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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning

Having a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is something that our Jewish children/grandchildren take for granted.  From a young age they look forward to this milestone – It is seen as a rite of passage for every Jewish child.

Sadly this is not the case for all Jewish Children.  We run a programme in which your child can choose to twin his/her special day with a child from a very different background.  Whether it be a special needs child, a child at risk from Israel or a child from a small community in Belarus– the choice will be entirely theirs.  We are certain that whichever route your child chooses their twinning experience will be something very special – and one that they will cherish forever!  The twinning allows the overseas child to have a Bar Mitzvah and receive the resources required for their special day.

The Process:

  • Complete and return the form highlighting your chosen programme
  • We will find a suitable twin
  • The ‘twins’ communicate – we are here to assist and ensure all goes smoothly
  • We ask for a minimum donation of £360.00 to take part in the programme.

As our ethos is children giving back – we always admire those children who raise the money through their own means.

Fundraising initiatives over the last 12 months have included:

  • Walking the No 13 Bus route, the Northern Line or the Monopoly Board
  • Hair Braiding Bar
  • Football Tournament
  • Community Fun Run
  • Saving and donating birthday/Chanukah money

Alternatively, the minimum donation of £360 can be met through a family donation.

 Israel

We offer an experience through The Netanya Foundation

Through the Netanya Foundation you can choose to twin your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in one of two ways:

The first option is to twin with a special needs child at G’vanim school in the heart of Netanya. Communication between your child and their disabled child may be restricted, however modern technology has significantly improved the lines of communication and empowers disabled children be able to communicate in ways that they couldn’t before.

The second option is to twin with a child at risk who attends the “Moadonit” programme, which is an after school club for kids at risk. The children attend the clubs every day after school until late evening and only return home to sleep.

Orr Shalom

Orr Shalom rescues and cares for abused & neglected children who were removed from their homes by the social welfare services.  They provide safe, loving homes & material, psychological & educational support to enable the children to overcome their pasts & develop into independent young adults.

Twinning your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with a child from one of Orr Shalom’s foster homes will give the foster child the opportunity to have the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, that ordinarily they could only have dreamt of. Communication between your child and the child in foster care will also help in improving the child’s English language

Should you wish to visit Israel to either attend the Bar or Bat Mitzvah of your child’s” twin” or simply to meet him or her, this can be arranged.

Belarus

The effects of the Second World War and communism seriously reduced Jewish communities in Belarus.  Although in more recent years there has been much renewed interest in Judaism, the small communities would struggle to survive without support. The life of a Jewish child in Belarus is a million miles away from the life your 12/13 year old child enjoys here in the UK.  Throughout his/her twinning experience your child will learn so much about the life of a Jewish child in Belarus less fortunate than themselves.  They will communicate through e-mails and Skype.  Our translators will ensure the process is smooth and enjoyable.  Jewish children in Belarus have limited access to Jewish education, and therefore without your help would be unlikely to be ready for their coming of age ceremony.

For more information on the Jewish Child’s Day Bar/Bat Mitzvah twinning or to register please call 0208 446 8804 or email samantha.glazer@jcd.uk.com

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