Madonna and Guy Ritchie reunite to celebrate son's barmitzvah

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Madonna has celebrated the barmitzvah of her son Rocco in New York.

The singer was joined by ex-husband British director Guy Ritchie at the ceremony at the city's Kaballah Centre last Saturday.

Neither Madonna or Mr Ritchie is Jewish, but the singer has studied Jewish mysticism for over a decade and has adopted the Hebrew name Esther.

She is rumoured to be house hunting in Israel.


JFS student celebrates his barmitzvah with an art exhibit

By Zoe Winograd, January 11, 2013

Some barmitzvah boys ask for Beyoncé. But JFS pupil Ethan Djanogly is marking his barmitzvah next month with an art show — at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Ethan is a passionate photographer and his parents have helped him stage his first exhibition, with 25 of his pictures going on show at RIBA in central London. His barmitzvah reception will be held at RIBA, too.


Netanyahu attends Taglit-Birthright’s ‘barmitzvah’

By Zoe Winograd, January 9, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ‘barmitzvah party’ of Taglit-Birthright on Monday night in Jerusalem.

Three thousand young Jews taking part in this year’s Birthright programme filled Jerusalem’s International Convention Centre to celebrate the end of their ten-day trip, which coincided with the programme’s 13th year.


Gift horse with rotten mouths

By David Robson, November 11, 2012

The other day, I came across one of my barmitzvah presents — a beautiful, old, not so say ancient, evening scarf. Cream silk it is, with black-and-white silk fringes and my initials embroidered on it. It came from Sulka (of New York, London and Paris), a gentlemen’s outfitters who had catered for the Duke Of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford and Clark Gable.


A Womans Work: My simchah is in crisis - get me a celebrity

By Keren David, September 13, 2012

This is it. New Year is upon me. I can deny it no longer. My son is barmitzvah this year and — assuming I get my act together — it is happening in January.


Barmitzvah boy video is a YouTube hit

By Sandy Rashty, September 10, 2012

A barmitzvah video has gone viral after a clip emerged on YouTube this summer.

The three-minute video, which has received nearly 3 million views, features a Brazilian barmitzvah boy lip synching to the tune of British boy band One Direction’s hit, “What Makes You Beautiful.”


Nissim Ourfali's beautiful Brazilian barmitzvah video

By Jennifer Lipman, September 10, 2012

Who says celebrating a barmitzvah can't move with the times? Brazilian teen Nissim Ourfali lip-syncs with the best of them on this video celebrating his coming of age, to the tune of What makes you beautiful by One Direction.


Drake — the rap star who performs at barmitzvahs

By Paul Lester, July 26, 2012

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is one of the world's most successful performers, and without doubt the most popular Jewish rapper/singer - his father, Dennis Graham, is an African-American musician from Memphis, but his mother, Sandi, is a Jewish Canadian.


Obama asks barmitzvah boys for campaign help

By Jennifer Lipman, June 25, 2012

The intended donors are five years away from being able to cast a vote, but Barack Obama's campaign team is hoping to enlist the support of barmitzvah boys across the United States.

On the president's official re-election website, supporters are asked whether they have "a special milestone or event coming up?".


David Arquette celebrates his barmitzvah at Jerusalem's Western Wall

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Hollywood actor David Arquette has celebrated his barmitzvah at the Kotel.

The Scream star, who was once married to Friends actress Courtney Cox, is Jewish but was brought up on a commune and as a 13-year-old did not have the chance to celebrate his religious coming of age.