The barmitzvah party behind bars


By Simon Rocker
June 12, 2009
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Five prison officials, including a rabbinical chaplain, have been disciplined after the following incident reported by The Times Online:
“When the fraudster Tuvia Stern arrived back in New York, he found prison authorities surprisingly accommodating.
“The former fugitive, jailed for three and a half years in March for fraud, was allowed to throw two parties for his family behind bars, even hiring his own kosher caterers and a prominent Jewish singer.
"He hosted a lavish barmitzvah for his son and later an engagement party for his daughter. For the barmitzvah, prison officials allowed 60 guests to party for six hours in the jailhouse gym last December in a detention centre grimly known as ‘The Tombs’."
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