June 2017 – Bar and Bat Mitzva Ceremony | Keren Hayeled

June 2017 – Bar and Bat Mitzva Ceremony






It began with the boys wearing Tefillin and reading from the Torah in the spiritually charged, enclosed tunnel section of the Kotel. Joy was abounding as the rabbis and staff personally blessed each bar mitzva boy with success.



The girls participated in the adjacent women’s section, also in the special ambiance of the Wall Tunnels, by praying, reciting Tehillim and adding to the excitement by showering sweet candies upon the boys’ Torah reading.




It was so moving to see our children start their road to Jewish maturity in such a holy place!



The group then proceeded to the elegant Montefiore Hall in the Jewish Quarter where we honored this milestone in their lives with a delicious, festive meal.



Our very own “Simcha Boys Choir” amazed the audience with their singing, bringing joy to those of our children performing on stage, and also to those in the audience.




Keren Hayeled’s Girls Dance Group also performed an emotionally-charged performance, demonstrating the success of our “therapy through movement” program.



Each bat mitzva girl received a beautiful, personalized siddur engraved with her own name, together with a loving hug from Girls Director Mrs. Leah Davidowitz.



Similarly, General Director Rabbi Matityahu Godlewsky gave special certificates of honor to all the bar and bat mitzvas, and conferred upon each his warm blessing for their continued personal and Jewish growth in Keren Hayeled and beyond!



We were so proud of the boys’ and girls’ accomplishments throughout the year in Keren Hayeled, and so would you have been. But more importantly, they were so proud of themselves! This is the foundation for their continued love for, and commitment to, Judaism.

And friends and supporters like yourself provide that foundation.

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