Rod Keskiner made his bar mitzvah when he was 13 years old, but felt as if he was just going through the motions. Today, twenty six years later, after finding a "new temple family that embraced him", he will celebrate his bar mitzvah again with his new temple family.
The idea came from his rabbi who wanted Rod to experience the rite in a meaningful way.
Keskiner, who has cerebral palsy and uses technology to talk, is a college graduate and has worked at St. Petersburg College on the Clearwater campus for 16 years. His coworkers plan to attend today's event.