30 hearing-impaired youth celebrate Bar, Bat Mitzvahs in new initiative

The Wednesday event started at Beit Knesset Nitzanim in Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood and then continued into the Old City for a tour and ceremony at the Western Wall.

 As part of its Judaic Heritage Program for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired, Young Israel in Israel, together with World Mizrachi and the Jewish Agency for Israel, helped thirty deaf and hearing-impaired youth from throughout Israel celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at the Western Wall in Jerusalem (photo credit: NACHSHON PHILIPSON)
As part of its Judaic Heritage Program for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired, Young Israel in Israel, together with World Mizrachi and the Jewish Agency for Israel, helped thirty deaf and hearing-impaired youth from throughout Israel celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
(photo credit: NACHSHON PHILIPSON)

The organization Young Israel in Israel, which represents the National Council of Young Israel’s (NCYI) expanding presence in the Jewish state, hosted a special Bar and Bat Mitzvah event for 30 deaf and hearing-impaired individuals on Wednesday.

Called the Judaic Heritage Program for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired, this was one of the initiatives started by Young Israel, and done in conjunction with World Mizrachi and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Statements by organization officials

“It is an incredible privilege for the National Council of Young Israel to be able to help facilitate such a meaningful and memorable Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration for these wonderful young men and women that are committed to thriving in every way possible despite the physical challenges that they face,” said NCYI President Rabbi David Warshaw. “This magical experience is something that these families will undoubtedly remember forever.” 

The Wednesday event started at Beit Knesset Nitzanim in Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood, then continued into the Old City for a tour and ceremony at the Western Wall.

 Over 20,000 people attend first central selichot service of 2022 at the Western Wall (credit: WESTERN WALL HERITAGE FOUNDATION) Over 20,000 people attend first central selichot service of 2022 at the Western Wall (credit: WESTERN WALL HERITAGE FOUNDATION)

Daniel Meyer, Executive Director of Young Israel in Israel, said that "there are few more rewarding things than witnessing a child who, despite his or her limitations, realizes that they are being counted and can celebrate in a way that respects their specific needs and interests."

"There are few more rewarding things than witnessing a child who, despite his or her limitations, realizes that they are being counted and can celebrate in a way that respects their specific needs and interests."

Daniel Meyer