Orel’s Bar Mitzvah Speech – On a Board

Orel’s Bar Mitzvah Speech – On a Board

Orel, a student at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah together with his twin, Yaakov.

Orel is a special needs boy who has difficulty speaking clearly.  In honor of his Bar Mitzvah, his teacher and therapists helped him practice delivering a speech via a specialized communication board.

Every day for three weeks, Orel practiced “reading” his speech with Ellis, his dedicated teacher, and Rivka, a National Service girl at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran.

To ease the pressure on Orel and enable him to fully enjoy the ceremony, Ellis took him to a studio to record the speech in advance.

During the beautiful Bar Mitzvah ceremony, the speech was presented on an enormous screen, with Orel reading it.  The audience was moved to tears at the sight of Orel overcoming his challenges and taking his rightful place as a Bar Mitzvah, standing in front of his guests and reading a speech in a manner that was specially adapted to his abilities.

Orel’s parents sent a heartwarming letter to the school staff of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, in which they thanked them for giving Orel a full Bar Mitzvah experience.

And Orel and his friends sent a special letter to the recording studio, thanking them for giving of their time and equipment to make this dream a reality.