Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bat Mitzvah

Going to a Bat Mitzvah!
My room mate Gershon's niece is having her Bat Mitzvah today. I have been invited to attend! Much of Gershon's family have traveled from Texas to Jerusalem for the Bat Mitzvah.

At 8am, Gershon and I drove on the Egged Bus to the Old City. The Bat Mitzvah ceremony is being held outside the south wall of the Old City, at a place called Robinson's Arch. When we arrived, Gershon began introducing me to his family members. I was very surprised to learn that all of the family speaks Spanish! In fact, Irma who is Gershon's aunt, lives in Mexico City and only speaks Spanish.

The ceremony
A table was set up to hold the Torah. The rabbi passed out prayer books to everybody attending. I am very slow at reading Hebrew, but was some what able to following along as the prayers were read.

Ellen, the mother of the Bat Mitzvah girl, read from the prayer book. The ceremony went along page by page with the rabbi leading us as to what to say, and when to say it. Brittany is the Bat Mitzvah girl. She read from the prayer book perfectly. Brittany read perfectly from the Torah scroll too.
Mother Ellen and Brittany

The rabbi, the Torah and Brittany

Brittany reads from the Torah
Do you see Gershon looking on?

Members of the Bat Mitzvah ceremony

Note: Info about Bar & Bat Mitvah [link]

Celebration lunch
At the end of the Bat Mitzvah, we all held hands in a large circle and danced together as the circle rotated with all of us singing! What a great time!

Then all of us drove in taxis to the cafe in the Botanical Gardens Park in Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem where we ate a delicious lunch.