Levi celebrated his Bar mitzvah two weeks ago, at Perth Hebrew Congregation (PHC). His Parsha was Bereishit – the first one of the year - and he read a section of his Parasha in shule. Levi explained to me that it’s all about creation and what happens from that point until the story of Noah’s ark. The story is also about the legacy of Adam and Eve. The message that Levi underst ...

The renovations at PHC meant that Elizabeth’s bat mitzvah service was held on a Friday night at school rather than shule. Initially Elizabeth was disappointed by this, but upon reflection of her family’s connection and contribution to the history of AVѧԺ, she was proud to do her bat mitzvah there. Elizabeth was apparently a bit nervous as she hadn’t done much public s ...

I met with Lyla this week to hear about her Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Due to the PHC Shule renovations, Lyla held her Bat Mitzvah at the Breckler Troy Hall at AVѧԺ. Inspired by her name meaning ‘night’ in Hebrew, Lyla chose not to read a dvar torah, but to talk about what happens when you go to sleep and dream. She described to me the Jewish interpretation of dreams ...

I was very pleased to meet Kamali, the first bat mitzvah student I have had the opportunity to meet and chat to about their experience. As well as all the reading about Judaism that I have been enjoying, being able to talk to students about this special rite of passage was an excellent learning opportunity for me. I learnt about how Kamali will need to act in a slightly more ma ...

Most kids, when looking for something to do, scroll through their phones or turn on Netflix. But not Ariella! She uses her spare time to write cards for people or make them a surprise batch of biscuits. Why? Just to let them know she is thinking of them and to put a smile on their face! Ariella is full of kindness and spunk, a young lady who gets involved and gives her all and ...

Eliana is full of smiles! Her mere presence brings happiness and delight, with a cheeky enthusiasm that makes everyone’s day brighter. Eliana loves to draw. Give her some colours and beautiful flowers and intricate patterns will be formed by her creativity. Her favourite pastime is to splash about with her twin/best friend Matan, surely making quite a ruckus, revelling in the ...

Shira-Tal doesn’t lament being the middle child, instead she sees it as a bonus to have siblings who are older and wiser, as well as younger siblings who are cute and entertaining. For that is Shira-Tal’s attitude towards everything in life: seeing the positive and being happy and grateful for everything she has! Shira’s Bat Mitzvah was a winter wonderland; a pleasant change f ...

Aaron doesn’t do anything in life by halves. In preparation for his Bar Mitzvah, he not only learned to lain his entire Parsha of Chayei Sarah, he also learnt the parsha for the following week so that he could celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at school on the Monday afterwards! Aaron’s melodious voice pierced the hearts of PHC congregants as he davened Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night ...

Born 18 months apart, Dan and his younger twin sisters, Mia and Gabi, were thrilled to be able to celebrate their respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs together. While Dan lained the Parsha, Mia and Gabi used their polished public speaking skills to deliver a Dvar Torah that centred around gratitude. And it is truly remarkable that these young people can have such a strong appreciati ...

Five pets aren’t enough for animal-loving Jayda for, if she could, she would save and look after all the animals in the world! Passionate about the environment, Jayda’s view is that the biggest threat to our planet is indifference - and she’s already working on bringing education and passion about this important issue to everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her. Jayda ...