A double barmitzvah in Townsville

July 21, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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After a year of studying their parsha by Zoom, two boys have celebrated their bar mitzvah in the north Queensland city of Townsville with their rabbi driving five hours from Cairns to be by their side.

Daniel and Eyal Azulay

Last Saturday, Daniel Azoulay and Benjamin Sarnyai became Bar Mitzvah- full-fledged Jewish adults.

Family and friends came from as far away as Cairns to join their parents and the Townsville Jewish community to celebrate the occasion.

For almost a year, both boys learned and prepared for the day with Rabbi Ari Rubin over zoom. Benjamin prepared to be the Chazan for the service and Daniel prepared the Parsha to lead the reading of the Torah portion.

Benjamin spoke about his connection to his grandparents and how they shape him to the man he is today

Rabbi Rubin told J-Wire: “Both boys performed splendidly.

The occasion marks more than their newfound Jewish obligations: being responsible for their actions and their consequences. Moreover, they are charged with setting a positive example for their family, friends, and community.”

“Daniel and Benjamin’s Bar Mitzvah marks the transition into Jewish adulthood for our little community, one we are sure will be marked by upstanding values, leadership, and meaning,” Rabbi Ari, of the Chabad movement in North QLD, explained. “We are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with our small but wonderful community.”

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