Slow recovery after lightning strike at Jewish camp

Instead of a traditional bar mitzvah, Ethan Kadish’s family will mark his 13th birthday in a hospital

Indiana's Goldman Union Camp Institute was the site of a catastrophic lightning strike earlier this summer. (Facebook)

Indiana’s Goldman Union Camp Institute was the site of a catastrophic lightning strike earlier this summer. (Facebook)

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EW YORK (JTA) — On Saturday, two weeks after Ethan Kadish’s 13th birthday,  members of his family will gather around a Torah scroll in the chapel of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a small ceremony marking his entrance into adulthood.

This was not the bar mitzvah that Scott and Alexia Kadish envisioned seven weeks ago when Ethan was still at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Zionsville, Ind.

 Scott and Alexia had just finished mailing Ethan’s bar mitzvah invitations and were making final plans for a week of vacation when they received the call: While helping younger campers learn the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, Ethan and two other children had been struck by lightning.