B’nei Mitzvah on the Horizon! May

Dear Kehilla community,

You are invited to join us as at the following Shabbat morning services as some incredible humans become B’nei Mitzvah! Some of us may feel a little hesitant about coming to a Shabbat service when a young person we do not know personally is becoming B’nei Mitzvah. Please be assured that having Kehilla community members present brings immense joy and liveliness to the service, which is greatly appreciated by the family and their young person. Furthermore, from the pride that the B’nei Mitzvah families show while joining in the Kehilla community aliya to the Torah to the joyful way that the students dance with that day’s celebrant after they have finished chanting from the Torah, the power of these services reaches all who attend. Please note that these services begin at 10am and please attend these (and all) services scent free.

The following Shabbat morning services will include the following young people becoming B’nei Mitzvah:

May 4 – Josie Green

What has been your favorite part of this BBM process so far?
My favorite part has been my Monday lessons with Natalie and Ezra. I really enjoyed meeting and talking about both Torah stories and current events. I also really enjoyed singing and slowly learning the shabbat morning prayers.

What do you like best about Kehilla and/or Judaism?
My favorite thing about Kehilla is the community here. I feel like when I go to different events, I always have someone I can talk to and who makes the event fun!

What is something fun or unexpected that people may not know about you?
Outside of school, I play piano with my brother and sister.

What has been your favorite part of this BBM process so far?
Talia: I love meeting with Noa and Alexa every week
Ezra: My BBM experience was so amazing, and it was so fun to connect with new people and teach me all these new aspects in Judaism that I would have never thought of. I feel more connected with my Jewish identity.

What do you like best about Kehilla and/or Judaism?
Talia: Kehilla is a very fun and accepting place. Everyone is free to be themselves
Ezra: My favorite part of my BBM experience was the workshops and the meetings. I loved going to Kehilla and having fun with my classmates during workshops and hanging out with Josie, Natalie, and Shulamit. Meeting new people was fun, and I am definitely going to miss playing bop it. Everyone in the Kehilla community is very kind and welcoming. The synagogue is beautiful, and I love how they encourage dancing and singing. Kehilla has a safe positive environment, and it feels really great to belong to such a wonderful synagogue. Over the past year, I have been inspired to stand up for what I believe in and to be a leader in my community. I hope that after this is all over I still can connect with Judaism as I have this year. Kehilla is such a special place, and I feel very grateful that I am part of it.

What is something fun or unexpected that people may not know about you?
Talia: I love to draw, read, and write
Ezra: Something that you may not know about me is that I have never won a game of bingo.

May 18 – Tomas Caminos

What has been your favorite part of this BBM process so far?
I like getting closer to my culture.

What do you like best about Kehilla and/or Judaism?
I like that everyone is so connected at Kehilla and that people make your experience fun.

What is something fun or unexpected that people may not know about you?
I’m very good at art.

May 25 – Riley Newfield

What has been your favorite part of this BBM process so far?
Working with Rafa (my study partner).

What do you like best about Kehilla and/or Judaism?
Holidays and matzah ball soup. Also the feeling of community.

What is something fun or unexpected that people may not know about you?
Personal best High score on Game of Thrones pinball 1,545,546,790.

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