B’nei Mitzvah

October 2018

Andrew Lord

Parashat Vayeira
Saturday, October 27

My favorite thing about being Jewish is the community. I have so many Jewish friends and have loved getting to know them. I also love my home away from home, Camp Coleman. I have made so many life-long memories at there and I hope to make many more.

To me, becoming a Bar Mitzvah means having a larger role in the community. As people treat me more like an adult, I also have a role in participating in services, learning, and helping those who are in need.

Perseverance is an important quality when learning Hebrew. Learning Hebrew requires patience and practice. Fortunately, I had help from teachers and tutors. But I also learned that I am capable of doing difficult things.

For my mitzvah project, I made sandwiches for the homeless shelter. I created a fundraiser, bought the supplies, and then gathered my friends to help me make the food. We made hundreds of sandwiches and bagged lunches with two sandwiches in each bag, a bottle of water, chips, a banana, and a cream pie for dessert. My mom and I then delivered the sandwiches to the homeless shelter.

I plan to keep learning about Judaism through Camp Coleman and Hebrew High. Going to Hebrew High will help me stay in touch with friends and keep learning about my religion as well. I plan to be an active member of our community.

Andrew Lord is the son of Annie and Harrison Lord. He has a younger sister, Hadley. Send messages of congratulations.

Nathan Moreland

Parashat Vayeira
Saturday, October 27

My favorite thing about being Jewish is being unique – I like that I am different from most of my friends at school and in the neighborhood.  I like celebrating the holidays and teaching people about them.  Becoming a Bar Mitzvah means that I am now more responsible for my own choices and that I am an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community.  The process of becoming a Bar Mitzvah has taught me that I can achieve what I want if I put my mind and efforts towards my goals.  It has helped me to becoming more responsible and to better manage my time.

For my Mitzvah Project, I volunteered with Room in the Inn, which provides housing and meals for the homeless.  I enjoyed helping others less fortunate and it made me realize how lucky my family and I are to have the privileges that we have.

I believe that religion is an important aspect of everyday life.  I will try to lead each day with the idea of Tikkun Olam in mind – looking at every part of my day with the thought of how can I help or make something into a better situation.

Nathan is the son of Ted and Lisa Moreland of Charlotte, NC.  He is the grandson of Ann and the late Rick Lippe of Pittsburgh, PA and Ellen Moreland and the late Ford Moreland of Pittsburgh PA.  Nathan is the younger brother to Quincey Moreland. Send words of mazel tov.

November 2018

Alexander Lewis

Parashat Chayei Sarah
Saturday, November 3

My favorite thing about being Jewish is the culture and the food. My favorite Jewish food is Matzah Ball soup during the Passover Seder. Becoming a Bar Mitzvah is an important day in my life because it is the day I will be a grown up in the Jewish faith and shows that I worked to accomplish a pretty big thing.

For my mitzvah project I volunteered with the boy scouts for a local organization. A group of over 100 went to the houses of less fortunate people and helped fix things in their homes that were in need of repair because they couldn’t afford it or do the work themselves.  I worked on a woman’s home to help put new gutters on, did yardwork for and helped paint the inside of her house. She was a veterinarian before she retired and had some rough times.

After my Bar Mitzvah, I will continue to attend Hebrew High and be part of next year’s Confirmation Class. I look forward to learning about all the different religions in that class and going on the Confirmation Trip.

Alex and Ryan are the children of James and Beth Lewis and the siblings of Darien and Tyler Lewis. They are the grandchildren of Arnold and Beverly Rosenfeld of Indian Land, SC. Send messages of mazal tov.

Ryan Lewis

Parashat Chayei Sarah
Saturday, November 3

My favorite part of being Jewish is the food, specifically Matzah Ball soup and hard boiled eggs at Passover.  I also have enjoyed getting to meet so many new people at Hebrew School.  Becoming a Bar Mitzvah to me means becoming an adult at Temple, which means I will get to go to Hebrew High and take more interesting and fun classes.

My Mitzvah project was a service project I did with the boy scouts in Waxhaw. We helped people who needed to get their houses fixed but they don’t have the money to do it or they have other challenges that prevent them from doing it themselves. I got to go under someone’s house and help put new support beams under the house in the crawlspace. The woman I helped was very nice and appreciative of our help and talked to me about her life.

After the Bar Mitzvah I am looking forward to Hebrew High and making more Jewish friends.

Alex and Ryan are the children of James and Beth Lewis and the siblings of Darien and Tyler Lewis. They are the grandchildren of Arnold and Beverly Rosenfeld of Indian Land, SC. Send messages of mazal tov.

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Ethan Dippold

Parashat Noach
Saturday, October 13

My favorite thing about being Jewish is being part of a community and celebrating holidays together.  I enjoyed being part of a “chavurah” growing up that celebrated Havdalah together once a month. Becoming a bar mitzvah means becoming a more responsible member of the community and giving back to that community. I enjoyed working with Jewish Family Services to meet the needs of members of our community and welcoming Shabbat with Jewish residents of the Carriage Club.

As I have prepared for my Bar Mitzvah I learned that I am able to accomplish whatever I set my mind to.  Learning my Torah portion was challenging but I persevered and accomplished my goal. As I become an adult, I look forward to creating my own Jewish community and finding ways to express my Jewish identity.

Ethan is the son of John and Talli Dippold. He is the brother of Anya and Sasha Dippold. He is the grandson of Esther Pollack of Beer Sheva, Israel, Mary Dippold of Bow, New Hampshire, and Joshua and Michal of Los Angeles, California. Send Mazel Tov messages.

Sasha Dippold

Parashat Noach
Saturday, October 13

My favorite thing about being Jewish is the sense of community and celebrating holidays with friends and family. Becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that I am taking on a bigger role in the Jewish community and giving back. The preparation for becoming a Bat Mitzvah has made me appreciate my surroundings more. For my Bat Mitzvah project, I collected and served food to the homeless. This experience made me realize that we need to work together to help others who are in need.

One of my favorite experiences is attending Jewish camp each summer.  Particularly, I love Shabbat at camp! Everyone wears white and honors the holiday with songs and a festive meal, including the famous Apple Brown Betty. My favorite part is when all of the counselors surround us and bless us all.

As an adult, I look forward to continuing the traditions that I learned at home and at camp by creating a Jewish home and being part of a Jewish community.

Sasha is the daughter of John and Talli Dippold. She is the sister of Anya and Ethan Dippold. She is the granddaughter of Esther Pollack of Beer Sheva, Israel, Mary Dippold of Bow, New Hampshire, and Joshua and Michal of Los Angeles, California. Send Mazel Tov messages.

Hannah Benson

Parashat B'reishit
Saturday, October 6

My favorite part about being Jewish is the sense of community. Everyone this there for one another to support and uplift each other through the good and bad times. To me becoming a Bat Mitzvah means gaining to responsibilities and experiences. Now that I am an adult I must take on new task that are difficult, and I get to try new things. In preparing for my Bat Mitzvah, I have learned that it is important to have a group of people who support and help you when you are struggling. I have also learned that I am a little bit of a procrastinator.

For my mitzvah project I volunteered at loaves and fishes and helped make sandwiches for the homeless. I choose this project because I know that I am fortunate and I want to give to those who are in need. Though I have completed this journey, I plan to keep learning about Judaism. I will do this by coming to services, taking in part in one of the youth groups, and Hebrew High.

My parents names are Tara and Doug Benson, and I have one sibling named Emily Benson. My grandparents are Mark and Stefanie Benson, they live in Rockland County, New York. My other set of Grandparents are Jeanette and Spencer Chapman and they live in  Edwardsville, Illinois. Send messages of Mazal Tov to Hannah.

Lilly Pesakoff

Parashat B'reishit
Saturday, October 6

My favorite thing about being Jewish is the food. I love the challah at Shabbat, the hamantaschen on Purim, and all of the other amazing meals. To me, becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that I am considered an adult in the Jewish community. I get all of the same privileges as all of the other adults such as being able to have Aliyah to the Torah, light the candles at Shabbat, being able to fast on Yom Kippur, and being able to take responsibility for my actions.

While preparing for my Bat Mitzvah, I have learned that the Jewish culture and religion is very important to me. It is an important step in life to become a Bat Mitzvah. For my mitzvah project, I made pillows for kids at Freedom School for their reading time. I chose this because I wanted to make their reading time better and more enjoyable for them because I love to read. I learned that I am very lucky to have all that I have. I plan to keep living with Judaism by going to Temple on holidays and to keep learning.

Lilly is the daughter of Beth and Bobby Pesakoff. She is the middle sister of Sophie and Ruby. She is the granddaughter of Diggie and Lee Pesakoff and George Johnson of Charlotte, NC and the late Julie Honey of Cary, NC. Send a Bat Mitzvah Mazal Tov.

Sam McRary

Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot
Saturday, September 29

My favorite thing about being Jewish is that I am very unique. I also really enjoy celebrating holidays like Hanukkah and Passover. My family creates special memories during the holidays. I love a lot of the Jewish food like challah and the falafel at camp. Becoming a Bar Mitzvah, means that I have to take responsibility for my own actions. I am going to be an adult in the Jewish community, and be able to make a bigger change in the world.

For my mitzvah project, I decided to help out at Sterling Elementary School. I like to help people that are not as fortunate as I am. I love to help people and I want to make a difference in the world. We collected tons of school supplies for Sterling Elementary, since a lot of the kids that go there, cannot afford to buy their own supplies. We are also reading to some of the Kindergarten kids, as well as doing other projects to help out at the school.

Congratulations to my sister for becoming a Bat Mitzvah. She was a great partner, and is an amazing twin sister. It was fun working with her on this, even if she was difficult at times. Just kidding. After my Bar Mitzvah, I will keep going to services and helping out in the Jewish Community. I will also keep going to 6 Points, a Jewish sleep away camp.

Sarah and Sam are the children of Robert and Naomi. Send notes of congratulations.

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