B’nai Mitzvah

Jared Bernard Matheson

Jared Bernard Matheson, son of Teresa and Brandon Matheson, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on March 16, at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Darlene and Robert Moen of Sartell, Minnesota; Susan Matheson of Tucson; and Debra and Landon Matheson of Chicago. Jared attends Tucson Hebrew… Read more »

Skylar Naomi Dehnert

Skylar Naomi Dehnert, daughter of John and LeeAat Dehnert, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on March 9 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of George and Tamar Mednick of Saratoga, California, and Janet Dehnert of Tucson. Skylar attends The Gregory School, where she achieves high honor… Read more »

Bethany Sarah Zashin

Bethany Sarah Zashin, daughter of Lisa Zashin and Todd Zashin will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Feb. 16 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Marsha Rosenblum of Tucson, the late Robert Rosenblum, and the late Joyce Zashin. Bethany attends Tucson Waldorf School. She enjoys playing the… Read more »

Alex Stephen Rosenblum

Alex Stephen Rosenblum, son of Lenny Rosenblum and Elka Eisen, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Jan. 26 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Judy Rosenblum of Long Island, New York, and the late Stephen and Marcelle Eisen of Toronto and Stanley Rosenblum of East… Read more »

Michael Jurkowitz

Michael Jurkowitz, son of Dan and Lisa Jurkowitz, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Chaya and Harvey Jurkowitz of Tucson and Joan and Andre Klein of Phoenix. Michael attends Alice Vail Middle School, where he plays… Read more »

Abigail Claire Cherkis

Abigail Claire Cherkis, daughter of Brenda Frye and Sergey Cherkis, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Norma Frye of Maricopa, Scott Frye of Gilbert, Margarita Lazereva of Tucson, and Alexander Cherkis of Brooklyn, NY. Abigail attends… Read more »

David A. Berk

David A. Berk, son of Debbie and Bill Berk, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 26 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Arlene and Marty Zuckerman of Tucson, and Sally and Mike Berk of Bonita Springs, Florida. David attends Orange Grove Middle School… Read more »

Talya Ruth Fleisher

Talya Ruth Fleisher

Talya Ruth Fleisher, daughter of Andrea and Jason Fleisher, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 28, at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Rhoda and Nate Miller of Tucson, Roma Fleisher and Bruce Favish of Los Angeles, and Sander Fleisher of Tucson. Talya attends… Read more »

Haley Melissa Zorn

Haley Melissa Zorn, the daughter of Scott and Julie Zorn, celebrated her bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 17 at Temple Israel, in Akron, Ohio. She is the granddaughter of David and Kathryn Unger of Tucson, formerly of Akron, the late Harold Zorn and Adele Zorn of Las Vegas. Haley… Read more »

Daniel Vincent Hillel Robbins

Daniel Vincent Hillel Robbins, son of Sylvia and Dr. Matthew Robbins, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Thursday, March 22 at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division office. Marlene Burns will officiate. He is the grandson of the late Harriet Robbins and Harold Robbins of Tucson,… Read more »

Lily Maya Goldberg

Lily Maya Goldberg, daughter of Lisa and Benjamin Goldberg, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 17, at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Mimi and Jerry Sisk of Palos Verdes, California, and Karen and Bill Goldberg of Tucson. Lily attends Tucson Hebrew Academy and… Read more »

Riley Jo Silvyn

Riley Jo Silvyn, daughter of Keri and Jeff Silvyn, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 3 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Benita Silvyn and Charles Whitehill of Tucson, and Marlys and Larry Lazarus of Phoenix. Riley attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. She… Read more »

Ethan Samuel Silvyn

Ethan Samuel Silvyn, son of Keri and Jeff Silvyn, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 3 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Benita Silvyn and Charles Whitehill of Tucson, and Marlys and Larry Lazarus of Phoenix. Ethan attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. He… Read more »

Nathan Daniel Cherkis

Nathan Daniel Cherkis, son of Brenda Frye and Sergey Cherkis, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 3 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Norma Frye of Maricopa, F. Scott Frye of San Tan Valley, Margarita Lazareva of Tucson, and Alexander Cherkis of Brooklyn,… Read more »

Archer Martin

Archer Thomas Martin, son of Bruce and Linda Martin, formerly of Tucson, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Maryland. He is the grandson of Jerry and Betty Martin of Springdale, Arkansas, the late Viretta Novotny of Anchorage, Alaska, and… Read more »

Evan Benton Gilmore

Evan Benton Gilmore, son of Dana and Jeff Gilmore, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Congregation Chaverim. He is the grandson of Karen and Bill Goldberg, Sally and Bill Middleton and Glenn Gilmore, all of Tucson. Evan attends Marana Middle School, where he is… Read more »

Ava Ilana Silverman

Ava Ilana Silverman, daughter of Breann and Mark Silverman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Marsha and Mel Silverman of Tucson and Lynn and Bruce Schmidt of Prescott. Ava attends Emily Gray Junior High where she… Read more »

Ronnie Ester Barel

Ronnie Ester Barel, daughter of Oshrat and Eli Barel, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Ester and Shimon Buzaglo, and Tami and the late Ehud Avitan, all of Beit Shean, Israel. Ronnie attends Tucson Hebrew Academy… Read more »

Davis Michael Yalen

Davis Michael Yalen, son of Allen and Ilene Yalen, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Sandy and William Yalen and Joan and Stuart Brodsky, all of Tucson. Davis attends Tucson Hebrew Academy, where he is student government… Read more »

Local teens bring passion, talent and caring to b’nai mitzvah projects

David Jurkowitz plays piano for residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging on Sept. 22. [Courtesy Lisa Jurkowitz)

For Jewish teens, a bar or bat mitzvah project is an opportunity to learn more about their responsibilities as Jewish adults. It’s a  hands-on way to learn the meaning of tikkun olam (repairing the world), and serve the community in personally meaningful ways. Several Tucson Jewish teens shared with… Read more »