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36 Bereaved Girls Treated to Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Jerusalem

24 Shevat 5775 – February 13, 2015
The Jewish welfare organization Colel Chabad this week hosted a Bat Mitzvah celebration  in Jerusalem for 36 girls who have lost a parent. Most of...

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits Temple Mount

4 Heshvan 5775 – October 28, 2014
He also chided Tel Aviv for encouraging violence by cancelling a school trip to Jerusalem.

A Boy, a Camp, and a Bar Mitzvah He’ll Never Forget

10 Elul 5774 – September 5, 2014
In this Catskills summer camp, the custom is “Rocking this place like it’s never been rocked before”

‘Muslim’ Boy Escapes Arab Village and Holds Bar Mitzvah at Kotel

7 Nisan 5774 – April 7, 2014
‘Yesterday I was a Muslim. Today I am a Jewish man.”

Brooklyn Boy Killed By Van One Month before Bar Mitzvah

6 Heshvan 5774 – October 10, 2013
A Brooklyn boy was struck and killed by a van Tuesday night, one month before his bar mitzvah. Samuel Cohen-Eckstein, 12, was hit on Prospect...

Struck by Lightning at Camp, Ethan Kadish Battles Brain Injury

15 Elul 5773 – August 20, 2013
Tragedy has brought out the strength of the Kadish family following the summer camp lightning strike that left their 12-year-old son in critical condition. Now he is 13. His Bar Mitzvah will be in a hospital.

Maccabiah Games Draw US Athletes to Become ‘Bar Mitzvah’

14 Av 5773 – July 21, 2013
For American athletes, the Maccabiah sports even proves the games are about more than sports. Several of the American Jewish athletes were inspired to become Bar Mitzvah.

Shabbos Holds 100 Proof for Whiskey Lovers

28 Sivan 5773 – June 5, 2013
L’Chaim. Observing the Jewish Sabbath is secondary when it comes to saving a person’s life or performing a circumcision. But what happens a whiskey festival occurs on Shabbat? Hold a Whiskey Jewbilee.

64-Year-Old Polish Jew Celebrates Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel

21 Sivan 5773 – May 30, 2013
Both of his parents were born to Jewish families that perished in Auschwitz.

Be a Hero with the Aleh Foundation

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
This Rosh Hashana you can commit to be a hero, just like Fariba and Alexa Khorshad, Ariel and Adir Settenbrino and more! Read about the amazing volunteers of the Aleh Foundation.

Hollywood Star David Arquette Celebrates Bar Mitzvah at the Wall

22 Sivan 5772 – June 11, 2012
American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer, and occasional professional wrestler David Arquette is in Israel to film a segment in the popular Travel Channel series "Mile High." On Monday he celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Wailing Wall.

Drake: ‘I’m a Proud Young Jewish Boy’ and I Want My Re-Bar Mitzvah

26 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
Drake says: "When I had a Bar Mitzvah back in the day, my mum really didn't have that much money. We kinda just did it in the basement of an Italian restaurant, which I guess is kinda like a faux pas. I told myself that if I ever got rich, I'd throw myself a re-Bar Mitzvah. That's the concept for the video."

Sheldon Cooper’s Girlfriend Speaks at National Museum of American Jewish History about her Bat...

3 Nisan 5772 – March 26, 2012
The lovely Mayim Bialik, heartthrob of millions of geeks as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, spoke at the National Museum of American Jewish History to mark the 90th anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah. I absolutely love Mayim, who confessed to nursing her own little boy, Fred, through age 3 ("I believe in child-led weaning"). I just think she may not be the best advocate for rituals of adulthood…

Our Lives Have Been Turned Upside Down

29 Adar 5769 – March 25, 2009
Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I can't begin to tell you how important your column has been in this most trying period. To one extent or another, everyone has been tested by the financial meltdown.... some of us more than others, and I'm afraid that my family falls into that category. Allow me to give you some background:

A Small Giant… Esther Bluthal

18 Tevet 5769 – January 14, 2009
She was a very small woman physically, but she was a giant in Mitzvot and chesed.

Do You Understand?

28 Adar I 5768 – March 5, 2008
Do you understand the daily rocket attacks against Sderot, Israel?

Baruch HaShem: Other Views

2 Shevat 5768 – January 9, 2008
Lynn Russell's current exhibition at the Chassidic Art Institute challenges us with a piety that resists all easy answers.

Something From Nothing

1 Elul 5767 – August 15, 2007
On June 27, 2001, a single mother and her son landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel for a two-week vacation. The plan was that she would go to a seminary and he would go to day camp. Neither of them knew a soul in Israel, nor did they know any Hebrew and next to nothing about Judaism.

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