Bar­mitz­vah twin­ning

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY LEE LIXENBERG

BAR­MITZ­VAH BOYS sep­a­rated by thou­sands of miles and a gulf in liv­ing stan­dards have been brought to­gether by a World Jewish Re­lief twin­ning scheme.

Chigwell school­boy Joshua Do­bias has do­nated £600 of his bar­mitz­vah cash to his “twin” Stas — who lives in a chil­dren’s home in Odessa, Ukraine, hav­ing been res­cued from a life of poverty and de­pri­va­tion.

The money will help pay for Stas’s ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing his bar­mitz­vah year, as well as a party, books, clothes, shoes and other gifts in­clud­ing tefilin.

Joshua, who was bar­mitz­vah at South­gate Pro­gres­sive Syn­a­gogue, said that when he was called up, he thought of Stas.

“I feel happy that I have given him the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate in his own way.”

WJR’s twin­ning pro­gramme has put 100 UK young­sters in touch with coun­ter­parts in East­ern Europe and the for­mer Soviet Union.

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