Logan Botvin, who lives in Songdo, South Korea, celebrated his bar mitzvah on May 21 with family and friends, after months of studying Hebrew with a rabbi who made weekly trips from Seoul, an hour away.
Logan Botvin attended his first bar mitzvah this past weekend—and it happened to be his own.
Held at the #Chabad Jewish Community of #Korea in #Seoul, it was a chance to show friends and community members what being Jewish was all about. He was called to the Torah during Saturday-morning services, which were attended by his immediate family, and then joined by community members and friends on Sunday for a celebration. Relatives living in the United States stayed up late and used technology to participate in the festivities remotely.
Logan, who turned 13 in April, lives in the city of #Songdo, more than an hour from the country’s capital of Seoul. As far as he knows, he’s one of two #Jewish students at the middle school he attends (an estimated 1,000 #Jews live in a country of 50 million people). A few months ago, he decided to learn the blessings and study with the rabbi, so he could share his connection to #Judaism with family and friends.
His parents, Victoria Botvin and Darren Dorkin, had suggested the bar mitzvah celebration, though they weren’t sure how it would take shape. The family, which also includes 10-year-old Natasha, is American but has been living abroad for five years, the last two in #SouthKorea.
The teen says he feels the bar mitzvah deepened his Jewish roots, and that he plans to continue learning more about Judaism. “I think it probably changed who I am because it’s a very powerful experience,” says Logan. (📸: Maitri Shah Photography)
Join the global TefillInstagram campaign. Share your Tefillin See with the hashtag #Tefillin50