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Bet Shemesh Bar Mitzvah Ceremony 2012
On 23 April 2012, 15 boys who study at the Bet Shemesh Education Center celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah in a beautiful
ceremony overlooking the Judean Hills. Like all of the boys at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center – a residential high school for at-risk boys – these adolescents come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Sadly, their parents simply could not afford to provide them with celebrations to mark the important milestone of becoming Bar Mitzvah.
This year, (2012) the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B’nei Mitzvah students. The day’s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood. The young men began their special day with their family and friends at a beautiful ceremony, which was followed by a luxuriously catered meal. In honor of the momentous event, each of the boys was given a set of teffilin and a tallit, as well as a wrist-watch. They were then taken on an exciting field trip to the Old City of Jerusalem, where they enjoyed several historical tours and ate delicious pizza. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Western Wall; a poignant occasion which held much meaning for the Bar Mitzvah boys.
We would like to thank the Goldsmith Family and all the other donors who made this special day of celebration possible.
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Rabbi Eli Goldsmith (<-click here for more) who co-organized the event stated, “sadly, many of the studentsat the Bet Shemesh Educational Center simply cannot afford to celebrate this special occasion because of their families’ financial hardship.” Donations enabled thestudents to tour the Western wall in Jerusalem and receive a set of teffilin and tallit.
Please note the other 15 boys received there Bar Mitzvah before and after (as they are not 13 yet) this special day when the time and money was available thanks to your donations to make this possible for all our students!
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Support the Jaffa Institute’s Ethiopian Bar Mitzvah Program and Donate on our new root funding campaign <- click here!
The Ethiopian Bar Mitzvah Program aims to help Ethiopian children who cannot afford to celebrate their Bar Mitzvahs because of their families’ financial hardships. The boys are provided with an educational course about the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as well as a set of teffilin, a talit and a small gift in honor of the occasion.
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