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Bar mitzva celebration for 20-year-old convert to Judaism at Bnei David

More than 300 young Israeli men and women participated in a conference organized by Be’Artzeinu, the Mechina Alumni Community-Building Project, with the participation of Mateh Asher mayor Yoram Israeli and KKL chairman Danny Atar.

Monday, 08 January 2018 11:41

An exciting and unusual event at Bnei David, an Orthodox mechina in Eli: The students of the mechina organized a bar mitzva celebration for one of their peers, a 20-year-old who didn’t have the opportunity when he was 13 and converted to Judaism only after immigrating to Israel.

From the mechina’s Facebook page:

It was like a shock from a defibrillator.

How does the grandson of an assimilated family of Communists end up celebrating his bar mitzva at Bnei David?

A few weeks ago, the students of the class of 2018 discovered that one of their peers, who had come to Israel as a Naale participant and then converted to Judaism, became religious, and came to study at Bnei David, hadn’t ever had a bar mitzva celebration. His friends decided to solve the problem. For his twentieth birthday, they prepared a bar mitzva party with all the fixings. They arranged for a contribution of balloons, a musician (Choshen—the one and only Neriya Meushar!), catering, and even the contribution of a set of Maimonides’s legal code, a gift from Korim Navon Publishing .

As R. told his friends, every part of coming back to his roots was like a shock from a defibrillator: coming to Israel, converting, becoming religious. With each stage, he felt that he was coming back to life and getting stronger.

Congratulations, R.! We wish for you to keep fulfilling what we learned in the lesson on the pleasantness of bearing God’s commandments in the deepest, truest sense, as you already do every day.

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