Jewish rite of passage (illustration)
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Bar mitzvah boy gives $13,000 to troops
Joshua Neidorf of Los Angeles donates sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help injured American war veterans, active duty soldiers
To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers.


The University of California Los Angeles' Operation Mend program recently accepted a $13,000 donation from Joshua Neidorf, following his Jewish rite of passage.


Neidorf was inspired to make the gift after his family signed up to be a local social support system for an Operation Mend care recipient, Army Sgt. Louis Dahlman.


Dahlman was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007, and now lives in eastern Texas.


During his travels to LA for a long series of jaw reconstruction surgeries, the Neidorfs have grown close to him through social visits.



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