Like the old saying goes, better late than never. An 82-year-old man from Florida will soon hold his bar mitzvah, a coming-of-age ritual usually extended to Jewish boys upon turning 13 years old, almost nearly 70 years later.
Sol Laufer never got to have his when he was a teenager back in 1941 because the Nazis placed Laufer and his family into a Jewish ghetto during World War II. He was later sent to a concentration camp and survived by eating flour & sawdust bread rations and watery soup.
Sadly, his entire family was killed in the Holocaust.
On Saturday, Laufer, a retiree who founded a high-end optic systems company, will celebrate his bar mitzvah at Chabad of Sarasota.
The rabbi at Chabad says Laufer’s is the oldest initiation he’s ever conducted.