Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is a wonderful milestone and joyous time in the lives of children and our families. We honor this long time tradition with many ritual customs and of course reading from the Torah. It is such an important right of passage in our Jewish heritage.
With that in mind, B’nai Tzedek has developed a Twinning program to honor those children who perished in the Holocaust and never had the opportunity to have a bar or bat mitzvah. Sadly,1.5 million Jewish children were murdered by the Germans and their collaborators during this painful time in our history. Many of these children died in the ghettos or in concentration camps, their thirteen birthday merely forgotten.
In order to remember these lost children, and continue the notion of “never again,” your son or daughter may choose to share this special simcha with a child Holocaust victim to help ensure their memory lives on. Through the congregation’s Twinning program, we hope to honor these child victims, and if possible, make a personal connection between the families.
Once the twinning research is complete, we will provide you with the name of the child and as much information as we are able to discover in our search process. Prior to reading from the Torah your child will share with the congregation the child he/she is honoring at his/her bat/bar mitzvah, be presented a certificate from the Rabbi acknowledging this mitzvah , and be placed in our Twinning Memory Book along with the honored child. Additionally, the synagogue will include the information regarding your child’s twin in the Saturday service program.
If you have any questions or would like to participate in the Twinning program at B’nai Tzedek, please call or e-mail Stefanie Greenberg. She will be happy to meet with you and help find a twin for your son or daughter to honor as part of their B’nai Mitzvah.
Stefanie Greenberg at (301) 938-7801 or [email protected]