My name is Hannah Corwin and I am in the seventh grade at Marlborough School. On February 11, 2017, I will become a BatMitzvah at Temple Emanuel in the Corwin Family Sanctuary. Temple Emanuel is a very special place for my entire family; my dad, uncle, grandmother, and older sister Dorrit were all B’nai Mitzvahed there. When I was thinking about my Mitzvah project, I learned that there are over 35,000 children in the foster care program in Los Angeles alone. I have become involved with Hope in a Suitcase, a local organization that gives out duffel bags and suitcases curated with clothes, pajamas, hygiene kits and other essentials for kids who are suddenly removed from their homes and put into the foster care system. I have always loved art and believe in the therapeutic value of being able to create, so I decided to collect art supplies, which I’ll put together in kits for each child, and a few of my friends and I are going to write notes of encouragement and comfort to include in each one. In addition to art, I love to read, bake, write and play basketball. I learned to sail when I was seven, and I spend a month each summer back east, mostly on the water. So many people have supported and encouraged me throughout my Jewish education and Bat Mitzvah prep, but I would particularly like to thank Shelly Kamara, Rabbi Bassin, Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, my mom, and my dad. Thank you for helping me to truly understand what it means to be a Jew; it’s an entirely different way of seeing the world and my role within it.
"Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”