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Bat Mitzvah: Samantha Spivak - May 27, 2017

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I am a seventh grade student at Paul Revere Charter Middle School where I am an active member of the Community Service Club. I enjoy spending quality time with cats and dogs, drawing, and designing video games. My parents are Elizabeth and David Spivak. I’m easy to pick out of a crowd (I’m the girl with the cat ears).

For my mitzvah project, I volunteer at No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), an organization dedicated to preventing pets from having to die in a shelter simply because they do not have a home. I assist NKLA each weekend at the West Los Angeles location by cleaning cat condos, administering cat enrichment, and washing cat bowls as necessary.  Since the launch of NKLA in 2012, the number of pets being killed in L.A. city shelters has decreased by 82%. “Together we can Save Them All.”

I thank Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Tutor Josh Goldberg, Tutor Laurie Goodman, and Teacher Jodi Shapiro for helping me become a Bat Mitzvah.


“If you want to live happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”

-          Albert Einstein


“Sam, don’t write ‘Cats are swag’ as your quote.”

                                           -          Samantha’s parents



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