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Bar / Bat Mitzvah Program

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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.

Each participant in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program 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 program below.



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 Stanlee Stahl at 1.212.727.9955 or send an e-mail to

Going Above and Beyond

In addition to offering families a Twinning opportunity, 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 Stanlee Stahl at 1.212.727.9955 or send an e-mail to  Our fax number is: 1.973.736.1119.