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:
My name is Yoav. I got to Solomon Schechter Day School, and my favorite subject is language arts. When I’m not in school, I like to spend my time sketching and playing video games. My mitzvah project was going to the organization Feed my Starving Children once a month, for a year. Each visit I’d bring more and more friends and family, and by the end, we packed over 55,000 meals for children all over the world. I’m looking forward to my Bar mitzvah because I get to share a wonderful experience with all my friends and family.
My name is Colin Sucherman and I’m a 7th grader at Golf Middle School in Morton Grove. My favorite subject in school is Math. When I’m not in school I like to ride my bike and play Pokémon Go with my friends. I play my French horn in the school concert and jazz bands. I am also and involved in my school's volunteer service club. My mitzvah project was collecting books to donate to Bernies Book Bank. They give books to children in the Chicago land area who don’t have books. I chose this because I love to read and I would like all kids to have books to read and share. I also went to Bernies Book Bank a few times where I processed and sorted books to be donated. My book drive collected 12 cases of books. My favorite part of becoming a bar mitzvah was being able to work with Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, Cantor Cotler, and my tutor Rachel, to learn my Torah portion, Haftorah and all the prayers to lead the service.
son of Rachel and Scott Zeller
My name is James Zeller and I am currently 13 years old. I am an 8th grader (but
technically a man) and I attend Nichols Middle School. My hobbies are fencing, tennis, reading,
writing, drawing, and playing video games. I am really grateful that my parents made me do this
and gave me the confidence to stand and talk in front of a lot of people in Hebrew. My bar
mitzvah project was to feed people all over the world. I chose to do this because I feel that it is
important that everyone is well fed so they can focus and learn in school, play the sports that
they want to play, and lead a happy and healthy life. I’m glad that I could tell you about myself.
son of Andrew Shoenthal and Rozi Bhimani
My name is Nathan Bhimani Shoenthal and I am in the eighth grade at Haven Middle School in Evanston. School takes up most of my time, so when I’m not enjoying math or arguing politics, I love playing video games and the piano, traveling, eating sashimi, trying to make my sister’s life more “interesting,” and walking my dog Nik. I look forward to my Bar Mitzvah as I not only celebrate with my family (both near and far), but show myself that I can meet challenges and accept greater responsibility.