You can transform a needy boy's bar mitzvah into a real celebration
There are few things as endearing as the classic image of the bar mitzvah boy, standing proudly in his new suit, surrounded by adoring parents, happy family members and excited friends. The smile radiates from his face and you can sense that while he looks like a little man, somehow there’s still a glimpse of the little boy in him.
For the bar mitzvah boy who grows up in poverty, the image is not quite the same. Often there is no new suit. There is no celebration with family and friends. Frequently there isn’t even a pair of tefillin for him. Then the little boy is just a little boy, and instead of feeling proud his emotions can run from embarrassment to resentment to disappointment and just... sadness.
For over ten years Yad Eliezer, one of the most efficient Jewish charities that helps the poor, has been working to prevent this occurrence through our Bar Mitzvah Twinning Project. Our program provides the opportunity for a boy anywhere in the world, to twin with a needy bar mitzvah in Israel, helping him celebrate his simcha too- joyously and in a meaningful way. A donation of $500 sponsors tefillin for the bar mitzvah boy in need. For a $1,000 contribution you can sponsor a bar mitzvah with a complete package including tefillin and other expenses such as new clothes and/or a modest celebration.
This project brings happiness to the recipients, enabling them to enjoy the excitement of reaching their important milestone, and empowering them to feel just like their peers. It also beautifully enhances the patron's simcha, as he experiences first-hand the invaluable mitzva of generous giving. Help us provide this unique excitement, joy and pride to both the recipient and the giver, with your donation!
For over 20 years, we have been catering simple but elegant weddings for couples who otherwise could not afford it. To date Yad Eliezer has helped over 13,000 couples celebrate their special day with dignity.