Richard and Marlene (nee Gottfried) Markowitz of Philadelphia marked the beginning of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration with the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Spencer Markowitz. Spencer is the son of Dena and Steven, and brother of Lacey Markowitz. Attending the ceremony were the couple's son Howard Markowitz and his wife Julie.
The entire family marked a second Bar Mitzvah ceremony at Masada. The actual anniversary on June 26 was celebrated in Jerusalem.
Culminating the festivities was a morning service at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim led by Howard, Spencer, Steven and Richard. Dena, Lacey and granddaughter Olivia, along with close friend Randi Freeman, also participated in the service. A luncheon in the couple's honor followed the service.