Ronen, almost 13

His family is very poor, both economically and socially, since his father’s imprisonment…

His family is very poor, both economically and socially, since his father’s imprisonment. His mother struggles alone to raise her children. Ronen would like to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, going up to the Torah, wearing the Talit and the Tefillin, celebrating and receiving gifts. He knows that his mother is very sorry not to be able to properly celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.
Ronen often attends the Tsedek center in Ashkelon. There, he can have a hot meal after school, then participate in the daily activities provided by the center’s team: help with homework, sports, art, cultural and musical workshops… During the holidays, attends summer camp with Tsedek.
He became part of the Bar Mitzvah program designed by Tsedek for children from struggling families. For one year, he will participate in Bar Mitzvah preparation workshops and educational trips. He will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem, with other children in the program. In addition to reading the Torah at the Western Wall, Ronen will receive Tefillin, a Talit, a prayer book (siddur), and gifts. Of course, his father will not be there as he becomes a Jewish adult, but he will be surrounded by Tsedek’s instructors and counselors he trusts, who will bring him warmth and comfort. And on that day, Ronen will be a child like any other…