I can't believe it, but my colleague Mark Rice, and his wife, Ronnet, have a son who is 13. His bar mitzvah was today at Temple Israel, with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin.
I had been invited to a bat mitzvah and a bar mitzvah before. I was on vacation for the first, and for the life of me, I can't believe it but I missed the other. I just plain forgot and apologized profusely.
So I went to my first bar mitzvah and it was a beautiful ceremony. In simple terms, it is a coming of age ceremony for Jewish boys and girls who turn 13.
Thankfully, my friend Gail Greenblatt was there, and she answered my questions.
The music was beautiful featuring singers Debbie Anderson and Ron Kowan. Dylan did a great job. He's a very special young man.
Afterward, I saw him and he came over and exclaimed, "Miss Sandra!" And he gave me a hug.
It was a long ceremony, though. It took a little more than two hours, but it was part of the Sabbath service. Even then, Gail said it was longer than the usual ceremony.
She told Mark's father, Howard, that all the other 12-year-olds are nervous now because they've got to follow Dylan!
No matter. It was beautiful and moving.
Congratulaltions to Dylan and his parents, Mark and Ronnet. And I'm sure I'll be at younger sister Lydia's bat mitzvah.