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Mazel Tov to our April B'not Mitzvah Celebrants!

Leah ParisLeah Harriet Paris

Leah Harriet Paris will become a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Leah is the daughter of Anna and Steven Paris and younger sister to Lawren. A seventh grader at Cedar Park Middle School, Leah enjoys singing and playing guitar, playing with her dog, and decorating and organizing her room. For her Mitzvah Project, Leah has decided to work with Dress for Success-Oregon, an organization which empowers women to achieve economic independence. Dress for Success provides women in poverty a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Sophia MeltzerSofia Rose Meltzer

Sofia Rose Meltzer will become a Bat Mitzvah on April 21, 2018. She is the daughter of Adam and Daniela Meltzer, and older sister to Rachel Arianna Meltzer. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Jose and Sarita Spiwak (of Rancho Mission Viejo, CA) and Rena and Myron (z”l) Meltzer (of Bluffton, SC). A seventh grader at Portland Jewish Academy, Sofia lights up the room when she walks in. She is always willing to lend a hand, and be a good steward of the environment and her community. Outside of school, Sofia enjoys gymnastics, playing the piano, synchronized swimming, Girl Scouts and traveling. An avid reader, Sofia has been so captivated by the Harry Potter series that her Bat Mitzvah is an homage to Harry’s adventures. For her Mitzvah project, Sofia, along with her younger sister and mother, has been volunteering at the Children’s Book Bank, helping to clean up books to give to young students all around Multnomah County. Children’s Book Bank collects books for young readers who otherwise would not have access to them. Volunteers like Sophia clean the books up so that they are like brand new, put them in bundles, and deliver them to Head Start programs all around Multnomah County. In addition, they bring books to public schools so that students can collect books, free of charge, for their summer reading. Throughout the course of the year, the organization collects, cleans and distributes over 30,000 books! Bat Mitzvah guests and our community may bring in their books so that we may donate to the Children’s Book Bank.

Stella JonesStella Opal Jones

Stella Opal Jones will become a Bat Mitzvah on April 28, 2018. Stella is the daughter of Brian Jones and Charlotte MacDonald, and has a younger sister, Sylvia Jones. A seventh grader at Metropolitan Learning Center, Stella’s favorite subject in school is math, particularly algebra. She fills her life with music, drama, and visual arts. She has been playing piano for seven years, marimba for four, and recently took up learning bass and acoustic guitar. Acting in her first Shakespeare play last fall, she looks forward to more chances to get on stage. For her Mitzvah Project she is raising funds to support Ethos Music Center, where she has studied for five years. She knows how important it is to have music education at a young age and through her efforts hopes to provide funds to support a music class in rural Oregon through Ethos’ outreach program.

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