13 June 2014
A Bar Mitzvah for the Generations
By Sarah Bendetsky
For only the second time in 166 years, a Bar Mitzvah took place at Montefiore Homes Community Residence, and what a celebration it was!
Ron Kotev, a 13-year-old McKinnon Secondary College student, a passionate sportsman and a Jewish Care volunteer decided that Montefiore Homes was the perfect place for his Bar Mitzvah.
On May 24, Ron wore his tallit for the first time at the Montefiore Homes shul in the presence of family, friends, residents and Jewish Care staff.
“I absolutely loved the heimish shul and thought that sharing my special day with the residents here was awesome! After all, when one reaches a certain age, it’s not that easy to get around. That’s why I wanted to bring my Bar Mitzvah simcha to their doorstep,”
said Ron, while giving a handshake to every single resident.
Jewish Care residents enjoyed every moment of the joyous occasion — from listening to Ron’s Torah reading, hugging the Bar Mitzvah boy and sharing a festive meal together.
Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant delivered an emotional speech highlighting the significance of a Bar Mitzvah as an important life stage, transforming a boy into responsible member of the Jewish community.
Ron’s mother, Esther Lonkri, was very proud about her son’s idea too. In addition to giving nachas to the residents, holding a Bar Mitzvah at Montefiore Homes enabled Ron’s grandparents to join the celebration.
“My parents, who travelled from Brisbane, needed accommodation that was equipped to address their specific care needs, and Jewish Care helped to provide just that. They were warmly welcomed and enjoyed every minute of their stay,” said Esther.
With words of encouragement, blessings, songs, hugs and tears of joy, Ron’s Bar Mitzvah was a truly unifying experience for all.
Mazal Tov to Ron and his entire family!