Thirteen-year-old Jacob Selwyn used his flying fingers to take on the challenge of completing 13 scrambled Rubik’s cubes and puzzles in less than 13 minutes while raising £2,300 for Emunah. His feat took place at his father’s workplace The Creative Clinic in Mill Hill, where remarkably, the Yavneh College student solved all 13 puzzles in just over 10 minutes.

The challenge took place ahead of Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, where his parents Adam and Joanna Selwyn, are members.

Jacob said: “I took on the challenge because I know there are a lot of kids in Israel who come from scrambled and messed-up homes, who are less fortunate than me. Thanks to Emunah the money I have raised will mean better lives for neglected boys and
girls my age.”

British Emunah director Deborah Nathan who adjudicated the challenge said: “Well done Jacob for this super-original Bar Mitzvah twinning which was fantastic fun… Thanks to the help of your parents and the generosity of the Bar Mitzvah guests and other donors, the money raised will enable Emunah to support at-risk children through our centres and services in Israel.”

Adam Selwyn added: “Jacob smashed his Rubik’s challenge and he was amazing in shul – we are incredibly proud.”