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Muhammad Ali Attends Grandson's Bar Mitzvah
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The grandson of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali became a bar mitzvah at a Philadelphia synagogue.

Jacob Wertheimer, the son of Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer and Spencer Wertheimer, was called to the Torah on April 28 at the historic Congregation Rodeph Shalom in front of 150 people including the boxer, the Sweet Science boxing news website reported last week in an article by Ali biographer Thomas Hauser.

Ali's daughter, who was raised Muslim, told the website that "No one put any pressure on Jacob to believe one way or another. He chose this on his own because he felt a kinship with Judaism and Jewish culture,” and that it "meant a lot to Jacob" that Ali was there.

The bar mitzvah theme was diversity and inclusiveness.

Ali was raised a Baptist and converted to Islam in the 1960s.

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06/06/2016 - 10:41
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Mazal Tov!
Many years ago, I remember my parents may they rest in Peace, talking about how great Muhammad Ali is while we were eating breakfast.
I said, "But he is a Muslim and so he has to hate all Jews." My father said, "In today's paper I read how he just donated $100,000.00 to a Jewish hospital (which of course these days, 40 years later, is like 2 million dollars)."
From that time, I always looked at Mr. Ali as a different kind of Muslim , a special man who actually cared about Jewish people also.
This celebration is so perfect. I am so proud of Mr. Ali and his grandson's choice in life!"
May the ONE bless their entire family!

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