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Holocaust survivor 85 finally has a bar mitzvah
February 2, 2011, 2:45 pm
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Celebrating bar mitzvah after 72 years 

Holocaust survivor Yosef Kineshtlich, 85, gets to lay Tefillin and deliver sermon in special ceremony

Yosef Kineshtlich, 85, of Haifa has been dreaming about completing his bar mitzvah ceremony for 72 years. Last week, he finally got to lay Tefillin and deliver his sermon in an excited voice. 

“Just before the war, my parents brought over a rabbi who began teaching me the sermon,” says Kineshtlich, who has two children and seven grandchildren. “And then the war broke out and we were taken to the ghetto. In 1943 the ghetto was destroyed, and I never saw my parents or my sister again.”

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