Muhammad Ali’s Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

We’ve called former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali “The Greatest,” “The People’s Champion” and “The Louisville Lip.” Now we might want to also call him “Zaidy” — and a very proud one at that.

The boxing news site “The Sweet Science” reports that the Muslim Ali’s grandson recently became a bar mitzvah. The 13-year-old boy, Jacob Wertheimer, is the son of Ali’s daughter Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer and her husband, Spencer Wertheimer.

“I was born and raised as a Muslim,” Ali-Wertheimer said. “But I’m not into organized religion. I’m more spiritual than religious. My husband is Jewish. No one put any pressure on Jacob to believe one way or another. He chose this on his own because he felt a kinship with Judaism and Jewish culture.” Accordingly, Jacob had his bar mitzvah ceremony at Philadelphia’s Congregation Rodeph Shalom on April 28.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Muhammad Ali’s Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah”

  1. Joel Zand Says:

    Thanks for sharing that moving quote by Muhammad Ali at Olympic games in Atlanta

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