News Briefs: Drake Throws Re-Bar Mitzvah, Elkins Park Synagogue Honored, and More

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Half-Jewish Rapper Throws “Re-Bar Mitzvah” Party

Rapper Drake — real name Aubrey Drake Graham — threw a 31st birthday party for himself he dubbed “Aubrey’s re-Bar Mitzvah,” the New York Post reported.

The paper noted that 31 is the reverse of 13, the traditional Bar Mitzvah age.

The party featured a rooftop dinner with family and friends in Los Angeles, followed by a nightclub party that included celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Tobey Maguire and Odell Beckham, Jr. The party featured some common Bar Mitzvah themes, such as a photo booth, cups with Drake’s name on them and Dippin’ Dots ice cream pellets.

Drake has a Jewish mother and attended a Jewish day school in Toronto. In 2014, he parodied his Bar Mitzvah while hosting Saturday Night Live.

Holocaust Museum to Posthumously Honor Local Donor

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will posthumously honor longtime supporter Peter Feuer of Rydal at its 2017 “What You Do Matters” Philadelphia Dinner on Nov. 8.

Feuer, who died in April at age 74, will be honored with the 2017 National Leadership Award for his lifelong dedication to advancing the museum’s mission and securing its future.

In 2016, he honored the memory and legacy of his father, Otto Feuer, with a $1 million gift to the museum’s new Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center, which safeguards the evidence and preserves the collection of record on the Holocaust. He and his brother, Michael J. Feuer, donated their father’s concentration camp uniform and jacket to the museum at last year’s dinner.  

The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Union League.

Synagogue Honored for Inclusion Efforts

The Inclusion In Worship Ministry of Pathways.org, a Chicago-based nonprofit, recognized Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El of Elkins Park with a $1,000 cash grant to support their efforts to welcome individuals of all abilities.

The synagogue was cited for moving to a ground level, accessible facility six years ago to better welcome people with mobility needs, while its inclusion committee enhances a warm, welcoming environment that affirms the dignity of all congregants and guests.

The congregation has installed a new sound system and will use its 2017 Open Hearts Award grant to purchase assistive listening devices for members who need individual technical support to hear.

Astros Star First Jewish Player to Have World Series Game-Winning Hit

Alex Bregman’s RBI single on Oct. 29 not only won Game Five of the World Series, but was the first-ever walk-off hit by a Jewish player in the World Series, according to JTA.

Bregman, an infielder on the Houston Astros, hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and a runner on second base to win the game 13-12. In six plate appearances during the five-hour-plus game, Bregman walked and hit another single