Bnei Mitzvah Stories

BETH JACOB STUDENTS HELP DANIEL REALIZE HIS BAR MITZVAH DREAM
Daniel, a student at the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran special education school, dreamed of having his Bar Mitzvah in Beit HaMikdash. This may sound far-fetched, but good will, that stretched over the ocean, helped Daniel come as close as possible to realizing his dream. A class of students from the Beth Jacob school in Redwood city, […]More...
Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah Dream Becomes a Reality!
MAZAL TOV! Last week, Daniel, a student at ALEH’s special education school in the Negev, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with family and friends at the Western Wall. Daniel had been preparing for the occasion for months, learning small sections of his Bar Mitzvah portion every day. When the big day arrived, Daniel’s entourage, which included […]More...
Annual Chessed Project makes a huge impact!
Chanukah comes early!  Once again, the 8th grade class at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ has chosen ALEH as their annual chessed project. Their first act of kindness was purchasing Chanukah gifts for their friends and families from the ALEH Boutique. Last week, the class received their order…and they loved every item!  […]More...
Amazing Kids make an Amazing Video for ALEH’s Children!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are thankful for amazing friends like Mati Franco David and her 6th – 8th grade students at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ. Once again, her students will be developing a chessed project to support ALEH. Their first act of kindness was purchasing Chanukah gifts for their friends and families […]More...
My Special Bar Mitzvah with the Children of ALEH
JVN ( Jewish Volunteering Network) In this edition of our blog, Caroline Cosgrove  writes about the volunteering she and her son James did for his Bar Mitzvah. Here is her story… In the lead up to the Bar Mitzvah of my son, James, in August 2016, he was considering what he could do to mark the occasion in a […]More...
Day School students bring joy to EVERYONE this Chanukah!
The 6th grade class at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ chose ALEH as their chessed project this year. Their first act of kindness was purchasing Chanukah gifts for their friends and families from the ALEH Boutique. They also made THIS beautiful video to introduce themselves to their new friends at ALEH.   The sixth […]More...
BAR MITZVAH TWINS FINALLY MEET
Jacob Steinberg of the UK was supposed to visit Israel during the summer of 2014 to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah with his “twin,” Chaim R. of ALEH Jerusalem. Unfortunately, his trip was canceled when the war broke out. This summer, Jacob finally got a chance to meet Chaim at ALEH Jerusalem. They connected immediately and really […]More...
Car Wash 4 ALEH Kids
Apr 29, 2012 Cleaning for Pesach took a fun twist when Adina Falk, a talented young lady from East Brunswick, NJ, brainstormed a Car Wash Campaign to benefit ALEH’s disabled children.Adina chose ALEH as her Bat Mitzvah project a year ago, when she composed and sold a beautiful song* and donated its proceeds to the […]More...
Sharing a Bat Mitzvah – and Beanie Babies!
Jun 18, 2013 Like any other girl, Rachel Eckman was excited about her upcoming Bat Mitzvah, and looked forward to the big day.  But Rachel and her family, who live in Chashmonaim, Israel, decided to look for a way to make the event even more meaningful and memorable.  They found their answer as soon as […]More...
Never Too Late Flint man, 80, twins his bar mitzvah with Israeli teen with special needs
Detroit Jewish News – May 15, 2013   Sixty-seven years after his 13th birthday, Larry Feinstein decided that it was finally time to have a bar mitzvah. It was an email from ALEH, Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, that inspired 80-year-old Feinstein to go through with […]More...
The America-Israel Bat Mitzvah of Love
Apr 17, 2013 For Francine Lilien and her family and friends, her Bat Mitzvah will always be remembered as the Francine-Shira, America-Israel Bat Mitzvah of chessed and love. It was the Bat Mitzvah of a special set of twins – connected not biologically but through love and kindness and true Jewish commitment to help the […]More...