquette had a spontaneous bar mitzvah at the Western Wall while in Israel filming his new show for the Travel Channel.

    Arquette, 40, read from the Torah and put on tefillin in front of the Wall on Monday.

    The former “Scream” star later posted on his Twitter account,...

  • Muhammad Ali attends grandson’s bar mitzvah

    June 6, 2012 | 11:24 am

    The grandson of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali became a bar mitzvah at a Philadelphia synagogue.

    Jacob Wertheimer, the son of Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer and Spencer Wertheimer, was called to the Torah on April 28 at Congregation Rodelph Shalom in front of 150 people including the boxer,...

  • Non-Orthodox movements continue making inroads in Israel

    May 22, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    After a Jerusalem-area’s religious council allowed a female Reform rabbi to participate in its proceedings, some advocates of liberal Judaism in the country are hailing their inroads into the Orthodox-dominated religious infrastructure.

    At the beginning of May, the Orthodox...

  • Big Sunday weekend’s bar mitzvah year

    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Its thirteenth year, Big Sunday, the Mitzvah Day that has grown into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, takes place this weekend, May 4, 5 and 6. Last year some 50,000 people showed up to participate in community service projects throughout California, according to Big Sunday...

  • From Bar Mitzvah to Yahrzeit, Breed Street Shul comes full circle

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 2, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    Milton “Muttie” Siegel celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1937 at the Breed Street Shul, the largest synagogue in Boyle Heights. Last month, Siegel’s family marked his yahrzeit, the anniversary of his death, at the same shul, which has recently been partially refurbished as a...

  • Barmitzvahman — Hero for more than a day

    April 25, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Who is the hero of a bar or bat mitzvah? It’s the 13-year-old, who, after a day of chanting, speaking and being bear-hugged by distant relatives, sees himself or herself imbued with powers of memory, eloquence and forbearance far beyond that of ordinary teenagers. But how do you...

  • Raising the bar brings zest, creativity to rite of passage

    By Rachel Heller

    April 25, 2012 | 11:05 am

    At his recent bar mitzvah, Noah Genco-Kamin managed to tell one of the most well-known stories in the Jewish canon — that of the Israelites wandering in the desert after the Exodus — in a way that no one present had heard it told before: from the perspective of a cow.

    Wearing a...

  • Drake gets re-bar mitzvah’d

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2012 | 9:44 pm

    Details of the latest Drake video, seen above (explicit version), from Bloggish:

    Drake released his newest music video this week, titled “HYFR” (Hell Yeah F***ing Right). It features a lot of swearing, dancing women in minimal clothing and fellow rapper Lil’ Wayne.

    What...

  • Drake’s bar mitzvah [VIDEO]

    by Six Degrees (No Bacon), JTA

    April 10, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Drake released his newest music video this week, titled “HYFR” (Hell Yeah F***ing Right). It features a lot of swearing, dancing women in minimal clothing and fellow rapper Lil’ Wayne.

    What makes this video different from all other music videos?

    Well, for one thing, the entire...

  • Moves Like Moses [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    April 5, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    A Bar Mitzvah A cappella song brought to you by Pella.

  • From the mouths of the babes…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 22, 2012 | 9:00 pm

    Somehow I’ve known all along that kids don’t stay kids for long (I know I’m a genius), but I didn’t expect to get ‘educated’ about various sexual subjects by a twelve-year-old boy.  More importantly… my twelve-year-old boy.  When this school year started, so did the...

  • The mirth of the Bar Mitzvah

    February 16, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Think of what might happen to the Jewish calendar if literary scholars got their hands on it.  Tisha B’Av would be classified as a tragedy, Tu B’Shevat would come under the heading of the pastoral, and Yom Kippur could serve as a soliloquy. But what would the bar mitzvah ceremony...

  • The double Bar Mitzvah — partners in time

    February 15, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Forty-five years after his bar mitzvah, Edward L. Moskowitz could not find the photos. They were lost in his garage, in a box, among shelves of such boxes, and were his only remaining evidence of a Shabbat he had shared in the mid-1960s with Marty November, his bar mitzvah partner.

    ...
  • My Jewish Life

    By Ilana Angel

    January 23, 2012 | 9:13 am

    This past weekend marked the 3rd anniversary of my son’s Bar Mitzvah.  In honor of the day, he was asked to read Torah at Temple.  He accepted the invitation and for the past week I have been listening to him practice which has been lovely.  It made me wonder, is my Jewish life...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  His...

  • A small voice with a big message

    December 7, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Jacob Tragarz didn’t take the easy route when it came to his mitzvah project — he went big. The 12-year-old student decided to raise awareness about the suffering and violence in Darfur by organizing an assembly for nearly 700 of his peers at Marshall Fundamental High School, a...

  • Seth Rogen won’t do your bar mitzvah

    November 8, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Jewish Canadian actor Seth Rogen sat down recently with the South African Times and shared some personal facts about himself and what he has learned over the years.

    Rogen reveals that he is a pretty dramatic person who doesn’t handle stress well. He also is pretty lazy and not a...

  • Less bar, more mitzvah

    October 19, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Everyone warned me that bar mitzvah planning was incredibly stressful — the time, the energy, the cost. I wanted to pass on the whole party thing when it came time for my son J.J.’s bar mitzvah. Just a simple kiddush after the service and then skip town.

    But after a two-year...

  • Extravagant Jewish celebrations — Have we gone too far?

    July 19, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    A wedding that costs $100,000? A bar mitzvah that costs $20,000? When did extravagance and luxury become such primary Jewish values? I can’t remember the last simcha (Jewish celebration) I attended at which there were not tremendous amounts of wasted food, overly expensive napkins...

  • James Franco Q & A:  His Film on Tortured Gay Poet Hart Crane

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    One has to wonder when James Franco ever sleeps. Hollywood’s most educated thespian — perhaps best-known for his Oscar-nominated turn as the guy who cut off his own arm in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” – has famously juggled acting on soap operas and in blockbusters (think Rupert...

  • Trading iPods for machetes

    April 25, 2011 | 11:14 am

    While most teenagers are notorious for clashing with parents over their perceived rude behavior, Jonah Li-Paz may actually draw more sighs from his family for being overly polite.

    “My parents get really annoyed — my grandparents, too — because they say I say ‘thank you’...

  • ‘Schindler’s List’ producer to mark belated Bar Mitzvah at Auschwitz

    By Tom Tugend

    April 21, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Branko Lustig, 78, two-time Oscar-winner for “Schindler’s List” and “Gladiator,” will celebrate his bar mitzvah on May 2 at Auschwitz, in front of Barrack 24.

    He missed his rite of passage as a 13-year-old because at the time, he was a prisoner in the very same barrack,...

  • The last Bar Mitzvah

    January 27, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    The following is a random sampling from my e-mail inbox:

    From synagogue: Did you receive the form for the Oneg Shabbat luncheon, which will follow Jake’s bar mitzvah? We sent the original in May. Please return it with your check as soon as possible.

    From invitation guy: The...

  • Ready for their bimah close-up [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    December 14, 2010 | 11:54 pm

    Indeed, bar or bat mitzvah training today has become increasingly reliant on technology to complement learning — from YouTube videos of kids chanting and online lessons with a cantor or tutor to on-the-go studies with an iPod. 

    Experts say new technologies can make b’nai...

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