It was a Bar Mitzvah like few others. Children and volunteers that participate in Friendship Circle’s Sunday Morning Circle joined in the unique celebration of Mendy Schechter’s Bar Mitzvah.
Mendy, while sitting in a wheel chair, beamed with excitement as close to 200 people joined his Simcha. “It was something unlike anything I have ever seen,” said Chaim, a family friend of the Schechters. “In this room, you can feel the Rebbe’s dream coming true. There is no judgment, no prejudice; just pure acceptance and friendship. True Ahavas Yisroel.”
The celebrants sang and danced to the music of a one man band provided by the Mekimi organization, along with a wonderful performance by Yossi Frankel. The French Twins were on hand to provide entertainment, while the guests enjoyed a delicious meal, complete with an extra large birthday cake that brought tremendous joy to Mendy.
Chaya Eckhaus, director of the Friendship Circle, claimed she felt privileged to have a part in arranging the Bar Mitzvah. “I’ve been a part of many special events. But to see the joy on the faces of Mendy and his family was truly something incredible.”
There were many who worked tirelessly to ensure Mendy was able to experience true joy on his special day, including Zalman and Pessie Shochat, Chaya Chein, Rivki Turner, Golda Malka Feller, Sparkles Gift & Party Shop and more. It was a shining example of the Ahavas Yisroel this community is capable of.
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