Aug 19, 2013
Bar Mitzvah at Chabad Camp

A Lubavitch connection over 35 years led to an emotional Bar Mitzvah at Chabad of Ilford's Gan Israel Summer Camp.

Drew Thompson has just celebrated his Bar-Mitzvah at a weekday ceremony which was incorporated into the Camp day at Chabad Gan Izzy Ilford Summer Scheme in an emotional and moving service followed by dancing with all the campers.

Delilah, Drew’s mother was a student at the Lubavitch Girls High School in London 35 years ago and throughout the time since then has stayed in touch with Rabbi Shmuel Lew, who was proud to be able to participate in the Bar-Mitzvah.

“Over the years I’ve been through many challenges and Rabbi Lew was always there for me, to help, support and guide me,” she said. “Being able to have Rabbi Lew participate in my son’s Bar-Mitzvah has been amazing.”

Drew’s non-Jewish father was in attendance with some of his family all of whom enjoyed the experience and were delighted to participate and be made to feel so welcome.

A couple of years ago Rabbi Lew asked Rabbi Odom Brandman of Chabad Buckhurst Hill to go and visit Drew and Delilah, to bring them candles for Chanukah, to speak about Drew attending a Jewish school and to start thinking about a Bar-Mitzvah. Drew started to attend King Solomon High School and Rabbis Lew and Brandman arranged private lessons for Drew to begin from scratch learning to read Hebrew and studying Judaism.

Rev Johnny Lorraine was commissioned for the job, and at the Bar-Mitzvah Drew leined all three parts of the Thursday morning Torah reading extremely fluently and with great confidence. At the service, conducted by Rabbi Brandman, tribute was paid to Rev Lorraine for doing such an amazing job, and to Drew for the huge amount of effort that he put into his preparation.
A new pair of Tefilin was bought for Drew by the 2 Rabbis and the Camp staff prepared a wonderful breakfast for the family to enjoy after the Shul service.
Camp staff created a Mechitza in the dinning room and to the surprise of all the family, when they walked in for breakfast, the whole camp was there to greet them and they all joined in singing and dancing.

One of the Camp parents, Michaela Harding, a photographer from The Photo People was on hand to take pictures and something special was in the air as the Bar-Mitzvah took place.

At the breakfast, Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin from Chabad Ilford spoke together with Rabbi Lew who both expressed the great significance of the occasion.


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1
TRUE NACHAS
Every neshama is a "piece" of HaShem MAMOSH !!!
(8/19/2013 4:04:42 PM)
2
Rabbi Shmuel Lew
Rabbi Lew is a True Mechanech - with devotion to his students into the next generations. What an inspiration to all of us - the responsibility is never over!
(8/19/2013 5:11:14 PM)
3
WOW!
this story brought tears to my eyes.
(8/19/2013 5:48:16 PM)
4
amazing!!
wooo go cgi ilford staff!!
(8/19/2013 6:18:04 PM)
5
CGI ILFROD
BEST CAMP OUT THERE AND BEST SHLUCHIM!!!
(8/19/2013 8:03:04 PM)
6
CGI ILFORD!
Best camp ever!! Most amazing, dedicated and inspirational Shluchim!!
(8/19/2013 8:21:57 PM)
7
RABBI LEW
i AGREE. HE CONTINUES TO CARE FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN ALL THESE YEARS AFTER I GRADUATED. A TRUE SOLDIER IN THE REBBES ARMY.
(8/19/2013 10:03:40 PM)
8
go Odom -izzy
ODOM IS THE MAN!!!!!
(8/19/2013 10:05:01 PM)
9
Mazal Tov
Mazal Tov to the Bar Mitzva boy. Well done for all the hard work you put into learning for your Bar Mitzva - and Mazal Tov to the Mom - Your'e a great Mom and person!!! Wish you lots of nachas from all your children.
(8/20/2013 12:57:50 AM)
10
go dom brandman:)
Still remember you from your Sydney days!!
(8/20/2013 7:14:34 AM)
11
naches
true naches
(8/20/2013 7:37:14 AM)
12
Moshê
Baruch HaShem
(8/23/2013 12:13:12 PM)
13
wonderful Barmitzvah
What a Kiddush Hashem. Well done to the Amazing Rabbi Lew & Rabbi Brandman Rev Lorraine and camp staff. You make us all so proud. Hope Drew and family keep coming back to Buckhurst Hill Chabad
(8/26/2013 4:05:33 AM)
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