Did you know that Irvine ‘Irv’ Robbins (1917-2008), co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, opened his first ice cream store using money he saved from his #BarMitzvah! Born in Winnipeg to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Robbins grew up working in his father’s ice cream parlor in Tacoma, Washington. He always finished the day happy […]

Yaakov Weksler: At 35 He Discovered He is Jewish, Today He Celebrates His Bar Mitzvah

Last week, Yaakov Weksler (b. 1943) had his Bar Mitzvah in the Yad Vashem Synagogue. A former Polish Catholic priest, Yaakov (formerly Romuald Waszkinel) discovered at age 35 that he was in fact the son of Jews killed in the Holocaust. In the hopes of saving their infant son’s life, […]

“75 years ago my father was crammed in a ghetto from which he would soon escape only to be hunted from the country of his birth.”

“Today, during Channukah, my son was called to Torah before what remains of our Temple in the reestablished Jewish State – Israel. “Ti-kon Beit T’fi-la-ti V’sham To-da N’za-bei-ach” – Restore my House of Prayer and there we will bring a thanksgiving offering. #NesGadolHayaPo #AmYisraelChai #Shehechiyanu#TearsOfJoy”

“Today I had treatment in Dallas. When I arrived at the infusion room at Texas Oncology at Presbyterian to get my treatment each chemo chair had a beautiful gift bag full of goodies.”

“A pair of socks, notepad and pen, lotion, a few snacks, a bottle of water, tissues and chapstick. I asked the nurse if a group of students made these for the patients. She said that it was a teenage boy who did this for his bar mitzvah celebration. She really […]

On Top of the World

“We made to the top of Masada!?. We did it! We came to Israel this year for our bar mitzvahs. Every year our Mashadi Jewish Community schedules a trip for all the bar and bat mitzvah Boys and girls. We went to many different places in Israel and toured a […]

BAR MITZVAH CHALLENGE: “Take a short but awesome video of yourself doing the Whip/Nae Nae. At the end of the video, please say that you donated to FIDF.”

“As part of my upcoming Bar Mitzvah celebration I have decided to raise money for the FIDF – Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.   Unfortunately, Israel is currently under attack and the videos and reports that we see daily are terrible.  Thankfully, the IDF is there to protect the […]


“I volunteered to photograph a Bar Mitzvah for 11 Ethiopian kids and had no place for my own 5 year old daughter so I brought her along. This little guest and my daughter just found each other and happily posed together for the camera as if they’d known each other […]