B’nei Mitzvah

B'nei Mitzvah

Avery Jurusik

Saturday, October 8

My favorite things about being Jewish are participating in Jewish activities. I enjoy eating and making Jewish foods, especially latkes. I love spending time at my sleepaway camp for the past 5 summers, URJ Camp Coleman. Also I like catching up with and making new friends at Hebrew school. Finally, I like to light the candles and spend time with my family during Hanukkah.

Becoming a Bar Mitzvah means to me that I am now recognized as an adult in the Jewish community and I will continue to follow the Jewish traditions by treating people the way that they want to be treated and by participating in Jewish activities. Also, I will continue by celebrating with my friends and family.

In preparing for my bar mitzvah I learned that with hard work and dedication I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to.

For my bar mitzvah project I collected used Legos in my neighborhood and will be sending them to Lego Replay, where they clean and donate the Legos to kids in need. Lego Replay recycles used Legos and distributes them to organizations that support kids around the world and, specifically, kids with autism. Legos have always brought lots of fun and creativity to me and my family and I hope to share this love of Legos with others.

Thank you for sharing this occasion with me on my special day.                                


Jackson Sherrill

Ki Teitzei
Saturday, September 10

To me, becoming a Bar Mitzvah means having more responsibility. For my Mitzvah Project, I am donating Lego sets to the Levine Children’s Hospital, so that children who are struggling with illnesses can enjoy building and creating with Legos. I love building with small little bricks and creating something large and unique. I hope that other kids can get the same kind of enjoyment from the Legos that I do. I love being Jewish because of the ways that we gather to celebrate holidays and moments like this. I plan to help my brother with his Bar Mitzvah, to keep learning, and to continue celebrating in the future!                                      

Teddy House

Saturday, August 27

My favorite part of being Jewish is the friends I have made through camps, Temple and Shabbat supper club. To me, being a Bar Mitzvah means that you have worked hard for this moment and it is one big step closer to fulfilling your Jewish life. My mitzvah project was setting up apartments through the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency and volunteering at the Diaper Bank. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I signed up with these two organizations. I enjoyed the tasks set before me, but it was eye opening to learn that both organizations helped people that are put in unfair situations. Families fleeing their country due to war and mothers and fathers not able to afford diapers for their babies because diapers are not covered by food stamps.  Most of these families have three jobs, but still cannot afford diapers. I plan to keep learning and living with Judaism by volunteering, celebrating the Jewish holidays and going to services.                                              

Jacob Tart

Saturday, August 27

Becoming a bar-mitzvah means that I am transitioning from being a kid and I am becoming more mature. I have more responsibilities and practicing for my bar mitzvah was a good way of learning how to manage my time. One of my favorite things that I like about being Jewish is the holidays because I get to see people that I don’t see very often. During my time preparing to become a bar mitzvah I have learned that I study better at night and that I could also learn a lot more than I thought in short periods of time. My bar mitzvah project was gathering produce from many gardens and people to donate to the JFS food pantry. I chose this as my project because it related to my torah portion, and I like gardening. I also realized that many people don’t have a constant food source, so giving to the food pantry helped provide food for many people. After my bar mitzvah when I become a Jewish adult, I will celebrate the holidays with my family to keep our Jewish traditions alive.


Jacob’s parents are Jeremy Dale Tart and Lisa Rachel Shpritz, his sister Hannah Rebecca Tart, and grandparents, Jo and Gary Parker, Drs. Louis and Deborah Shpritz, and Philip and Carolynn Tart. 

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Daniel Firestone

Saturday, August 13

Performing mitzvot and taking on other Jewish adult responsibilities is what becoming a Bar Mitzvah means to me.  For my Mitzvah project, I made cards to cheer up children sick with cancer at St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.  My 7-year old neighbor died of cancer.  She spent a great deal of time in hospitals and facilities around the country.  It was scary for her.  I wanted to bring joy to kids bravely battling cancer now.  Reading stories about these heroic children and making cards for them reinforced how blessed I am to be healthy and surrounded by family and friends that love and support me.  

My favorite part about being Jewish is cooking and eating Jewish food and celebrating Jewish holidays and traditions with family and friends. I look forward to continuing these activities with my Temple Beth El community, family and friends.

Daniel is the son of Lisa and Michael Firestone, the brother of David Firestone and the grandson of Doris (z”l) and Stuart Alpart of Indian Land, SC and Estelle and Albert Firestone of Monroe Township, NJ.                                                 

Levi McClure

Saturday, August 6

I like being Jewish because of the traditions and holidays that we spend as a family. Listening to stories from my family who studied for their B’nei Mitzvah has helped me learn more about my Jewish heritage. I am excited to become a Bar Mitzvah. It means I have become a Jewish adult. While becoming a Bar Mitzvah, I have learned more about the religion of Judaism and the Torah. It also takes a lot of time and patience to learn about Torah, Hebrew and my responsibility of being a Jew. 

For my Mitzvah project I worked with various outdoor organizations to maintain and clean up recreational trails and to participate in community clean ups. My family and I also clocked multiple hours cleaning around my community in local parks and waterway areas.  Another part of my Mitzvah project was teaching rock climbing to kids who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. This allowed them to experience nature in a different way. I am passionate about our earth and will continue to teach the importance of preserving our land for others to enjoy! 

My parents’ names are Carrie and Shane McClure. My Siblings are Evan and Neva. My Grandma and Papa, Karen and Dean McClure live in Traverse City, Michigan. My Bubbie and Grandpa, Cindy and Eric Bolokofsky live in Matthews, North Carolina. My Great Grandparents; Jane and Curt McClure and Patricia Trombley are all Michigan residents.                                                     

Vivian Antle

Saturday, July 23

To become a Bat Mitzvah is very important to me. To me it means that I am becoming of age and have to start to be responsible for whatever I do. My favorite thing about being Jewish is the community and traditions. Everyone here is so kind and I can always be myself around them whether it’s my classmates, tutors, or a teacher. And I love the traditions, especially Hanukkah and the holidays. Preparing for my Bat Mitzvah I have learned many things about myself, including that I can achieve goals and that I can learn quickly. 

My mitzvah project was helping refugees and homeless people to have the necessities that they need to live healthy and good lives. I chose this project because I feel that I am fortunate and that there are people who may not have food, shelter, or a safe home. I hope to help make the world a better place. Now that I will be a Jewish adult I will always continue to live with Judaism, celebrating holidays, and learn about the wisdom of our tradition. 

My parents are Jessica and Galen Antle. My siblings are Eva, Graeme, and Sofia Antle. My grandparents are Glenno and Rae Brier; they both live in Southbury, Connecticut.

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Max Aronson

Sh'lach L'cha
Saturday, June 25

My favorite thing about being Jewish is making challah on the holidays and eating it fresh out of the oven. Becoming a Bar Mitzvah means that I am becoming more independent and will slowly be able to make my own decisions and choices. In preparing for my Bar Mitzvah, I learned I could be committed enough to take time every day to prepare. For my mitzvah project, I did many different acts of kindness. I made meals for foster families, organized donated goods, registered people for a cancer run/walk event, cleaned tombstones at a Jewish cemetery, and made wrapping paper and placemats for kids in shelters. I chose different projects to have different experiences. I learned that just spending an hour or two of my time could make a big impact on people in need. I plan to keep learning about Judaism by taking a trip to Israel. I will keep connected to Judaism by celebrating holidays with my family. 

My parents are Mitchell and Rebecca Aronson. 

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Leah Younts

Sh'lach L'cha
Saturday, June 25
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Lila Ribas Hecht

Saturday, June 18

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Saturday, June 18

Shane Peterson

Saturday, June 10

My favorite things about being Jewish are the belief in one God, and the values that are taught in the Torah. This creates a beautiful and safe community where you’re surrounded by people that have similar beliefs as you. I also like that you can share your thoughts and opinions on what you think about Judaism. To me, becoming a Bar Mitzvah means accepting the responsibility of the teachings and values of the Torah. This allows me to mature, be responsible for my actions, and play a bigger role in my community. 

In Sheva, I learned how things that have happened in Jewish History relate to modern life, as well as giving back.  For my mitzvah project, I volunteered at the Shalom Green Community Garden. I chose this project because it benefits the ecosystem, saves money, uses science and math skills, and reduces food waste by giving the harvest to the homeless (plus it’s a good workout!) By doing this project, I learned to work for Tikkun Olam, repairing and improving the world. 

Now that I’m a Jewish Adult, I will continue learning and living with Judaism, as well as working to make the world a better place.

My parents are Melita and Lorenzo Peterson. My brothers’ names are Shamon, Shakar, and Shaun. My paternal grandparents are Carolina and Thelma Peterson of Columbia, SC. My maternal grandparents are Vea Ella and Levern Gee of Florence, SC.

Shamon Peterson

Saturday, June 10

My favorite thing about being Jewish is the belief in one God, and the values and teaching we learn in the Torah. Being a son of the commandments is an honor because all instructions from God were given for our benefits. This is special to me. I learned a lot during Sheva: first and most importantly, to give tzedakah. We also discussed the Jewish view of capital punishment, and studied some of the sad but important parts of Jewish history. We also researched which pet charity would be best to donate to (the answer is Petsmart!)

My mitzvah project was volunteering at the Shalom Park Community Garden. I chose that project because growing food cleans the air and soil, and can actually help cut down on food waste. What I got out of it is that you can get outdoor exercise, save money, improve your health, and it’s a natural stress reliever.  I learned about Judaism by reading books. As a bar mitzvah, I will continue to read, participate in services, activities, and study more about Judaism.

My parent’s names are Lorenzo and Melita Peterson. I have three brothers named Shane, Shakar, and Shaun. My grandparents are Carolina and Thelma Peterson of Columbia SC, and Levern and Vea Ella Gee of Florence, SC.

Cade Beitscher

Saturday, June 4

My favorite parts of being Jewish are celebrating holidays with my family and participating in traditions. For me, becoming a Bar Mitzvah means being able to participate fully in Jewish life. Through becoming a Bar Mitzvah, I have learned to keep trying if I cannot do something on my first try, and to ask for help when I need it. My mitzvah project was creating a bookshelf for my school, where students can drop off required books they finished for next year’s classes to use. I decided to do this to save the time and money of students and their parents. Through this project, I learned to better prepare and plan for discussions to help me accomplish my goals. As a Jewish adult, I plan to continue Jewish traditions and to share them with family and friends.

Cade is the son of Rob and Michelle Beitscher. He is the brother of Cole Beitscher and grandson of Sandra Spaulding, from Ormond Beach, Florida.

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