Nov 12, 2012
99 Year Old has a Bar Mitzvah

99-yr-old Isaac Volinsky celebrated his Bar Mitzvah recently, with the help of Shliach Eli Schlanger of Sydney.


99-yr-old Isaac Volinsky was ready to celebrate his Barmitzvah last week in his room at a Woollahra care home. He had his tall it. He had his tefillin…but there was no kiddush cup and no kosher wine. The Emanuel Synagogue came to his rescue.

Chabad Rabbi Eli Schlanger was all set to perform the ceremony when he realised that the Ronald Coleman home was not a Jewish institution and would not have Kosher wine for the kiddush. A quick call to neigbouring Emanuel Synagogue and five minutes later administrator Andrina Grynberg was knocking on Isaac’s door with an unopened bottle of wine and a brand new Kiddush cup.

Rabbi Schlanger helped Isaac put on his tallit and tefillin and said the brochot and Shema with him before pouring the wine and saying kiddush. Andrina stayed for the celebration joining Eva Weitzen who had introduced Isaac to the 120s club she runs at Chabad House in Bondi.

Isaac, whose birthday is on March 16, paid his first ever visit to the club and has put on tefillin for the first time in his life. He told J-Wire: “I can remember my grandfather putting them on when I was a little boy in Odessa.”

Rabbi Eli Schlanger added: “Moshe Rabeinu was born on the same day as Jacob….and Abraham was circumcised at the age of 99 so it’s a big day for him!”

Isaac Volinsky came to Australia in 1995 to join his son. He has a daughter who still lives in Odessa.

Putting on tefillin will be a regular occurrence for Volinsky who has found new friends and a rekindled aspect to his Jewish life at the 120s club.
Volinsky, a former colonel in the Russian army saluted J-Wire as we left…but he refused out salute in return as we were not wearing caps! And he got to keep the Kiddush cup…a Barmitzvah gift from Emanuel Synagogue.

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great job!
(11/12/2012 3:08:13 PM)
Unreal job eli!! Keep up your amazing work and continue giving the Rebbe nachas...
(11/12/2012 3:27:39 PM)
remnids me of avrham avenu
(11/12/2012 4:27:36 PM)
Eli Schlanger! You da man!!
This guy is 99 & never had a Barmy??? No wonder Moshiach didnt come yet!
(11/12/2012 4:51:14 PM)
Proud of you bro but what happened to your Russian!? ;-)
(11/12/2012 8:14:49 PM)
(11/12/2012 9:46:02 PM)
mazel tov!
so inspiring! proud of the "bar mitzvah boy" and his "rabbi"
(11/12/2012 10:56:07 PM)
Very moving
So proud of you Eli, Mazeltov to Mr Isaac Volinsky and hatzlacha in ALL your peulos.
(11/13/2012 11:35:37 AM)
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