My boy's small, thin Israeli barmitzvah

By Jo Sugarman, October 21, 2016

I have a confession to make. I'm not great at making a simcha.

You'd imagine I was an expert after two, but then we made aliyah and making the third in Israel was a somewhat different experience.

In the UK, I book my venue two years in advance.


IDF orphans' mass bar- and batmitzvah

By Nathan Jeffay, October 13, 2016

Dozens of Israeli military orphans were due to celebrate their barmitzvahs and batmitzvahs at a single event on Mount Herzl yesterday.

The IDF Widows and Orphans Organisation was due to hold ceremonies for 45 youngsters, followed by a festive meal attended by President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.


School insists on kosher-only simchah policy

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2016

Immanuel College has emailed parents to warn them that pupils must have a supervised kosher bar or batmitzvah party in accordance with school rules.

The independent Jewish secondary school reminded parents of year seven and eight pupils that they signed a contract agreeing to the schools policy on the issue, when their children joined.


World’s oldest man to celebrate barmitzvah, 100 years late

By Rosa Doherty, September 14, 2016

The world’s oldest man is to celebrate his barmitzvah in Israel later this month.

Yisrael Kristal, who celebrates his 113th birthday on Thursday, missed his barmitzvah growing up in Poland because of World War One.

Mr Kristal’s daughter, Shulimath Kristal Kuperstoch, told the DPA news agency that 100 family members will attend the ceremony in Haifa where he lives.


Row over fraudster's son's barmitzvah

By Charlotte Oliver, December 3, 2015

The son of a convicted fraudster will not be allowed to celebrate his barmitzvah in the main synagogue of his local shul, it has been revealed.

But Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue denied claims that it had ostracised the family of Dan Jacobs, insisting his relatives had "always been welcome".


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.