At Beth Emet, we celebrate the simcha by sharing a bit about our recent b'nei mitzvah students with the entire congregation as a welcome to the "adult" community. Let us wish "mazel tov" to the following:
son of Kate Burstein and Jane Burstein
June 1, 2019
Hi, my name is Simon Burstein. I am a 7th grader at Lane Tech in Chicago. My favorite subject is Mandarin, which I started learning this year. When I’m not in school, I enjoy playing board games and listening to different podcasts. For my bar mitzvah project, I have been packing bags of non-perishable food that I keep in my parents’ cars, and I hand out the food to people in need. I chose this project because I see people who need food and want to help them. I’m looking forward to my bar mitzvah because I’m excited to become a Jewish adult.
daughter of Liz and Paul Hletko
May 25, 2019
Hi, my name is Sydney Hletko. I go to Nichols Middle School. My favorite subject is Spanish. I play lacrosse for Team One Lacrosse Club and I’m the goalie! My bat mitzvah project was raising money for Girls Supporting Girls, an organization that builds schools for girls. I chose this project because I don’t like sexism and I want girls to have equal opportunities. I’m looking forward to my bat mitzvah because it will be a fun party with all my friends and family (or at least the ones that show up).
son of Kefira and Murat Philippe
May 25, 2019
Hi, my name is Jacques. I go to King Arts. My favorite subject is science. When I'm not in school I like to play sports. My bar mitzvah project is to stop using social media for a day week. I chose that because we need to give ourselves a sabbatical from it and in my parsha they talk about the sabbatical year. I'm looking forward to my bar mitzvah because I am excited to become a Jewish adult.
daughter of Anna Eisner Seder and Joseph Seder
Hi, my name is Ruthie Seder. I am in seventh grade at Haven Middle School. I love to read, draw, listen to music and hang out with my friends. For my bat mitzvah project, I collected items and put together outreach kits to be distributed to the homeless community in the northern suburbs. I chose that project because I think it’s important that all people have basic necessities like food, clothing, and water. I have been working very hard to prepare for my bat mitzvah and am looking forward to sharing the special day with my family and friends.
son of Hollis Heavenrich-Jones and Mike Jones
Hi, my name is Spencer Jones. I attend Lincoln Hall Middle School in Lincolnwood. My favorite subject is math. When I’m not in school, I enjoy ping pong and playing with my dog Tyson. I like hanging out with my friends, and especially like playing video games with them. My bar mitzvah project was working at the Tree House Animal Shelter. It’s a special humane society just for cats. They have a brand new, eco-friendly building, and the cats are very well cared for. We have one cat at home, in addition to our dog. I’d like to add a cat to our family, but my parents are on the fence. I’m looking forward to my bar mitzvah because my friends have never heard me speak Hebrew, and I think they’ll enjoy seeing me participate in the ceremony.
son of Jill Kushner Bishop and Mark Bishop
May 11, 2019
Hi, my name is Henry. I go to Haven Middle School. My favorite subject is math. When I'm not in school I like to play sports. My bar mitzvah project is raising money to help provide clean water. I chose that because it’s something that’s important to me. I'm looking forward to my bar mitzvah because I’ve been practicing and it’s an accomplishment.