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B’nei Mitzvah

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Blake Sterling

Parashat Chayei Sarah
Saturday, November 11

My favorite thing about being Jewish is that it is not like the other religions. We have more holidays, our own new year and we have the day of atonement! Becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that I have more responsibilities and duties in the eyes of God. In Sheva, I have learned that hard work pays off in the end.

I have done several things for my Mitzvah project. I volunteered at the Matthews Alive Festival to pick up trash and spent many hours helping the faculty and staff get ready for school before school started. I plan to keep learning about Judaism by attending services at Temple.

Blake and Logan Sterling are the daughters of Brian and Elizabeth Sterling. They are identical twin sisters. They are the granddaughters of Annette and Tom Landvatter of West Bend, WI and Alan and Pam Sterling of Indian Land, SC. Notes of Mazel Tov can be sent to: mrseasterling@gmail.com.

Logan Sterling

Parashat Chayei Sarah
Saturday, November 11

My favorite thing about being Jewish is listening to all of the stories in the Torah. I find them fascinating. Becoming a bat mitzvah, means that I am officially a part of my Jewish community. I have learned that it requires hard work to accomplish a big task.

My mitzvah project consisted of helping my teachers set up their classrooms during the summer and participation in the Open House for new students. I also cleaned up trash during Matthews Alive Festival. I chose these tasks because I wanted to find ways to help my community and be more involved. When I was cleaning up trash and setting up classrooms, I learned that there are tasks we shouldn’t take for granted. I realize now that our teachers work countless hours to make our learning environment as clean and fun as possible. I also came to understand how much work and effort is put into simply picking up trash. I plan to keep learning about and living with Judaism by going to services and to read and learn the stories of my Jewish ancestors.

Blake and Logan Sterling are the daughters of Brian and Elizabeth Sterling. They are identical twin sisters. They are the granddaughters of Annette and Tom Landvatter of West Bend, WI and Alan and Pam Sterling of Indian Land, SC. Notes of Mazel Tov can be sent to: mrseasterling@gmail.com.

Lily Fitzgerald

Parashat Lech L'cha
Saturday, October 28

My favorite thing about being Jewish is the community – how everyone’s like so close together. It’s like family; my Sheva class all has sleepovers and hangs out all the time. For me, becoming a Bat Mitzvah means I become a Jewish woman – and it also means I have to fast, which I’m not looking forward to. In preparing for my bat mitzvah, I learned how skilled I am at procrastination.

For my mitzvah project, Cameron and I did a number of things. We volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Dream Center, and with the elderly. The Dream Center was my favorite. We spent time with them at a park, and even though the park didn’t have any of the play equipment most parks I am used to have, the kids played just as well; I was impressed by how creative they were.

As a Jewish adult, I plan to observe all my holidays, keep going to services and lots of other b’nei mitzvah, stay in Sheva this year and sign up for Hebrew High next year, and be a madricha.

Lily Fitzgerald is the daughter of Randie and Stephen. She is the sister of Sarah and Isabella. She is the granddaughter of Sheila and Mossy Fitzgerald of London, England and Yaffa Schacter of Manhattan, New York. Send Lily notes of mazel tov.

 

Cameron Sikora

Parashat Lech L'cha
Saturday, October 28

I love being Jewish because it is about learning and passing along tradition. Every year, my family gathers around a long table for Passover. We say our prayers, we sing songs, we play games, and have traditional food that has been carried on and shared for generations. I always look forward to matzah and charoset and my Bubby’s homemade matzah ball soup. These foods and song shave been tradition for years and we still carry them out to this day. After the feast my Pop-pop would hide a stack of matzah and all the children would go and find it to get a prize.

As my bat mitzvah draws closer and closer, I’m getting very excited, but have struggled with balancing homework, softball and studying for the big event. Balancing all of these has taught me time management and organization skills going forward.

For my mitzvah project I focused on my love for working with kids, my love for food, and helping the less fortunate. I served the homeless at King’s Kitchen, which is a nonprofit organization that lets volunteers serve meals to the homeless in Charlotte. When I was serving these people I knew that I was helping them in so many ways without judging them. I also did some mitzvahs with Lilly Fitzgerald. We played with kids at Adopt a Block through Dream Center. Adopt a Block is a project that lets volunteers interact with kids and adults in neighborhoods that are less fortunate than ours. Seeing children’s faces light up as the volunteers gathered them to play games in the park and seeing their smiles, their want to hold hands and to be held made me feel like I was making a difference for once and making a positive impact to a child’s life for the better. Lilly and I also prepared a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. This made me feel like I was making it easier for the families with children in the hospital. With all the stress of having a child in the hospital I feel I have made their lives at least a little bit easier. While participating in these mitzvahs I got to interact with the people that were less fortunate than us. I got to be a part in their lives and make a difference. I got to play with children that don’t get the time to play with their families. I hope in the future I make time to continue in these mitzvahs.

I imagine my future as a Jewish adult to be hardworking and educational. I want to continue learning the Hebrew language and soon become fluent in this language. I want to travel to Israel and see all these important destinations that I have been learning about for years. In the future I plan to continue in my mitzvahs and attend services during Shabbat, high holidays, and future bat and bar mitzvahs.

Cameron Sikora is the daughter of Mara and Brian Sikora. She is the sister of Megan Sikora, and granddaughter of Molly and Mark Ballow in Sarasota, Florida, Deborah Sikora in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and Jerry Sikora in Buffalo, New York. Send messages of mazel tov to Cameron.

Yarden Asofsky

Parashat B'reishit
Saturday, October 14

My favorite thing about being Jewish might just be all the warmth and welcoming. I also love the holidays and being with my family. I know I can count on them to have plenty of good food and many hugs and kisses.

For me, becoming a Bat Mitzvah means reaching a whole new level in my Judaism and being accepted even more into the Jewish community. I have learned about myself that I love to procrastinate, but if something means a lot to me I am able to put in the time and effort to make sure I can succeed. I plan to keep studying my Judaism by going to Hebrew School for more years and getting confirmed and continuing to go to Temple.

Notes of congratulations can be sent to Lilach Asofsky.

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