WATCH: Rabbi raps sermon at boy's Barmitzvah

July 7, 2015

Do you remember the speech your rabbi gave at your Barmitzvah? Gabe Knopf will after his rabbi, Rabbi Danny Bergson, of Pinner shul, rapped his sermon in celebration of the boy's Barmitzvah.


Thirteen, a lucky number

By Daniel Finkelstein, July 2, 2015

Last weekend was my son Aron's barmitzvah. Here are some more or less random thoughts prompted by the event. First, barmitzvahs are a magnificent invention. I apologise if that is rather a banal observation, but they are, aren't they? Watching your children come of age really is wonderful, life-affirming stuff. So having a ceremony to mark the occasion is simply genius.


Toronto teenager celebrates unique barmitzvah

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2015

He cannot move and needs round-the-clock care - but that did not stop Jacob Trossman having a barmitzvah.

The 13-year-old was born with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, a degenerative disorder which affects the central nervous system and has left him able to communicate only through blinking.


The ominous side to the latest trends in Barmitzvah entertainment

By Naomi Dickson, June 6, 2015

"And there was a woman in a swimming costume giving out sweets….", said my 12-year old-son on his return from one of the first of the merry-go-round of bar and batmitzvahs he's been invited to since leaving primary school.


Toon fans support 60th

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2015

There is little to commend being a Newcastle United FC supporter at present. But a group of "sad" Newcastle fans belonging to Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue put aside their footballing misery to sponsor a kiddush for the shul's 60th anniversary.


They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.


Daniel ends 15-year wait for a barmitzvah boy

February 26, 2015

It was a landmark Shabbat for the tiny Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Hebrew Congregation as Daniel Knight-Woodhall became its first barmitzvah boy in 15 years.

Forty guests from around the country attended the service and kiddush in the congregation's Newcastle-under-Lyme building, which it moved to in 2006. It had previously worshipped in Hanley, three miles away, from 1923.


Popular London simchah venue to close

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2014

A popular London venue which has hosted simchahs for more than 40 years is to close next year.

The Royal Majestic Banqueting Suite in Willesden will shut in April when owner Helen Goide retires.

Mrs Goide said: “I have so much enjoyed serving the community all these years and it has been a privilege and a great pleasure.”


My barmitzvah inspired the Martian invasion...

By Angela Epstein, November 6, 2014

The year was 1979. And, as secret peace negotiations were thrashed out at Camp David, Israeli television ran rolling coverage and analysis of the ground-breaking meeting that, it was hoped, would lead to peace with Egypt. Expectations were mixed.


Generations tied together by eventful 120-year history of family Torah scroll

By Charlotte Oliver, June 19, 2014

When Sam Vecht reads his barmitzvah portion next Shabbat, he will use a very special Sefer Torah scroll - one that has passed down five generations of his family, and in the process has been hidden from the Nazis, been shot at and even had its own seat on an El Al flight.

The scroll was commissioned by Sam's great-great-grandfather, Aaron Vecht, when he moved his family to Australia in 1890.