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Mazel Tov to our June B'nei Mitzvah Celebrants!

julian popowichJulian Skouras Popowich

Julian Skouras Popowich will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Julian is the son of Yale Popowich, MD and Tina Skouras and is the younger brother of Harry. Julian’s grandparents are Tom and Patti Skouras of St. Helena, CA and the late David and Lorraine Popowich of Philadelphia, PA. Julian is a 7th Grader in middle school at Catlin Gabel School. Julian loves sports, especially lacrosse, and plays goalie for his Lincoln and 3-D Teams, traveling to tournaments all around the region throughout the year. In his spare time he enjoys music, playing video games, and watching and learning as much lacrosse as he can. To honor the achievement of his Bar Mitzvah, Julian has decided to continue his longstanding love of the sport of lacrosse by helping Harlem Lacrosse, a New York-based organization that actively recruits special education students and students identified by school administrators as most vulnerable to academic decline and school dropout. Julian has decided to raise money for Harlem Lacrosse in support of their mission to empower the children who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. This year, Harlem Lacrosse will work with over 450 boys and girls in New York, Baltimore, and Boston, providing students daily, school-based academic intervention, mentoring, admissions counseling, and lacrosse services. Since 2011, Harlem Lacrosse students have maintained a 100% on-time middle school graduation rate, have passed their classes at a rate 20% higher than that of their peers at our school sites, and have earned over $15 million scholarship offers to independent schools and colleges. Please assist Julian in reaching his goal of collecting funds to help the many families that participate and benefit from the tremendous services provided by Harlem Lacrosse.

Abraham KushnerAbraham R. Kushner

Abraham R. Kushner, son of Uri and Jessica Kushner and older brother to Hannah, will become a Bar Mitzvah on the morning of Saturday, June 17, 2017. He is the grandson of Rabbi Paul and Shoshana Kushner of Bellmore, New York, and Chicago natives Jack and Esther Dickstein. Abe is a 7th grader at Portland Jewish Academy. He is known for his great sense of humor and kindness. He plays the drums, does Tae Kwon Do, and has a passion for urban art and photography. Earlier this year, Abe donated his hair to the organization Children with Hair Loss and regularly volunteers with his PJA peers serving meals at the Blanchet House. To honor his love of music, for his Mitzvah Project he will be collecting donations for music lessons and of gently used instruments for Michael Allen Harrison’s Snowman Foundation.

ClaireClaire Mishimbu Chapiro-Luboff

Claire Mishimbu Chapiro-Luboff will become a Bat Mitzvah on the evening of Saturday, June 17, 2017. Claire is the daughter of Alyssa Luboff and Rainel Chapiro-Anapa. She has an older sister, Ana, and a younger sister, Miriam. Claire’s grandparents are Gary and Barbara Luboff of Los Angeles, California, and Alicia Añapa and Miguel Chapiro of Loma Linda, Ecuador. Claire and her family became members of Congregation Beth Israel last summer when they moved to Portland. Claire is a 7th Grader at Robert Gray Middle School. She enjoys photography, music, writing, and drawing. In her spare time, she likes to do mini photo shoots and to film with her sisters. For her Mitzvah Project, Claire is helping to distribute food at Sunshine Pantry., carrying, organizing, and packing the food that comes in. Her favorite part is giving people the boxes of food, because she gets to see the expressions on their faces. She also enjoys practicing her Spanish with the workers there. It is giving her perspective into different people’s lives and the challenges they face.

darvy gouldZachary "Darvy" Gould

Darvy Gould will become Bar Mitzvah on June 24, 2017. He is the son of Helen Gould and a 7th grader at Cedar Park Middle School. For his Mitzvah Project, he is putting together information about Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD) and a list of helpful resources. Additionally, he plans to raise money to buy ADD books to donate to school libraries. Darvy is doing this because he has ADD and understands how difficult it is to focus and do work and wishes to others with ADD. 

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