December 25, 1990 |
Brian Chernoff's "bar mitzvah tree" is now most likely a Christmas tree. Chernoff, 24, said a neighbor telephoned him early yesterday to tell him that a 10-foot blue spruce on his front lawn in Melrose Park had been chopped down. Chernoff placed a value of about $400 on the tree, but said its sentimental value went far deeper. "It was planted about 12 years ago to commemorate my bar mitzvah," said Chernoff. "I know it's not in the spirit of Christmas. . . . This is just terrible that someone would do something like this.
February 17, 2010 |
Jewish boxing champion Yuri Foreman will defend his title at Yankee Stadium in June - unless a bar mitzvah gets in the way. The WBA junior middleweight champion would fight Miguel Cotto there June 5, promoter Bob Arum said, if the bar mitzvah plays ball. Arum said the Yankees "leased out some lounges for this bar mitzvah and part of the deal was for a half-hour or so, they could use the big screen in centerfield to show pictures and all that sort of stuff," Arum said. "Obviously you can't do that if there's fights going on. " The alternate date is June 12 at Madison Square Garden.
June 23, 1988 |
All Jews are responsible each for the other. . . . Do not separate yourself from the community. - From a banner hanging in the David G. Neuman Senior Center This occasion was very special. The tables in the gymnasium held floral centerpieces, with red, white and pink balloons stretching toward the ceiling. The celebrants were dressed to the hilt, the gentlemen in their best and the ladies parading in gowns and their finest jewelry. This was no ordinary weekday visit to the David G. Neuman Senior Center at 6600 Bustleton Ave. The event was formally designated as a dinner-dance marking the start of the bar mitzvah year of the center, a branch of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia.
February 10, 1986 |
His knees shook and his voice faltered once or twice, like any Jewish boy reciting blessings for the first time in the synagogue on the day of his bar mitzvah. But Joe Hill, born 83 years ago and baptized a Roman Catholic, was not any Jewish boy. A real Philadelphia Irishman if there ever was one, with a ruddy complexion, Hill married a Jewish girl 55 years ago, converting to her faith a few months later. Yesterday, with much family fanfare, he finally observed his coming of age. "Today," he said with a smile, "I am a man. " Joe Hill did not have to have a bar mitzvah.
April 4, 1986 |
The bar mitzvah of the rabbi's son was a splendid affair: The entire congregation, about 725 families, was invited, along with 100 friends and relatives. They helped themselves to a buffet of assorted hors d'oeuvres, salads, desserts and wines while an Israeli band entertained. Since all the members of the congregation were, in a sense, the rabbi's bosses, surely, he figured, this could be considered a tax deduction. Now, 11 years later, the sweet memories of that Sunday in June 1975 are tinged with bitterness for Rabbi Arnold Feldman.
April 16, 2005 |
At a time in life when many Jewish children are preparing for their bar mitzvahs, Stephen Michaels was mourning the death of his parents, killed in a plane crash in England. Although his parents were very active in their Highland Park, Ill., synagogue, they did not believe in religious rituals, so the developmentally disabled 12-year-old skipped the adolescent rite of passage. But Michaels grew into a man who lives a full and active life, despite some mental and, more recently, physical challenges.
March 3, 1994 |
In the morning after the massacre of Palestinians in a West Bank settlement of Israel, Ari Ben Freedman-Weiss had his bar mitzvah at Temple Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. Ari is our neighbor's son, their oldest child. He's a quiet, sweet boy who captured my heart the day he knocked on our door three years ago, shortly after we'd brought home our newly adopted daughter. He handed me a simple thoughtful gift - banner, printed out on his computer, that read "Welcome Mariah. " He has knocked at my door many times since, bearing Boy Scout bags to fill with canned goods for the poor or his sister's outgrown playclothes as hand- me-downs for Mariah.
May 24, 2004 |
His name means my light, and to the community of people who love him, he is that. He prays with such intensity and spirit, and with such frequency and concentration and joy, that some call him "the little rebbe," or rabbi. He has Down syndrome. Even so, shortly after his 13th birthday, Lior Liebling did what many young Jewish boys could not do - lead an intense, three-hour coming-of-age service. It is no wonder, then, that Lior's bar mitzvah was one of the most joyous days Congregation Mishkan Shalom has ever seen.
March 22, 2011 |
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER About an hour into the lesson on Samson and the Philistines, the eighth- and ninth-grade boys talked about the power to fight anti-Semitism and how to stand up for themselves. "I had a situation where someone said, 'You're such a Jew,' " said Matthew Warner, 13, of West Chester. The eighth grader didn't just walk away. He responded, unafraid, telling the student to stop making derogatory remarks. The discussion about such exchanges came on a recent Sunday night at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Goshen Township.
May 10, 2016 |
PRINCETON - Tracy Letts' acclaimed, popular August: Osage County seems to have issued a challenge to American playwrights to create family dramas in which virtually every character is unsavory, yet somehow charmingly comic. Whether or not that was on Sharyn Rothstein's mind in her new play All the Days , which opened Friday at the McCarter Theatre, the script and its cast walked those fine lines with intermittent success. More serious elements of the play worked well but were buried amid so much middling-level humor that the play seemed unsure of what it needed to be. In this modern-day family scattered between Long Island and Philadelphia, everybody seems to have divorced each other literally or figuratively, but is thrown back together for a bar mitzvah.