Jewish boxer has second bar mitzvah on Masada

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

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Boxing ring (illustration)
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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.



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