Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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: 

Simon Burstein for webSimon Burstein
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.

Sydney Heltko for webSydney Hletko
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).

Jacques Phillipe for web

Jacques Philippe
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.

 

Ruthie Seder for webRuthie Seder
daughter of Anna Eisner Seder and Joseph Seder
May 18
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.

Spencer Jones for web

Spencer Jones
son of Hollis Heavenrich-Jones and Mike Jones
May 18

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.

Henry Bishop Jan 2019

Henry Bishop
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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