This New York bar mitzvah bochur has gotten his adult years off to the right start.
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, who recently celebrated his thirteenth birthday.
Ynet reports that the equipment was purchased thanks to Noah, 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, according to the Ynet report.
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 cutting edge, innovative technology – with the children of Israel.”
The bus’ advanced 3D printer allows the production of almost any object ranging from shoes, furniture, and kitchen equipment to toys and prostheses for the disabled and blind.