By Jamie Rohr
This past Friday, October 4, the HAFTR family celebrated a special milestone with one of its students. Matthew Vinokurov turned three, and HAFTR celebrated with a haircut! The haircut, or upsherin, is a way to celebrate this milestone in a little boy’s life with the members of one’s community.
With a program led by Mrs. Cyndy Goldberg, the director of early childhood, all of the three-year-olds were brought together to celebrate this exciting moment with music and fun. Rabbi Dovid Kupchik talked about the importance of the event, noting that this is the first step in a Jewish boy’s journey to becoming a bar mitzvah, as the celebration began. To signify the sweetness of the occasion and acknowledge the beginning of a long road with Torah study, Matthew was encouraged to place chocolate chips on each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Both parents were then invited to snip a piece of Matthew’s hair, while his friends looked on and sang “Happy Birthday.”
HAFTR was able to provide the Vinokurov family with a deeper connection to Jewish values, and the institution was given an opportunity to serve as a supportive community in Matthew’s very special day. v