Aviv’s Bar Mitzvah

by Brian on March 25, 2011

in A Parent in Israel,Jewish Holidays and Culture

It’s been an incredible few weeks around Aviv’s bar mitzvah. Family came in from overseas, we had a slew of great activities (from a lovely walk in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens to a treasure hunt in the Old City – more on that in an upcoming post) all leading up to the big day. The bar mitzvah itself was held on Shushan Purim, March 20, 2011, with the Nava Tehila Jewish Renewal congregation in which we are active. Over 250 people came out to celebrate with us in the event hall at the AACI in Jerusalem.

For those of you who couldn’t make it – as well as those who wish to remember it – I put together all the material from the event and posted it to Aviv’s bar mitzvah blog, which also includes a summary of every one of the 12 tiyulim we hiked in Israel over the last year. To view it all – Jody’s speech, Aviv’s drash, the video I put together with Aviv’s friends and family, and a special song composed by our friends in honor of the occasion – visit the blog and enjoy!

Here’s a 4-minute “highlights” reel of the evening:

In the video, you’ll see some of the folks who were there (in great costumes); Aviv, Merav and Amir reading from the megilla; and the special Nava Tehila “band” leading a musical rock and roll Maariv service set to tunes from the Beatles and beyond.

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