Joseph Rendon Bar Mitzvah – May 22, 2021

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

I am an 8th grader at Beverly Vista Middle School. I enjoy playing baseball and video games and hanging out with friends. My parents are Yael and Geoff Rendon. I have a 15-year-old sister named Maya, and a labradoodle named Callie who I love spending time with.

For my mitzvah project, I worked with an organization called Sharsheret, a charity that focuses on breast cancer awareness. They provide resources to women and men diagnosed with this disease. To support Sharsheret, I built a website, did a presentation, and raised money which I used to purchase toys for children whose moms were battling breast cancer. Working with Sharsheret has given me a newfound appreciation for how fortunate I am, and how important it is to help others in need.

I would like to thank Rabbi Aaron, Cantor Weiss, Shelly Kamara, and Laurie Goodman for helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah.

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. Tommy Lasorda