A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland
First Virtual Bar Mitzvah at TI
The public health crisis forced the cancellation of the scheduled bar mitzvah – the first of the year at Tikvat Israel in Rockville and the first to be presided over by Rabbi Marc Israel (who joined us last June) – on Saturday, March 29. But a day later, Daniel Malkin, a 7th-grader at Julius West Middle School, had the chance to read his Torah portion in front of 60 synagogue members, his grandmother in Japan and other relatives stranded by social distancing in San Diego, Atlanta, Austin, Texas via Zoom video conferencing software. He did so from his living room with his parents flanking him.