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  • ‘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...

  • A powerful way to make a point

    December 14, 2010 | 11:47 pm

    With apologies to Monty Python, the day can best be described as, “And Now for Something Completely Different.” The guests started filing in, anticipating the usual bar mitzvah service at our cozy little temple — maybe the only one named for a city that carries the name of a...

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  • Kids helping kids

    December 14, 2010 | 11:35 pm

    Ryan Gurman and Brandon Newberg, both 13, have never met. They live in different parts of Los Angeles, go to different schools, attend different synagogues and celebrated their bar mitzvahs almost a year apart. Yet over the past few months, the young men have shared a common purpose:...

  • Bat mitzvah gone wild

    December 14, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    When I walked into an on-call catering job a couple of months ago, I was genuinely thrilled to discover that we would be serving food for a bat mitzvah party. Since I had never had a bat mitzvah — let alone attended one — it seemed like a fun opportunity to create some memories...

  • Goldstone will attend grandson’s bar mitzvah

    April 26, 2010 | 8:51 am

    Richard Goldstone will attend his grandson’s upcoming bar mitzvah in South Africa, following an agreement with local Jewish groups.

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies brokered a deal between Goldstone and community organizations angry with Goldstone for his authorship of a...

  • Moves on Goldstone bar mitzvah spark brouhaha

    April 20, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Talk about shul politics.

    In the interest of avoiding a disruption of his grandson’s bar mitzvah, Judge Richard Goldstone, author of the Goldstone report on the 2009 Gaza war, told JTA last week that he would not attend the family simcha next month at a Johannesburg synagogue.

    ...
  • Group warns of Goldstone protest at bar mitzvah

    April 19, 2010 | 11:20 am

    A Jewish group in South Africa still plans to protest if Richard Goldstone attends his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

    South African Zionist Federation Chairman Avrom Krengel told the daily Cape Times Monday that his organization would still protest should Judge Richard Goldstone change his...

  • Goldstone barred from grandson’s bar mitzvah

    April 15, 2010 | 8:43 am

    {redirect="world/article/goldstone_barred_from_grandsons_bar_mitzvah_20100415/"} South African judge Richard Goldstone is being barred from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah. Following negotiations between the South African Zionist Federation and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in...
  • Goldstone barred from grandson’s bar mitzvah

    April 15, 2010 | 8:16 am

    South African judge Richard Goldstone is being barred from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

    Following negotiations between the South African Zionist Federation and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Sandton, an affluent suburb of Johannesburg where the event is due to take place,...

  • Inmates Celebrate B’not Mitzvah

    September 9, 2009 | 4:56 am

    Two women, identified as Carol and Pamela — not their real names — became b’not mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 5. Both are inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona, located about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The event is believed to be the first bat...

  • What to Do When the Kid Just Says ‘No!’

    March 18, 2009 | 3:32 am

    While the majority of young people preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah might not skip merrily into every tutoring appointment and eagerly look forward to the hours upon hours of studying (iPod tuned to the haftarah blessings rather their favorite playlist), they at least recognize...

  • Take Me Out to the Bar Mitzvah…

    March 18, 2009 | 3:11 am

    Roger Owens has been pitching with the Dodgers for 50 years, ever since the team moved from Brooklyn. His accuracy is uncanny, and he remains a crowd favorite. He throws under the leg, behind the back and even two at a time, sometimes more than 30 rows back.

    Owens, also known as the...

  • Expert Tips for the Phony Bar Mitzvah Boy

    March 18, 2009 | 2:54 am

    A few months ago, an e-mail message began circulating among religious scholars: “Film studio looking for someone to teach non-Jewish 13-year-old actor a haftarah portion for Todd Solondz movie bar mitzvah scene.”

    Since few details about this movie have been made public, it’s hard...

  • Reflections on a Bar Mitzvah

    By Tom Tugend

    March 18, 2009 | 2:46 am

    The large California branch of the Tugend family flew to New York to celebrate the bar mitzvah of grandson Benjamin at a temple in suburban Larchmont, N.Y., last November, just before Thanksgiving.

    Ben’s older cousins in Van Nuys had marked their bar and bat mitzvahs years...

  • Bar and bat mitzvah projects spread tzedakah worldwide

    By Lilly Fowler

    November 19, 2008 | 12:55 am

    From an early age, Erica Kitchin loved to read. So books were an obvious choice when it came time to select a bat mitzvah project.

    "I felt that if I could give others an opportunity to read it would make their lives a lot better," said Erica, 14.

    But by "others," Erica wasn't...

  • Centenarian celebrates fourth bar mitzvah

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 13, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    "If my mother was here, she'd probably be saying, 'Dayenu, enough already,'" said Dr. Eugene Gettelman, who turned 100 in June. "She'd think I was meshugge for having a fourth bar mitzvah."

    Last Saturday, Gettelman was called to the Torah, along with a group of seven women, at...

  • So you want to be a DJ . . .

    November 13, 2008 | 6:19 pm

    You've danced your last on the bar or bat mitzvah circuit and moved on to high school. But that doesn't mean the party has to end.

    For those who have dreamed of going from an infinite iPod playlist to playing live on the ones and twos, the bar and bat mitzvah party scene is a great...

  • Pinched pocketbooks no bar to party planning

    November 13, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Pinched Pocketbooks NoBar to Party Planning

    Have tough economic times forced you to scale back your child's bar or bat mitzvah party plans? With your 401(k) down, is the ice sculpture out? Is your resetting ARM making you reconsider that 18-piece orchestra?

    If so, you can still have...

  • VIDEOS: Wassup 2008 meets Jewish Wassup

    By The Web Guy

    October 27, 2008 | 11:21 pm

    Its been eight long years since the boys said wassup to each other. Even with the effects of a down economy and imminent change in the White House, the boys are still able to come together and stay true to what really matters.

     

    This is not the first parody of the Budweiser beer commercial, of course.  There’s this ‘Jewish Wassup’ from a few years back:

     

  • One more time with nachas —gift that keeps on giving

    September 11, 2008 | 4:17 am

    Our boys have surprised us by some of the choices they have made, and while we might not have made the same choices for them, we are proud of their growing commitment to living wholly, and holy, Jewish lives.

    Anyone who has planned a bar mitzvah can easily recall the stress of...

  • A boy becomes a man in Beijing

    By Alison Klayman

    September 11, 2008 | 4:12 am

    Isaac Shapiro managed to fit in a visit to the bimah during his busy Olympic schedule.

    After attending a night of competition at the Bird's Nest, and before seeing American NBA stars blow out world-champion Spain on the basketball court, Isaac was called to the Torah for the first...

  • VIDEO: Bar Mitzvah the Tradition

    August 2, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This video, an open source release of Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, gives a good, factual overview of the meaning and tradition of the Jewish coming-of-age ritual, the Bar Mitzvah.

  • Comic rewrite of bar mitzvah fiasco fuels ‘Sixty Six’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 30, 2008 | 10:09 pm

    British director Paul Weiland dreaded making the speech at his 50th birthday bash -- a lavish weekend of candlelit banquets, champagne on tap and celebrity guests arriving via helicopter to his 18th-century country mansion.

    The 45-acre estate swarmed with British film luminaries...

  • Help is here for planning a ceremony in Israel

    July 9, 2008 | 9:51 pm

    Given the negative press about over-the-top b'nai mitzvah celebrations, many families are rethinking the black-tie or other extravaganza, giving preference to true expressions of mitzvot. High on the list of alternatives is a trip to Israel, where the bar or bat mitzvah ceremony and...
  • The ‘speech’: Keep it short, sweet and colloquial

    By Ted Roberts

    July 9, 2008 | 9:44 pm

    Trust me, there are no rules about bar or bat mitzvah speeches. As a b’nai mitzvah teacher who has spent 25 patient years coaxing, wheedling and threatening his lovable students, I promise you there are no rules about that post-haftarah speech. In fact, there are few rules about the...

  • Hadassah Hospital inspires bar mitzvah charity project

    July 9, 2008 | 9:37 pm

    "Oprah's Big Give" challenges contestants to perform charitable acts by giving them money and resources. But Michael Feldman didn't need the artifice of a television show to inspire his desire for a genuine big give.

    The 13-year-old Santa Barbara boy used the occasion of his bar...

  • The second time around, Dubin is still a mensch

    By Rachel Heller

    July 9, 2008 | 9:29 pm

    Before a crowd of family and friends, the bar mitzvah approached the podium in the sanctuary of Adat Ari El and began his speech: "Today, I am a man."

    Peals of laughter rose from the pews of the Valley Village synagogue. Even the bar mitzvah himself cracked a smile -- at age 83,...

  • My (early) ‘golden years’

    By Jay Firestone

    July 9, 2008 | 9:11 pm

    My nursing home is my mattress, my "stories" are Sunday morning football and my "meals-on-wheels" program is a delivery of Buffalo wings. At 24 years old, this is my retirement -- from teaching religious school.

    For the past nine years, I've devoted a portion of my week to educating...

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