JENNIFER FAYTHE WEISMAN celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Congregation Chaverim. Weisman studied with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron for a year to prepare for the ceremony.
Weisman shared the day with family, including her husband, Scott; daughters, Hannah (16) and Amelia (10), and parents, Jerry and Judy Layne of Goodyear, Ariz.
“In our tradition, we say the Torah is the Tree of Life,” Weisman said, noting that her bat mitzvah fell on Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the Trees. “In celebration of trees and birds,” the family accepted donations for the National Audubon Society “to continue their work conserving and restoring natural ecosystems.”