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B'not Mitzvah Celebration 2015

News Date: 
16. June 2015 - 8:00
The pink and purple decorations and the beautiful pink and white cake, made specially for the girls by Juliet Rostowsky, showed that this was a ‘girls only affair”.  Our annual Bat Mitzvah party for the 12 year old girls in our Students Build a Community Projects took place this year at Beit Davidson in Netanya.

bnot_mitzva_greetings.jpgTwelve girls celebrated together with their mothers and friends. The evening started with all the girls writing on each other’s ‘posters’ and sending their wishes to their friends.  This was followed by a power point screening of each girl describing her favourite activity and her dreams for the future.  The most exciting part for me was to see that now, with the help of our student mentors, these girls are all dreaming of becoming lawyers, fashion designers or university graduates in all fields.

bnot_mitzva_hala.jpgA fun activity of mothers and daughters preparing stone candleholders together, was followed by a very meaningful and emotional ceremony of “hafrashat challah” (separating challah), lighting the candles in the candleholders they had just made, and having some minutes of silent prayer for all the good things they want for their future – girls for themselves, mothers for their daughters. The group then went to make and bake the challot.

The rest of the evening was devoted to pizza and partying with the girls dancing with their friends, mothers joining in and nobody wanting to go home!
Thanks to Zmira for giving us Beit Davidson for the night, Bruria for leading the mothers and daughters through the ceremonies, Juliette for the lovely cake, ‘Nataliz’ for the beautiful necklaces given to each Batmitzvah girl and our donors Julian and Merle Myers, David Burstein, Craig Price and Fay Franklin for making this event happen!

Submitted by Nina Zuck