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.


Muhammed Ali celebrates grandson's barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

Former boxing champion Muhammed Ali has wished his grandson mazel tov on becoming a man.

Mr Ali's daughter Khaliah is married to a Jewish lawyer, and their son Jacob was barmitzvah earlier this year in Philadelphia.

Although the boxer brought his children up as Muslim, he is said to be supportive of his daughter's decision to marry someone Jewish and give Jacob a Jewish life.


Being Leonard Cohen's son - it's not all hallelujahs

By Brigit Grant, March 29, 2012

There is a quiz on the internet that lets Leonard Cohen fans measure the intensity of their admiration for the musician and poet. The site,, is ironic (one hopes), but for a high score a "serious fan" should have considered converting to Judaism; played unlikely Cohen songs at a barmitzvah or wedding; and carried a photograph in their wallet of Leonard's children, Lorca and Adam.


Cemetery shows off its celebrity resting places

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

One of the UK's oldest Jewish cemeteries is to offer tours featuring the resting places of well-known musicians, actors, writers, politicians and rabbis.

Cellist Jacqueline du Pre, rabbis Leo Baeck and Hugo Gryn, Barmitzvah Boy playwright Jack Rosenthal, agony aunt Marjorie Proops, actor Sydney Tafler and songwriter Jack Fishman are all buried in Hoop Lane Cemetery, Golders Green, which is admi


Yonatan Farhi's Barmitzvah Invitation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2012

The internet age means the old fashioned paper invitation no longer suffices. At least, not for guests invited to Yonatan Farhi's celebration.


Mazel Tov on your Bark-mitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

The barmitzvah ceremony is a time-honoured Jewish tradition celebrating when a boy becomes a man – or, for some, when man's best friend does.

The latest trend in US Jewish life is for the "bark-mitzvah", marking the occasion of a dog's second birthday, which translates in human years to a boy's 13th.


The barmitzvah boy who needs three wise men for Christmas

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

One of the last Jewish families in Exeter is in need of a Christmas miracle involving three wise men – to help form a minyan.

The men are needed on December 25, not at a manger but at the home of Dr Norman and Gina Gabriel, whose son Joe is to be barmitzvah.