Monday, June 22, 2009

Bar Mitzvah in Tombs

My favorite recent news story concerns the bar mitzvah celebration for sixty guests held in the Tombs, otherwise known as The Manhattan Detention Complex, for the son of Tuvia Stern, who had been arrested for larceny. Allegedly, the event was arranged by orthodox Rabbi Leib Glanz, through political connections.  The party, which went on for six hours, included live music and catered food.  I would love to see the menu.  One media source reported that Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil, a Muslim chaplain, assisted Rabbi Glanz in the bar mitzvah arrangements.  I wonder what the young man said for his bar mitzvah speech.   

Now that I think of it, let's have more parties inside of prisons!