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  • Bat mitzvah in Jerusalem

    Jul 19, 2024

    Dr. Michael and Mrs. Jackie Hirsch are pleased to announce the bat mitzvah of their daughter Malena Hirsch, on Monday, July 1, 2024 (25th day of Sivan 5784). Malena read the Korach Torah portion at the Robinson’s Arch portion of the Kotel in Jerusalem, Israel. Cousins Shira Leibowitz Schmidt of Netanya, Yaakov Mantaka of Bnei Brak, and Roger Friedman of Irvine, California attended the ceremony. Rabbi David Ebstein and his wife Rena assisted in arranging for the bat mitzvah on the Temple Mount a...

  • Bat Mitzvah - Danielle Catherine Allen

    May 21, 2021

    Danielle Catherine Allen, the daughter of Cheryl Heller-Allen and Paul Allen, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on May 29, 2021, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Danielle is a 7th-grade student at Indian Trails Middle School, where she plays clarinet and is a part of the Indian Trails Symphonic Band. She is also an active Cadette member of Girl Scout Troop 1143 where she is working on her Silver Award. Her biggest passion is Irish dancing. She was scheduled to compete in 2020 at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Ireland,...

  • Bat Mitzvah - Emma Simone Bressler

    Jan 29, 2021

    Emma Simone Bressler, daughter of Hillary Bressler of Maitland, will be called the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at their home in Maitland. Emma is in the seventh grade at Maitland Middle School. She is a graduate of the Jewish Academy of Orlando and The Roth Family JCC. Her hobbies and interests include listening to music, going to the beach, traveling, fashion design, TikTok and socializing with friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Emma's brother, Levi;...

  • Bat Mitzvah - Paige Isabel Rosenblatt

    Aug 14, 2020

    Paige Isabel Rosenblatt, daughter of Jessica and Seth Rosenblatt of Altamonte Springs, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Aug. 22, 2020, at the Congregation of Reform Judaism. (Paige's bat mitzvah was originally to be on May 2, 2020 but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 shutdown.) Paige is in the eighth grade at Teague Middle School where she is a member of the band, Bridge Club and National Junior Honor Society. Her hobbies and interests include art, tennis, reading,...

  • Bat Mitzvah - Dena Rose Kolin

    Jan 11, 2019

    Dena Rose Kolin, daughter of Lawrence and Karen Kolin of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Dena is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School. She is a member of Kadima and has participated in many student productions through the Youth Program at Ohev, The Roth Family JCC and school. Dena also studies dance. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Dena's sister, Abi; her father's brother, Marc... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - AUDREY KAYE BRENNAN

    May 25, 2018

    Audrey Kaye Brennan, daughter of Michele Brennan and Mitch Barnett of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Audrey is in the sixth grade at Teague Middle School. Audrey has a big heart and loves volunteering in her community with her Girl Scout troop and her family. She is an active member of Jr. GORFTY and attends Yala at CRJ. She love animals and is always up for a travel adventure. Sharing in the... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Kathryn 'Katie' Rose Botwink

    Mar 9, 2018

    Kathryn "Katie" Rose Botwinik, the daughter of Steven and Nikki Botwinik, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Katie has been homeschooled since kindergarten, and is in seventh grade. She is an avid reader and aspiring writer. She wrote an original musical called "The Bad Apple," which she then produced, directed, and performed with her friends. At the moment she is editing her first book, a fantasy story for middle... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - LILY PAIGE REBAR

    Mar 2, 2018

    Lily Paige Rebar, daughter of Daron and Tracy Rebar of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla. Lily is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Prep where she is a member of the dance team. Her hobbies and interests include dance, being with friends, going to the beach, big hair bows and spending time with family. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Lily's brother, Marshall; grandparents, Carol and Gene... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Rebecca Hayaliah Kira

    Feb 16, 2018

    Rebecca Hayaliah Kira, daughter of Debra and Sef Kira of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Rebecca is in the seventh grade at Milwee Middle School where she is a member of Mathletes, the Nation Beta Club and the Yearbook staff. Her hobbies and interests include theater, piano, singing, art and astronomy. She is also a member of the Starlight Stage Theater and the Jewish Academy of Orlando musical theater. Sharing in the family’s simcha will be Rebecca’s gra... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - STELLA HAIDEN COHEN

    Dec 29, 2017

    Stella Haiden Cohen, daughter of Tracey Kagan of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Stella is in the seventh grade at Rock Lake Middle School. Her hobbies and interests include lacrosse, reading, music, and playing piano. She is also a member of Kadima and Lacrosse. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Stella's sisters, Emma and Sofie Cohen, and her grandmother, Janice Kagan.... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - MORGAN ACKERBAUM COX

    Nov 17, 2017

    Morgan Ackerbaum Cox, the daughter of Joyce and Matthew Cox of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Morgan is in the seventh grade at Trinity Preparatory School where she currently is a member of the cross-country team, having recently retired from competitive gymnastics after six year. Her hobbies and interests include cooking, art and any athletic activities. She is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family’s simcha will be Morgan’s sister, Syd... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Delaney Jill Rosenblatt

    Apr 28, 2017

    Delaney Jill Rosenblatt, daughter of Seth and Jessica Rosenblatt of Altamonte Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Delaney is in the seventh grade at Teague Middle School where she is a member of the symphonic band, jazz band, bridge club, and National Junior Honor Society. She is also a member of the Lake Brantley Rowing Association. Her hobbies and interests include reading, playing saxophone, spending time with... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Danielle Faith Shenkman

    Mar 24, 2017

    Danielle Faith Shenkman, daughter of Lisa and Jason Shenkman of Sanford, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Danielle is in the seventh grade at Sanford Middle School where she is a member of the Jr. Thespians, Advanced Chorus and the Drama Club. Her hobbies and interests include singing, reading, dancing, art and theater. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Danielle's brother, Zachary; grandparents, Norman and Rita... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Rachel Marie Hart

    Nov 4, 2016

    Rachel Marie Hart, daughter of Lisa Stevens Hart of Oviedo, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Temple Israel in Winter Springs. Rachel is in the seventh grade at Indian Trails Middle School where she is a member of the Beta Club. Rachel attends Orlando Ballet School six days a week and will dance in the Orlando Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker as a toy soldier at the Dr. Phillips Center next month. Rachel has been dancing since she was two years... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Hadyn Emma Shear

    Aug 26, 2016

    Hadyn Emma Shear, daughter of Jana and Evan Shear of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Hadyn is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School, where she is in the student government, a cheerleader, and a member of the middle school lacrosse team. Her hobbies and interests include hip hop dancing, playing lacrosse, snow skiing, going to the beach, traveling, and socializing with friends. She is... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Dara Cohen

    May 13, 2016

    Dara Cohen, daughter of Mike and Joanna Cohen of Winter Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Dara is in the seventh grade at Indian Trails Middle School where she is a member of the Beta Club and plays the flute in advanced band. Dara is a long-time Girl Scout and dancer and enjoys volunteering and spending time with friends. Dara has a special place in her heart for kids. For her mitzvah project, she collected... Full story

  • Bat Mitzvah - Lindsey Hope Shapiro

    Feb 26, 2016

    Lindsey Hope Shapiro, daughter of Samuel and Rachel Shapiro of Apopka, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2016 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Lindsey is in the seventh grade at Wolf Lake Middle School where she is a member of the band and student government. Her hobbies and interests include softball, arts and crafts, playing the flute and hanging out with friends. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Lindsey's sister,... Full story