We are very excited to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Maddie Shapiro on Saturday, June 13. Maddie has worked very hard for this day, and we would like to share what she has written about herself and her Bat Mitzvah project below:
"I am completing 8th Grade at LACES (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies). I enjoy cooking, singing, playing music (violin, piano, guitar and ukulele), drawing, doing origami, and horseback riding. My parents, Lisa and Leonard, and my brother, David are looking forward to hearing me chant Torah and have been a great support in my preparation for this special day. Even my beautiful golden retriever Belle has helped by being an attentive audience during my past months of Hebrew practice.
For my mitzvah project, I wanted to find an organization that would combine my love for animals (I hope to become a veterinarian someday) with my support of veterans (my grandpa Jerry is a veteran) and found the perfect charity to support, Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets’ goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter animal that is specially selected and trained to match the veteran’s personality and lifestyle giving both the shelter animal and the veteran a second chance at life. I raised money to purchase the “Welcome Baskets” for the newly matched Veteran and pet teams.
I want to thank my Temple Emanuel family, especially Rabbi Jonathan Aaron and his family (Michelle, Adina, and Sela), Cantor Yonah Kliger and his family (Sydnee, Noa, and Emmett), my wonderful mentor Rabbi Sarah Bassin, my awesome Hebrew tutor Lizzie Weiss, and my Sunday school teachers Sara Jean and Ellie for all their love and support during my training. I look forward to celebrating this day with you, my family, and friends!"
Temple Emanuel and the Religious School are very proud of you and all of your hard work, Maddie. Mazal Tov on your special day!