Tom Mart, Joel Herman and Dale Nash are three childhood friends from Cleveland, Ohio, who attended Hebrew School together.
Recently, Tom realized the 50th Anniversary of their Bar Mitzvah services would be approaching and a twist of fate brought him back together with old friends Joel and Dale. Together they decided to celebrate in a big way!
Joel and Dale actually shared the Bimah back on April 25, 1964, for their Bar Mitzvah and Tom’s was on Shabbat HaGadol-Shabbat before Pescach.
On April 12, 2014, these three friends, along with their family and friends, participated in Shabbot morning service at B’nai Jeshurun in Pepper Pike, Ohio, followed by an extended Kiddush that they all sponsored.
Tom, Dale and Joel on the Bimah with the Rabbi
For Tom, he recited his exact long Haftorah. He says, “I practiced on and off for 8 months. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember much!”
Tom Mart on the day of his Bar Mitzvah in 1964 and a current picture
Dale Nash at his Bar Mitzvah and 50 years later
Joel Herman on his Bar Mitzvah day
Mazel Tov to Tom, Dale and Joel on the 50th Anniversary of their Bar Mitzvahs. We thank them for sharing their special story with us at Mitzvah Market!