Friends, I am in need of some advice on how to proceed. My paternal
grandfather, Morris DATZ, was honored with a Bar Mitzvah at the
approximate age of 80 which would have been in 1956 (or perhaps he
was 83 which would have been in 1959). I actually remember being in
the synagogue for the occasion. The event took place at Temple Sinai
in Brooklyn, NY. Since there are/were a number of synagogues named
Temple Sinai at the time, I did my research and determined that the
one I am seeking was located on the southwest corner of Bradford
Street and Arlington Avenue, just a short walk >from my grandparents'
home on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn. A photograph of the building
taken in 1941 is exactly as I remember it. The congregation left in
1986, after selling the building to a Spanish Pentecostal church,
Mision Cristiana Bethesda. This is all the information I have.
My questions are:
1) How common was this honorary Bar Mitzvah?
2) Does anyone know if any documentation of this event would have
been kept by the synagogue? The remnants of the family have no
3) Does anyone have any idea how I might go about finding this
particular congregation so that I might inquire about any
Los Angeles, CA
Researching: DATZ, SAPERSTEIN/SIPERSTEIN, WALZER, DEREWITZ