I’m in 7th grade at Hawthorne Elementary. My parents are Ben and Robin Redston Platt. I have two siblings, Emily and Spencer, who are 7 ½ years old. I really love playing/listening to all kinds of music, from alternative, to classic rock to Broadway shows like “Hamilton”. I am the proud owner of a record player and a HUGE vinyl collection! I spend most of my free time in record shops, or at home either playing guitar or surfing the internet. I also love making YouTube videos and sharing them with my friends.
My Mitzvah project is taking place at the Watermark in Beverly Hills, an assisted living facility. Fridays I take part in their Shabbat service, accompanying their prayers with my guitar. On Sundays we have an hour of music therapy. Using my iPhone, I take song requests from the residents, normally music from the 1940’s and 50’s. It’s wonderful to see how a certain song triggers a memory and brightens a person’s day. It is great to see how today’s technology helps bring back yesterday’s memories.
I would like to thank my uncle, Mark Schwartz for helping me in my Bar Mitzvah training, Rabbi Aaron for always pointing out the small details in the Torah and really making me think. I also want to thank Cantor Weiss for always helping me out with prayers and having a blast through the process.