Tagged Bar Mitzvah

First bar mitzvah in centuries celebrated at reopened Budapest shul

(JTA) — A synagogue that was returned recently to Hungarian Jews following centuries of disuse hosted its first bar mitzvah in 332 years. The young celebrant, Yonatan Sebok, had his rite of passage event on Jan. 26 at the Buda Castle Synagogue, which reopened in September, the website Chabag.org reported Wednesday.… Read more »

These bar-mitzvah kids already are Jewish philanthropists

The members of the Brandeis School's 2017-18 seventh-grade class said they appreciated hearing from a range of nonprofits in their city. (Ben Sales)

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) —  Lyla Maymon and Jane Shvartzman went to interview officials last year at the Larkin Street Youth, a local organization fighting homelessness among young people, to see if their programs were worthy of a philanthropic grant. Maymon and Shvartzman asked all the right questions, like what… Read more »

Drake’s profanity-laced ‘re-Bar Mitzvah’ video filmed in Miami shul stirs controversy

In his video for the song "HYFR," Drake re-creates his Bar Mitzvah -- sort of. (cash Money Records/Youtube)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake’s latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel’s bimah than there are even during the High Holidays. And even though the song’s lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred, the Reform synagogue’s president said he hoped… Read more »