Barmitzvah

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.

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Give girls a real batmitzvah experience

By Sarah Ebner, January 11, 2014

In two weeks’ time, on her batmitzvah, my daughter will read from the Torah. Jessica will be taking part in her first public act as an adult Jew, a week after her 12th birthday.

I am genuinely happy my daughter has this chance to leyn in front of our community. It’s all very different from my own experience.

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Creating a special day at Southampton shul

By Rosa Doherty, January 6, 2014

Southampton Hebrew Congregation held its first barmitzvah in over a decade.

Winchester-based Jon and Sharon Rachman had to create Sam’s barmitzvah from scratch because the Jewish community in their area is so small.

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Barmitzvah speech that went viral

By Dan Friedman, December 12, 2013

When barmitzvahs find internet fame, it is often because of their entertainment qualities — think showdancers and catchy pop songs.

Last month, however, Duncan Alpine Sennett caught attention for the power of his reasoning when he gave an impassioned defence of gay marriage in his barmitzvah speech.

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Go for it, Paula, you go, girl

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 1, 2013

It’s the time of year when the batmitzvah invitations start arriving. We have received four, propped up on the mantelpiece looking pretty in an array of matching black, white and fuschia. I love a batmitzvah when a “daughter of commandment” is now responsible for her decisions and actions in life .

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Parties for boys, yes. Girls? No.

By Angela Epstein, October 25, 2013

In recent months, words and phrases previously unused by my nine-year-old daughter have begun to creep into her vocabulary. Most days, references to “marquees”,”chair covers” or “mirror balls” pepper her conversation with the panache of a seasoned party planner.

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The comic side of being a barmitzvah Boy

By Isabelle Fraser , October 25, 2013

Zoom Rockman came up with a novel way to tell his family and friends about his barmitzvah — design a comic strip about it.

It was an obvious thing for the 13-year-old from north London, to do — Zoom is a talented cartoonist who produces his own comic and contributes a column to The Beano.

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Hail to the rights of passage

By David Aaronovitch, September 24, 2013

Despite myself I’ve been having a jolly time recently. And one of the jolliest of these times was at a 60th birthday party the week before last. The man whose emergence from youth we were celebrating is one of those welcome new friends of my middle years, so although I know his past and family a little, most of what I heard that night constituted news.

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Stop this barmitzvah madness

By Miriam Shaviv, September 3, 2013

It’s time to do away with barmitzvah parties.

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