B’nai Mitzvah

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 »

Gabriel Eli Green

Gabriel Eli Green, son of Rachel and Jonathan Green, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 20 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Fay Green of Tucson, the late Barry Green, Renata Limmer of Huntsville, Ala., and the late Ralph Limmer. Gabe attends Esperero… Read more »

Elanna Franklin

Elanna Franklin, daughter of Caren Franklin and the late Tony Franklin, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on April 29, 2017 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Beverly and Bernard Elzweig of Tucson. Elanna attends Emily Gray Junior High School. She enjoys karate and rock climbing.… Read more »

Graesyn Parrish

Graesyn Parrish, daughter of Gail and Tim Parrish, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on April 29, 2017 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Beverly and Bernard Elzweig of Tucson. Graesyn attends Vail Academy & High School. She enjoys playing volleyball and soccer with her teams… Read more »

Jyotie “Jojo” Eden Steinbeck

JYOTIE “JOJO” EDEN STEINBECK, daughter of Batsheva Hayes and Trey Steinbeck, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 22 with Congregation Or Chadash at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. She is the granddaughter of Judith Scher of Santa Barbara, Calif. JoJo attends Tucson Country Day School, where… Read more »

Madison Regina Ballis

MADISON REGINA BALLIS, daughter of Tami and Mark Ballis, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 1 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Sheila and Hal Rimer of Palm Desert, Calif. Maddie attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. For her mitzvah project, Maddie has created special… Read more »

Alma Hernandez

ALMA HERNANDEZ, daughter of Consuelo and Daniel Hernandez, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 8 at Congregation Chaverim. Alma is a second-year graduate student at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is also the Jewish Community Relations… Read more »

Leo Felix Helming

LEO FELIX HELMING, son of Suzanne Baron Helming and Bruce Helming, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with Congregation Chaverim at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. He is the grandson of Martha Baron and the late Allen Baron, and Carol and Bob Helming,… Read more »

Naomi Grace Holtzman

NAOMI GRACE HOLTZMAN, daughter of Barney and Kyra Holtzman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on March 25, 2017 at Congregation Chaverim. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Holtzman and the late Stuart Holtzman of Tucson, and Michael and Linda Padden of Anchorage, Alaska. Naomi attends Orange Grove Middle… Read more »

Jennifer Faythe Weisman

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… Read more »

Zachary Deutsch

ZACHARY DEUTSCH, son of Jill and Michael Deutsch of Chandler, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 4 at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. He is the grandson of Judy and Larry Deutsch of St. Louis, Mo., and Susan and Michael Cohen of Sun Lakes, formerly of Tucson,… Read more »

Brian Belakovsky

Brian Belakovsky, son of Anjelina Belakovskaia and Lawrence Bernstein, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Liliya Belakovskaya of Tucson. Brian attends Basis Tucson North where he is on the honor roll and a member of the school’s… Read more »