Saturday, October 12
My favorite things about being Jewish are the food and being part of the community. Ever since preschool at CJP, I have loved Challah. Potato latkes are pretty good too! I have made such amazing friends at Religious School and at my camp, 6 Points Sports Academy.
Becoming a Bat Mitzvah taught me that I can do anything when I put my mind to something and work hard. Now that I am a Jewish adult, I plan to go Hebrew High, attend more NFTY events and continue to go to my camp, to live my Jewish values.
When I was in second grade, my Religious School class visited the Sunrise community. We sang with the residents and it made my day to see them so happy. Ever since that day, I always told my parents that for my Mitzvah project, I wanted to volunteer with seniors so that is what I did! I spent time at the Oasis Senior Center. I had a lot of fun, laughing with them and playing games. They even taught me how to play Rummy Q.
Sydney is the daughter of Nancy and Joe Adamo and the sister of Emily. Her grandparents are Gloria and the late Herb Zorn of Indian Trail, NC and Loraine and Angelo Adamo of Stallings, NC. Send notes of mazel tov.
Saturday, September 21
My favorite thing about being Jewish is celebrating Chanukah (because I like getting presents!) The rest of the holidays are cool, too. To me, becoming a bat mitzvah means I am a Jewish adult, which means I have my own responsibilities in the Jewish community now, like helping others in need and getting a little more serious about how I celebrate the holidays.
I learned that becoming a bat mitzvah is hard – practicing Hebrew every day took more time and energy than I had thought it would. I liked hanging out with people during Sheva – they’re pretty funny.
For my mitzvah project, I donated food and blankets to the Humane Society. I really like animals and wanted to find a way to help make sure they were comfortable and that they always had something to eat. I felt happy that I got to contribute to the animals the Human Society is keeping safe.
Jaime Burrell is the daughter of Rachel and Jeff Burrell. She is the sister of Ryan Burrell. She is the granddaughter of Diane Axelrod and Bob Lindenbaum of Philadelphia, PA. Send notes of mazal tov.
Saturday, September 21
When I was younger, I wasn’t very involved in the Jewish community, but as I got older, I became very interested in Judaism. I decided that becoming a bat mitzvah would be the perfect way to learn more about Hebrew and the history of our people.
I believe that everyone has a chance to shine and should be able to, and I see my bat mitzvah as one of those times. I really wanted to work hard and show that I could do it, even though I started learning Hebrew later than other b’nei mitzvah students. The bat mitzvah process has taught me many things. For example: you should always be prepared, it is fun to learn new things, and I like being able to understand what everyone is talking about. I know those things will help me shine during my bat mitzvah.
For my service hours I volunteered for the SPCA and Charlotte Family Housing. I played with children while their parents were in meetings. When I worked for the SPCA I got to make sure every dog shined and helped them find an owner. Overall, this entire bat mitzvah process has been a new experience that I will keep with me forever.
Megan Reif is the daughter of Susan and Michael Reif. She is the sister of Jennifer Reif. She is the granddaughter of Sara Leopold of Chicago IL. Send notes of mazal tov.
Saturday, September 14
My favorite part about being Jewish are the holidays. I really like Chanukah because of the games we play and the food. I also enjoy having a connection with Temple Beth El. I have been going to this Temple for literally my entire life, all the way from my brit milah to this Bar Mitzvah moment. Whenever my mother introduces me to a person at Temple, I ask her whether or not he or she held me as a baby. Ninety-three percent of the time she says yes. For me, being Jewish means family. It means taking care of each other as my family has done for me my entire life.
For my Bar Mitzvah project I helped out at the Relatives. The Relatives is a safe place for runaway kids. I played with the kids and ate meals with them. Helping at the Relatives opened my eyes to the truth that some kids are not as fortunate as you and I, and we can help them feel better. Not only that, but I had a great time – it was really fun! Take some time out of your day to help someone else.
Now that I am a Bar Mitzvah, I want to be a Madrich at the Religious School. I really enjoy working with the younger kids and look forward to doing that in the coming years.
Saturday, September 7
My favorite things about being Jewish are the traditions and holidays. The holidays are fun and they give me time to be with family and friends which I enjoy! My favorite Jewish holiday is Chanukah. I like this holiday because of all of the good food we eat like latkes and jelly doughnuts. To me, becoming a bat mitzvah means that I have more responsibility in the world and I have a bigger impact on bigger decisions since I have become a Jewish adult. As I approach my bat mitzvah date, I am looking forward to becoming a Jewish adult. My hard work over the years that I have been studying for this day will pay off when I recite my prayers and chant from the Torah.
For my mitzvah project, I volunteered at Bright Blessings, an organization that helps out kids who can’t have birthday parties and bring cupcakes to school like the other kids. Bright Blessings also helps with the homeless and less fortunate newborns. I prepared packages for less fortunate kids who could really use it. I also helped make goodie bags for classroom celebrations, so birthday kids feel special, even if their parents cannot send cupcakes to school on their birthday. I also volunteered at a group home operated by InReach, an organization that provides housing and vocational services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. InReach provides quality support and services to children and adults who suffer from disabilities in residential and community settings. At the group home we helped set up an outdoor patio swing and made dinner with them. Doing my mitzvah project made me open my eyes and see how fortunate I am. Now that I am a bat mitzvah I plan to keep learning about Judaism by going to Friday night services, going to Hebrew High, and being a madricha.
Ayla Gale is the daughter of Dawn and Anthony Gale. She is the sister of Isaac Gale. Send notes of mazal tov.