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May 22, 2003
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An 89-year-old man in Australia celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. Morris Wellins was orphaned as a young boy in his native Glasgow and was brought up by his sister, living in poverty with no formal Jewish education. At age 41 he moved with his wife and three children from Scotland to Melbourne. Morris, who had not been inside a synagogue for 50 years, was persuaded by local Rabbi Nir Gurevitch to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at the Gold Coast Hebrew Congregation. “I thought it was time to do the right thing after all those years,” Morris said.

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