B’nai Mitzvah

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 »

Eleanor Tikva Sevy

Eleanor Tikva Sevy, daughter of Libby Quinn and Gabriel Sevy, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Temple Emanu-El. She attends Khalsa Montessori School where her favorite subject is Reading Zone. Nora participates in teen choir, drama chug (circle), and a youth group at Temple… Read more »

Marrek Pearce Parker

Marrek Pearce Parker, son of Pamela Workman-Parker and Charles Parker Jr., will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Vivian Workman of Denver and Sandy Parker and Lt. Col. Charles Parker (retired) of Henderson, Nevada. Marrek attends Tortolita Middle… Read more »

Jordan Phillip Persellin

Jordan Phillip Persellin, son of Kelly Persellin and Avi Persellin, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Donald and Sarah Persellin of Tucson, the late John Kiefer of Oakbrook, Ill. and the late Mary Strickler of… Read more »

Jake Ashton Centuori

Jake Ashton Centuori, son of Kim Paskal and Steve Centuori, will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of the late Herbert Paskal and the late Evelyn McNeill, both of Tucson. Jake attends Orange Grove Middle School. He enjoys… Read more »

Erica Amara Bickart

Erica Amara Bickart, daughter of Erin Bickart, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Fran and Jeff Bickart of Tucson. Erica attends Marana Middle School where she is on the honor roll and the volleyball team. She… Read more »

Tova Ellie Fink

Tova Ellie Fink, daughter of Jennifer and Andrew Fink of Plano, Texas, celebrated her bat mitzvah on June 10 at Adat Chaverim. She is the granddaughter of Wendy and William Fishkind of Tucson, Donna Fink of New York and the great-granddaughter of Yeta Weston of Tucson. Tova attends Renner… Read more »

Kimleigh Danielle Fredman

Kimleigh Danielle Fredman, daughter of Daniel Fredman and Katheryn Fredman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Thursday, July 20 on Masada in Israel. She is the granddaughter of Frank and Kathy Chrzanowski of Tucson and the late Avery and Henrietta Fredman. Kimleigh attends Emily Gray Junior High where… Read more »

Ezekiel “Zeke” Sky Bradshaw

Ezekiel “Zeke” Sky Bradshaw, son of Jeri Goldblatt and Hans Bradshaw, will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 17 at the University of Arizona Hillel with Congregation Chaverim. He is the grandson of Joe and Helen Goldblatt of Tempe, Ariz., and Alvin and Suse Bradshaw of Durham, N.C.… Read more »

Benjamin Naxon Eisenberg

Benjamin Naxon Eisenberg, son of Scott and Cory Eisenberg, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 13 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Art and Eileen Eisenberg of Chicago. Ben attends Esperero Canyon Middle School where he plays tennis. He also enjoys reading and playing video… Read more »

Charlotte Ilyse Bregman

CHARLOTTE ILYSE BREGMAN, daughter of Dani and Phil Bregman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 3 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Margaret Rebaza of Denver and the late David Southworth and the late Irvin and Harriett Bregman. Charlotte attends Esperero Canyon Middle… Read more »

Kyra Elle Glassey

Kyra Elle Glassey, daughter of Lauren and Eric Glassey, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 27 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Judy Thomas of Tucson, Stan and Lori Thomas of Rockville, Md., and William Glassey of Tucson. Kyra attends Marana Middle School, where… Read more »