Apr 4, 2013
Hurwitz Family Keeps Joyous
Photos by Chaim Ezagui

The most joyous Bar Mitzva celebration was held Wednesday for the son of Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, the California Shliach suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by Chaim Ezagui - 347-785-8798

The theme of the evening held Wednesday night in Crown Heights was the saying of our Sages that "simcha poretz geder," happiness and joy have the power to transcend barriers.

It wasn't that guests of Eli Chaim Hurwitz's Bar Mitzvah celebration needed a prerequisite for their attendance. But they all wanted to make it the most joyous and memorable event possible.

"How many people do you know in this room? Probably no more than 50," Rabbi Hirshy Minkowitz, Shliach in Alpharetta, GA, pointed out to the 13-year-old boy sitting in a crowd of 300 people who filled the Lubavitch Yeshiva events hall.

"Yet all these people are here for one reason - they love your parents," Minkowitz said, referring to the Bar Mitzvah boy's proud parents and fellow Shluchim Rabbi Yitzi and Dina Hurwitz (nee Berkowitz) of Temecula, California.

Yitzi has recently been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease which weakens various physical abilities and often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Upon hearing that Rabbi Hurwitz wanted his son to have his Bar Mitzva aliya to the Torah at 770 Eastern Parkway, friends of the family organized the celebration on the East coast for all to participate.

Minkowitz, who served as the evening's emcee, was one of them. He recalled growing up with Yitzi, sharing memories of his best childhood friend and neighbor in Crown Heights. He also described to the Bar Mitzva boy how beloved his parents are to so many.

That sentiment was certainly shared by guests, which included members of the Hurwitz and Berkowitz families, and friends of Yitzi and Dina - some of whom hadn't been in touch for many years.

"I'm going to begin with a dvar Torah because I'm a shliach, and we spent Pesach away from our Chabad House, so I'm aching to say a dvar Torah," Rabbi Hurwitz opened his touching, yet witty remarks.

He thanked all his dear friends who not only put together a beautiful simcha, but are providing support to his family during this difficult time. (Donations can be given at Hurwitzfamilyfund.com)

The guests danced and sang along as Benny Friedman sang and Yossi Goldstein performed a cappella chassidic melodies, chasing away dark thoughts and medical predictions, putting full hope and faith in G-d Almighty's love and mercy.

"May you dance at the weddings of your sons and grandsons," Merkos Vice Chairman Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky wished Hurwitz in his speech.

The public is asked to continue saying Tehillim and doing mitzvos in merit of Yitzchok ben Bracha.

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there is nothing
like the love between chassidim
(4/4/2013 4:54:27 PM)
mazel tov!!
mazel tov to our dear friends may we will iyh dance at your seudas ahodah
(4/4/2013 5:00:16 PM)
so beautiful to see this
may we only hear good news and may rabbi horowitz have a refua shelama RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(4/4/2013 5:02:40 PM)
a bar mitzvah like never before!
the bar mitzvah was so inspiring, it was one of a kind! Def the most memorable and joyous simcha i ever attended! yitzi we are all waiting for your full and speedy recovery!
(4/4/2013 5:08:55 PM)
So Touching
What a beautiful bar mitzvah bochur.

May this simcha usher in new openings for channels from above for brochos that will lead to a refuah shlaimah and besuros tovos and medical discoveries that will bring joy and happiness to the whole family. Amen.
(4/4/2013 5:18:15 PM)
cute boy
(4/4/2013 6:04:52 PM)
Chani (Hurwitz) Vogel
First off, Allison Feldman, what can I wish you? Your life is already full of doing chesed for others,, may it continue, and may you always stay on the giving side. Benny Friedman sang his hit, Yesh Tikvah, which is what we as family have to remember,, Hashem is in charge. The dancing was beautiful, and the 'music' was great! We could actually hear each other bentching Yitzi with the refuah shleima Hashem should give him now. The bar mitzvah was beautiful, and Yitzy's mom Brocha and his wife Dina had so much grace, and poise. Yitzy himself had his trademark smile on his face, and shared jokes and laughs with everyone. On the mens side at one point it was standing room only! Hashem look at your beautiful yidden! Rebbe, look at how your chassidim came together as family last night!I only wish that we find out this was one of those misdiagnoses, and we can all come together in a joyous seudas hoda'ah together with Moshiach NOW!
(4/4/2013 6:09:38 PM)
i spy
i spy avraham freed
(4/4/2013 8:13:37 PM)
Dear Dina and Yitzi
May you shep nachas and have lots of simcha til 120 long wonderful years together. The true Healer of all Flesh is Hashem Above despite any doctors diagnoses. Yitzi WILL have a refuah Shleima and we will all dance at the seudas Hoda'a IYH very soon. Besuros Tovos!
(4/4/2013 8:59:51 PM)
what is the rabbis full name
(4/4/2013 9:07:42 PM)
to #10
"The public is asked to continue saying Tehillim and doing mitzvos in merit of Yitzchok ben Bracha"
May Hashem answer all your prayers in an obviously good way.
Moshaich NOW
(4/4/2013 9:26:31 PM)
(4/4/2013 9:37:35 PM)
A montrealer
Chassidim Ain Mishpoche! Im touched! & Cute Boy kah!!
(4/4/2013 11:21:44 PM)
Mazel tov Eli chaim
Only Simchas!
Refuah Sheleima Yitzi
(4/4/2013 11:30:11 PM)
Yay Yankee,
❤The Frankforters
(4/5/2013 12:29:50 AM)
What a family
The pictures say it all. To second what Chani Vogel said, may Hashem look upon the Achdus, simcha and Chesed and bring a complete refuah sheliemah immediately.

Rabbi yitzi and Dina are so increidble and amazing beyond belief.

Wishing the bar mitzva boy and his family mazal tov, areechas yammim and Yiddish nachos ad meah vesrim shana. Moschiach now!!
(4/5/2013 4:05:34 AM)
Tehillim name
Yitchok ben bracha, public is asked to continue saying tehillim for a speedy recovery
(4/5/2013 12:25:43 PM)
help for als
look in ami magazaine issue 78 july august 2012 there was a article helping the mirrer rosh hayeshiva he had treatment thru brainstorm in israel in hadassah ein kerem hope information is useful refua shcleima
(4/6/2013 3:27:52 PM)
with love from Tzfat!
Yitzi and Dina, we are sending so much love and our prayers are being sent Heavenward for a refua shlema.
xoxox Love always!!!
Yaron and Laya
(4/6/2013 4:24:56 PM)
May Hashem Bless Yitzi and his great Family!!!
(4/6/2013 11:27:50 PM)
Amen to #5
(4/7/2013 11:24:41 AM)
Mazel Tov! from former S. Diegans
We will hear good news soon for one of the finest people we have ever met.
May you and your entire family be blessed with an overflowing of revealed good.
The Krintzmans
(4/7/2013 12:30:08 PM)
Go teich.
(4/7/2013 12:54:37 PM)
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