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  • Guido de Gorgey Hungary

    Budapest, Hungary… March 19, 1944 – When the Germans occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944, Guido de Gorgey, a twenty-four-year-old lieutenant in the Hungarian army, was [Read More]

  • Dara Djosevic Yugoslavia

    Belgrade, Yugoslavia… May 1941 – On the eve of World War II, Avraham Adanja and Dara Djosevic were engaged to be married. They postponed their wedding [Read More]

  • Helena Bakala Poland

    Warsaw, Poland… 1941 –  Helena Bakala and her husband, Tadeusz, lived near the Warsaw ghetto.  They were deeply troubled by the Germans’ brutality towards their Jewish [Read More]

  • Hasmik and Tigran Tashtshiyan Ukraine

    Simferopol, Ukraine… 1941 – On November 1, 1941 the Germans occupied Simferopol, a Ukrainian city on the Crimean peninsula near the Black Sea. By the time they [Read More]

  • Leokadia Kawalec Poland

    Tarnobrzeg, Poland… October 1942 – When actions against the Jews increased, two families sought refuge with the Kawalec family, which included Leokadia, her sister, and her parents. For [Read More]

About the Program

Every participant in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program will have the opportunity to twin with a Righteous Gentile who saved Jews during the Holocaust.  The Bar or Bat Mitzvah chooses a rescuer with whom to be twinned.  The minimum donation for the Twinning Program is $180.

For families who would like to become more involved in our program, the JFR offers appropriate invitations for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  An invitation has been specially designed for the JFR by Checkerboard Ltd., a leading stationery and printing company that specializes in custom invitations. By using JFR–Checkerboard invitations, your family can share its act of tzedakah and involvement with the JFR with your family, friends, and guests.  The minimum donation for participating in the Invitation Program is $180.

Each participant in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program – Twinning and Invitation – will receive a certificate with the name of his or her chosen rescuer, and if your rabbi permits, it can presented during the service.

You can learn more about the JFR Twinning and Invitation options here.

Twinning

LEARNING ABOUT COURAGE, MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH TZEDAKAH

The Twinning program is a way to make a significant impact – both in the daily life of a rescuer and for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  The stories of rescue are very powerful, and the educational component of the program is strong.  At the same time, the program teaches about the importance of tzedakah, hakarat hatov (the recognition and searching out of goodness), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The first step is to select a rescuer with whom to be twinned.  For stories of rescue, please click here.  The Bar or Bat Mitzvah will receive a twinning certificate that can be presented during the service.

The minimum donation for this program is $180.

  • To sign-up and make your donation online for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, please click here.
  • To download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah form for you to complete and send with your gift to the JFR office, please click here.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Rebecca Schaeffer at 1.212.727.9955 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Bar Mitzvah Invitations

BAR/BAT MITZVAH INVITATION

An invitation has been specially designed for the JFR by Checkerboard Ltd., a leading stationery and printing company that specializes in custom invitations. When a Bar/Bat Mitzvah family selects the JFR-Checkerboard invitation, they will be supporting the work of the JFR. The invitation is available online at eInvite.com or through local Checkerboard dealers. You can call 1.800.735.2475 to locate your closest Checkerboard representative.

The invitation is appropriate for either a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and includes a short paragraph on the work of the JFR and a paragraph from the family explaining that they are making a donation to the JFR on behalf of each of their guests. If the family prefers another Checkerboard invitation, they may select any other Checkerboard Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation. In addition to the invitation shown on this page, Checkerboard has designed a more contemporary Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah invitation. Most families identify a specific rescuer that they would like to be twinned with and the rescuer’s name is included in the invitation.

When a family selects either the specially designed JFR invitation or another Checkerboard invitation that includes the JFR information, they are agreeing to make a donation to the JFR of $5 for each invitation mailed.

For invitations purchased on eInvite.com, 20% of the purchase price of your order will be automatically donated to the JFR by Checkerboard. For the JFR to receive this donation from Checkerboard, you need to click on one of the eInvite.com links on the JFR website and complete your order on eInvite.com.  When you go to eInvite.com from the JFR website, you will see at the top of the page, “Partnering with The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.”

Before Checkerboard will print your invitation, whether you order it through a Checkerboard dealer or eInvite.com, you will need to contact the JFR and make your pledge of $5 for each invitation mailed.  The JFR will then notify Checkerboard and your stationery dealer that you made your pledge.  Without this memo from the JFR, Checkerboard will not proceed with your order.

  • To sign-up and make your donation online for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, please click here.
  • To download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah form for you to complete and send with your gift to the JFR office, please click here.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Rebecca Schaeffer at 1.212.727.9955 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Going Above and Beyond

In addition to offering families a Twinning or Invitation option, we encourage participants to think creatively about how they can incorporate the JFR into their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  In the past, we have had participants ask their guests to donate to the JFR in lieu of giving them a gift.  Participants have also organized walk-a-thons, bake sales, swim meets, and garage sales as fundraisers for the JFR.  Recently, one participant sold blue wristbands that said, “Never Forget,” to his guests and donated the proceeds to the JFR.  If you are interested in creating your own Mitzvah project in support of rescuers, JFR staff is available to help you design a project and provide you with informational materials about the work of the JFR.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Rebecca Schaeffer at 1.212.727.9955 or send an e-mail to [email protected].  Our fax number is: 1.212.727.9956.