Long Distance Bar Mitzvah
10/22/2010 - 14:55
Rabbi Jason Miller
Bar Mitzvah in Detroit Reaches Mongolia
Bar Mitzvah in Detroit Reaches Mongolia

Many Jewish day schools are taking good advantage of technology these days. I was very impressed when I heard about how one Jewish day school in Detroit -- Hillel Day School -- made it possible for a family to celebrate a bar mitzvah together even though one cousin was in Mongolia.

Eli Falk, an 8th grader at Hillel, wanted his cousin who is working in Mongolia to be a part of his bar mitzvah. So, on a Monday morning in the school's minyan, through the technology of Skype, Eli's cousin was right there with the rest of his family -- in real time.

One more example of how geographical distance matters less in the 21st century.

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This is such a good use of technology. It is amazing! Congratulations to Eli. We produce Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in Israel. It's important that the whole family gets to share the experience. Smartphones have video, skype is easy to use, Web sites can even host live events. It is easier to do this and we hope more families take advantage. www.b-mitzva.com info@b-mitzva.com