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December 25, 1990 | By Andrew Hussie, Special to The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
February 17, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
June 23, 1988 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
February 10, 1986 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 4, 1986 | By Henry Goldman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2005 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 3, 1994 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
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.
NEWS
May 24, 2004 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 22, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 22, 1998 | By Josh Goldstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took Harvey Penson almost 80 years. Yesterday, surrounded by family and friends at the Albert A. Light Memorial Chapel at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, he read a transliterated section of the Torah to become a bar mitzvah - a "son of the commandments. " The traditional rite of passage affirms the faith of young Jewish boys and girls and launches them toward adulthood. Penson turns 93 today. His daughter, Andrea Block, said he was never actively religious, but demonstrated his faith in his treatment of others.
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NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jake Vistoso and his brother, Evan, both wear hearing aids, yet had trouble understanding the rabbi at their synagogue in Newtown. Since Jake had just turned 13, he wanted to tackle that auditory challenge for his bar mitzvah project. The answer was a "hearing loop" - a strand of wire hidden under the carpet of the sanctuary at Congregation Brothers of Israel. Jake helped raise more than $3,000 for the loop system, which transmits audio from the rabbi's microphone directly into most hearing aids.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
When Peter Ryba, 89, opened the letter from a young stranger in the United States, the Australian businessman couldn't believe what he was reading. Are you related to Gregory Ryba, a young Jewish boy who perished during the Holocaust? the letter asked? Ryba was born in Berlin in 1926 to Polish parents. "We had a good life," he recalled. "We lived in an apartment and were financially doing OK - I had a governess and there was a maid. " In 1931, Ryba's little brother, Gregory, was born.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN TATTLE was a kid, an over-the-top bar mitzvah party was one held at night - with steak. "Star Wars"-themed bar mitzvahs were a big deal. So were sports-themed. Sure, a boy was becoming a man, but he was still a boy. Now . . . Matt Murstein , the 13-year-old son of NYC rich guy Andrew Murstein , had his bar mitzvah party at Manhattan's swanky Pierre Hotel on Saturday night, and London's Daily Mail reports that the entertainment was . . . Nicki Minaj . Makes Tattle think that the snake in the Garden of Eden may have been an anaconda.
REAL_ESTATE
November 24, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
When Debbie and Bob Fleischman were considering where they might live as young marrieds, they surveyed the entire East Coast, looking for a city with vibrancy and culture - and a home in that city that was within walking distance of a synagogue. The couple, who met as Yale undergraduates, live Judaism fully and joyfully, and when they chose Philadelphia as their hometown in 1984, they also became affiliated with Beth Zion-Beth Israel Synagogue in Center City. Predictably, their first home was on Addison Street, near the synagogue.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | Dan Gross
Bartenders at Smith & Wollensky should be singing the Foo Fighters' "My Hero" about the band's frontman, Dave Grohl. We hear the former Nirvana drummer, who we reported stayed at the Rittenhouse while in town for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend, tipped $1,000 after having one drink on Friday night, and another $1,000 Saturday night when he had a few drinks. Ali attends bar mitzvah Muhammad Ali was in town last November for the funeral of Smokin' Joe Frazier, but it turns out the boxing legend was back in the area on April 28 for the bar mitzvah of his grandson Jacob Wertheimer at Rodeph Shalom on North Broad Street.
NEWS
May 4, 2011
IN THE 1800s and early 1900s, immigrants poured into seaport cities like Philadelphia, and "they all would settle around where they arrived," including Jews, Italians, Irish and other groups, said Rabbi Fred Kazan. "In Philadelphia, they tended to be in South Philadelphia. Side by side were a synagogue, church, bar and bathhouses," said Kazan, who grew up around 5th and Federal and is rabbi at Kesher Israel, in Society Hill. "As the decades passed, those who were able tended to move south," he said.
NEWS
March 22, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2011 | By Dan Gross
TLC's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro , brought a huge, jaw-dropping cake to the joint bar mitzvah of Cory and Lucas Fraiman on Saturday at Ice Works, in Aston. A camera crew was on hand for the event, at which Valastro ice skated with the boys, who are both in the neighborhood of 13 years old, and about a year-and-a-half apart. Their parents, Kara and Howard Fraiman , run the Ashley's Angels charity, which helps special-needs children. It's named after their late daughter, Ashley.
NEWS
December 26, 2010 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is just after noon, and the restaurant is empty on what's supposed to be the busiest day of the year - Christmas. Owner Peter Fong isn't worried. Catering to synagogues the night before had nearly emptied the shelves at his Singapore Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant on Race Street near 10th in Chinatown, so Fong had to make a quick shopping trip to get ready for the crowd he knew would come. As Christians gather with family to mark the holy holiday, a Jewish tradition also plays out: going to the openings of new movies and eating at Chinese restaurants.
NEWS
May 27, 2010 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This tale of a fiddle, a young man, and his bond with a beloved Broadway show goes way back - to Babruysk, Russia, when pogroms were destroying Jewish villages more than 100 years ago - and then swings forward, all the way to today, to a roof in Center City. Well, a sort-of roof - one that floats nightly above the stage of the Walnut Street Theatre. Violinist Alexander Sovronsky sits atop it and plays a melody with a melancholy lilt in the first and final scenes of the Walnut's production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opened Wednesday after a week of previews.
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