Jewish boxer has second bar mitzvah on Masada

Grandson of Holocaust survivor 'brought people to tears' with second bar mitzvah on historic Israeli site.


Boxing ring (illustration)
Boxing ring (illustration)

JTA - Undefeated boxer Dustin Fleischer had a second bar mitzvah on Masada during a Birthright Israel trip.

Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” was part of an Aug. 10-21 Birthright Israel trip sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, based in the central part of the state. He is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

“The service was incredible and brought tears of joy to people’s eyes,” the New Jersey fighter wrote in the Forward. “It was an amazing feeling and I was honored to be bar mitzvahed alongside the members of my Birthright group. Afterwards, we celebrated this rite of passage with a camel ride through the desert.”

Fleischer, 27, is a junior welterweight with a 6-0 record, including five knockouts.

He told the New Jersey Jewish News earlier this summer that he became interested in traveling to Israel after he attended a community Birthright orientation offered by the federation.