Devorah Heymann's Bat Mitzvah @ the Kottel Jerusalem Jan 2000
In 1999 Marc asked
Devorah what would her dream Bat Mitzvah be.
Perhaps a big party where all friends & family came, a small party with just her friends, or perhaps she had another dream ?
said, Devorah- I like to go on Safari in Africa, to Paris, to Jerusalem, and to
Now that would be memorable and an educational Bat mitzvah we thought Any way it would allow us to enjoy life and quality time as a family. From there we started planning.
In November 1999 we left Australia for Safari in South Africa. From there we went to Italy (Milan,Venice, Florence, Rome) then to Israel.
After a side trip to Jerash and Petra in Jordan and back to Israel (Safet, Hula Valley & the Golan) we headed for London (Where Devorah danced on stage with a Cat in the CATS Musical) then to Paris, finally home via New York, Chicago, Detroit, and L.A. (Anaheim/Disneyland). We arrived back home in Melbourne Australia in mid February 2000
The Bat Mitzvah:
Whilst davening (praying) at the Kottel on a Shabbos, Marc met Rabbi Jay Karzen who told him he ran a business "Riitual's Unlimited" He boasts that he is Jerusalem's Bar Mitzvah King offering 100's or Bar / Bat Mitzvah's at the Kottel each year.
WOW said Marc, what about a Bat Mitzvah for Devorah ? - Her Hebrew Bat Mitzvah date was that Thursday.
"Sure" Rabbi Karzen said "we can do that"
We telephoned some friends and relatives, and all was set.
On a beautiful sunny morning at 9:30am in front of the Kottel mispoche / Family and friends all gathered.
Devorah read some Tehillim (Psalms), recited the Shema, and Naomi & La gave her a (Brocha) Blessing, and everyone sang Aish Ish Chayl (a Woman of Valour, who can find ? )
After that we all retreated to the "Hole in the Wall" restaurant, located at the back of the Wailing Wall (Kottel) Plaza for a celebration over cake and refreshments.
So it was Devorah's Bat Mitzvah at Judaism's most sacred and meaningful site - what a beautiful, memorable and significant way for Devorah to pass from being a girl into life as a young woman !
We highly recommend Rabbi Jay Karzen's for a Simcha at the wailing wall. Read his book "Off The Wall " for insights - contact him at email email@example.com Tel: 972 2 563-1018 or Web http://www.geocities.com/rabbikarzen/
|Devorah reading Tehillim (psalms) with the Rabbi Karzen at her Bat Mitzvah at the Kottel (Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem||Devorah's Bat
Mitzvah with Family & Friends)
Schwartz Family from Melbourne, Dalia Gruenfeld, and Stipyor Families
Naomi-&-Devorah at her Bat Mitzvah
|Devorah Shows off her Bat Mitzvah Certificate|