My name is Natasha Melamed. I am an almost 13 years old seventh grader at Hawthorne School in Beverly Hills. I really enjoy sports. I swim, ski, surf, and play volleyball. My favorite sport though is basketball. I am part of an all boys U14 basketball club travel team.
I also love music. I sing, play the piano and the flute. I enjoy spending time with my amazing parents, Sari and Shahram, and my two awesome brothers, Alex and Nick, who have all helped me get to this exciting point in my life.
My Bat Mitzvah Journey was exceptional. It was filled with laughter, love, and best of all, learning about my religion. I enjoyed this process so much and I’m so excited to have my Bat Mitzvah.
I would never have been able to get here if it weren’t for a few special people. I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me. I love you so much and I am so happy I get to share this moment with both of you. I would also like to thank my brothers for helping me with my Hebrew and always being there for me no matter what. Thank you to my Grandma, Soraya Melamed, and Grandpa, Ruben Melamed. A special thank you to my two wonderful aunts, Michelle and Kathy.
Last, but definitely not least, thank you Rabbi Aaron, Rabbi Bassin, Kalanit Kamara, and Cantor Weiss. Rabbi Aaron, even though we have spent a limited amount of time together, you really helped me understand what it means to be a Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Bassin, you are truly the best mentor ever. You really helped me understand, not only my Parshat, but also what it means to be a consciencious Jew over all. Kalanit, you are SO amazing. We have shared so many laughs together, and I really enjoyed the days we worked together. I do not know what I would do if you weren’t there to guide me. Cantor Weiss, thank you for pushing me to study my Hebrew. It is so reassuring knowing that you will be there on the day of my Bat Mitzvah supporting me through my special day. I wouldn’t be able to have this incredible day without each and every one of you.