ASHER MAN­NING

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

Asher lives in Edg­ware with his mother and younger brother and sis­ter. He at­tends City of Lon­don Boys’ School, hav­ing been at Rosh Pi­nah Pri­mary. His out­side in­ter­ests are mon­i­tor­ing the money mar­kets and play­ing his elec­tric gui­tar and the Nin­tendo Wii Gui­tar Hero game

What was spe­cial about your sim­chah? My ed­u­ca­tion and fam­ily taught me to al­ways re­mem­ber oth­ers at times of sim­chah. I thought of Kisharon, be­cause I wanted to twin my bar­mitz­vah with a spe­cial-needs boy who had over­come dif­fi­cul­ties in life. I also wanted to keep a re­la­tion­ship with my twin, which is not al­ways pos­si­ble if it is some­one from abroad.

Tell us about the cel­e­bra­tion I was bar­mitz­vah at Edg­ware Syn­a­gogue, and af­ter­wards a small party of fam­ily and friends and my rabbi, David Lis­ter, went to Kisharon School in Tem­ple For­tune, as it was not pos­si­ble for Moishe [my twin] to at­tend Edg­ware Syn­a­gogue. The boys at Kisharon were de­lighted to have vis­i­tors, and made us very wel­come. They dav­ened with en­thu­si­asm and a spirit which hum­bled me. Rabbi Lis­ter asked me to say the bra­chot on read­ing from the To­rah, and Moishe stood next to me while I spoke. I was proud that I was say­ing the words for both of us. Rabbi Lis­ter blessed us both and we danced around. It was a very happy at­mos­phere. Un­for­tu­nately we were not able to have a l’chaim as it was a fast day, but the Kisharon chil­dren later en­joyed a fruit feast to cel­e­brate our spe­cial day. Nom­i­nate a sim­chah — a wed­ding, bar- or bat­mitz­vah or spe­cial an­niver­sary. Tell us at: com­mu­nity@thejc.com

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