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Bar-Mitzvah boy donates all his money for the children of Israel.

Noah Helfstein, a 13-year-old scientist from New York, donated $76,000 to less fortunate Israeli children; the advanced technology of the ‘Maker Bus’ to pass throughout Israel and encourage children to pursue their dreams of becoming scientists.

Itamar Eichner


The first-ever “Maker Bus” – a specially renovated mobile technology lab where the means of production make the most advanced technology in the world available – will pass throughout Israel thanks to the funds donated by Noah Helfstein, an American Bar Mitzvah boy.

The equipment was purchased thanks to Helfstein, a 13 year-old boy from New York, who worked with UJA-Federation of New York’s “Give a Mitzvah-Do a Mitzvah” program and decided to donate all of his Bar-Mitzvah money, $76,000, to bring “Do-It-Yourself (DIY)” technology to less fortunate Israeli children. Despite his young age, Noah is interested in DIY technology and advanced programming capabilities, and is also the proud owner of a 3D printer that he built himself.

“I am very fond of innovative technologies and am connected to them. I chose to donate the money from my bar mitzvah to this project because I wanted to give as many children in Israel the opportunity to experience it,” Helfstein said.


Noah’s parents, Stacy and Jason Helfstein, agreed: “We are so proud Noah chose to be involved in this bar-mitzvah project and share the same opportunity he was fortunate to have – learning about 3D printing and


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