Eighteen teenagers on the United Jewish Israel Appeal [UJIA]’s bar and bat mitzvah programme marked their coming of age amid the pandemic.
Ceremonies were held last week in Kiryat Bialik, a city north of Haifa.
The girls’ ceremony included traditional Ethiopian dancing with each child receiving a set of Shabbat candles and a Siddur. A separate event was held for boys at a local synagogue.
In previous years, Israeli celebrants were joined by UK families with children from the same age group.
UJIA CEO Mandie Winston said: “I’m so proud of our Bar and Bat Mitzvah programme participants and of the UJIA team in Israel who did their utmost to give them a celebration they will remember for the rest of their lives. It’s fantastic that British Jews are able to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of these young Israelis.”