The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

Max lives in Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb and is a Hab­er­dash­ers’ Aske’s pupil. He is an avid gad­get col­lec­tor and loves mu­sic and so­cial­is­ing. He was bar­mitz­vah at Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb Syn­a­gogue, Nor­rice Lea. The cel­e­bra­tion was at the In­sti­tute of Direc­tors

Tell us how you pre­pared “With Ger­shi Freilich, the brother of our chazan from Nor­rice Lea shul. He was so good that I did more than I planned to and was in­spired to do the GCSE He­brew-stud­ies course at cheder. My grandpa, who is very learned, also helped me. He talked me through the emo­tional side of the bar­mitz­vah and my new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Tell us what was spe­cial about your cel­e­bra­tion “I re­ally en­joyed the Is­raeli danc­ing as I came into din­ner and nearly fell off the chair when I was hoisted in the air,” Max says. “It was a bril­liant evening and lovely to have friends and fam­ily there from all over the world. We had a dairy meal as my par­ents don’t eat meat. My mum won the ar­gu­ment to serve fish. And the dessert buf­fet was un­be­liev­able. We had Scaletrix rac­ing all evening, which was fun, and the DJ and Queen trib­ute band kept ev­ery­one danc­ing all night.” His mother He­len adds that the party had a travel theme with name cards for guests in the style of choco­late pass­ports and each ta­ble named af­ter a coun­try the bar­mitz­vah boy had vis­ited.

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