On two recent Motzaei Shabbatot, the sixth-grade girls and seventh-grade boys at Yeshiva Har Torah celebrated their respective bar/bat mitzvah workshops and melaveh malkah. Organized and planned by Rabbi Ahron Rosenthal, director of student activities, both evenings were a special opportunity of learning and fun with parents and teachers.
During the dinner and after introductions by Rabbi Rosenthal, divrei Torah were shared by Rabbi Menchel and Rabbi Silverman, followed by a special presentation from Uri Dopelt of the Safra Veseifa Project. Uri showed a fascinating video and spoke about the unique chesed opportunity to sponsor the fixing of sifrei Torah for the IDF. This project is in memory of a great hero of the IDF, Emmanuel Morenu.
At the bat mitzvah workshop, the girls and their parents broke into groups, rotating among Mrs. Amit Yagoubi, who spoke about the meaning of becoming a bat mitzvah; simcha dancing with Azamra DJ; and an arts-and-crafts project with Mrs. Feinstein. At the conclusion of the workshops, the girls, parents, and teachers gathered for one big dance together.
At the bar mitzvah workshop, the boys and their parents attended rotating workshops by three presenters: Rabbi Elon Solniker of Anshei Shalom in West Hempstead, who spoke of the real meaning behind becoming a bar mitzvah; Rabbi Moshe Gantz, the Mezuzah Doctor; and Azamra DJ. The boys had a great time dancing, learning about tefillin, and delving into the deeper lessons of turning 13. At the conclusion of the workshops, the boys, parents, and teachers gathered for one united simcha dance.
Both evenings would have been incomplete without a make-your-own–ice-cream-sundae station! While the students enjoyed their ice cream sundaes, the prizes, including gift cards and merchandise from generous local sponsors, were raffled off. It was all smiles as the boys and girls left their respective evenings with a deeper understanding of becoming a bar/bat mitzvah. Special thanks to the YHT PTA for cosponsoring the evenings. v