Shimon had a tenth of one percent chance of recovery after being shot in the Second Intifada. Today, he is alive.
The bar mitzvah that caused an outbreak of COVID is the the nephew of former New Jersey governer Chris Christie.
The ceremony was held at the House of Ten Commandments, the oldest functioning synagogue in the region.
When the duo felt the need to celebrate a bar mitzvah of sorts on TV, and they called in one of their Jewish friends to help them prepare: the wild child comedian Eric Andre.
For my father, 87, the brit was the moment he had been looking forward to after a cold Maine winter on the St. Croix River, filled with snow flurries and coronavirus worries.
Chabad of Baka’s building fund prospered over the past year, bringing them close to the halfway mark of their $2.2 million goal.
Fully virtual bar and bat mitzvahs are, happily, no longer a necessity in many places.
The Book of Numbers is not primarily one of danger and warning, but rather one of promise and preparation, albeit seasoned with a healthy dose of realism.
One year ago, no one had ever heard of a Zoom bar or bat mitzvah.
“2020 has been a particularly difficult year for the deaf and hearing-impaired population," said the International Young Israel Movement director.