B’nai Mitzvah

Niles Rendleman King

Niles Rendleman King, son of Dr. Sloan R. King, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, July 30 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Nancy Niles and John Sjoblom of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Niles attends Tucson Hebrew Academy where he plays soccer and participates in mock… Read more »

Kiersten Jada Belkoff

Kiersten Jada Belkoff, daughter of Sandy Stein and Kenneth Belkoff, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on June 4 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Howard Stein and the late Celina Stein of Tucson, and the late Michael and Shirley Belkoff of Hillside, N.J. Kiersten attends… Read more »

Katherine Marguerite Zinn

Katherine Marguerite Zinn, daughter of Erin Samuels, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on May 14 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Samuels of Tucson and Douglas Woods of Shepardsville, Ky. Katie attends Pistor Middle School where she is in honors classes, on the yearbook committee,… Read more »

Alexa Dorf

Alexa Dorf, daughter of Rachel and Rick Dorf, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on May 14 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Becki and Richard Fink and Judy and Michael Dorf, all of Tucson. Alexa attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. She is on the dance… Read more »

Noah Zvi Fleisher

NOAH ZVI FLEISHER, son of Andrea and Jason Fleisher, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on May 7 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Rhoda and Nate Miller of Tucson, Roma Fleisher and Bruce Favish of Los Angeles, Sander Fleisher of Tucson and Tanya Fleisher of… Read more »

Rachel Sydney Rudner

RACHEL SYDNEY RUDNER, daughter of Monica and Eric Rudner, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on May 7 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Gail and Calman Rudner and Alberto and Sara Mirta Bien-Willner, all of Tucson.  Rachel is the great-granddaughter of Florence Liebeskind and the… Read more »

Bella Ruth Wexler

Bella Ruth Wexler, daughter of Allison and Michael Wexler, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on April 16 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Charlene and Samuel Wexler of Chicago and Susan and Jerry Zandman of New York. Bella attends Esperero Canyon Middle School and is… Read more »

Aiden Glesinger

Aiden Justice Glesinger, son of April and Jeff Glesinger, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on April 2 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Sue and Sonny Ross of Tucson and Jan and Jerry Glesinger of Papillion, Neb. Aiden is in the seventh grade at Tucson… Read more »

Joshua Aaron Quigley

Joshua Aaron Quigley, son of Karen and Thomas Quigley, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 26, at Foothills Shul at Beis Yael. He is the grandson of Susan and Alan Marvin Levinson of Greenbrae, Calif., Gerrard and Ellen Quigley of Placitas N.M., Artur Berliner of San… Read more »

Op-Ed: I’m not your mitzvah project

Comedian and inclusion advocate Pamela Schuller (Courtesy of Pamela Schuller)

(JTA) — I have Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and noises called “tics.” My Tourette’s is relatively mild at this point, but I went through a turbulent adolescence when Tourette’s was the most defining thing about me. Between the constant movements and the loud, uncontrollable… Read more »

Jacob Dylan Fredman

Jacob Dylan Fredman, son of Daniel Fredman and Katheryn Fredman, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Henrietta and the late Avery Fredman of St. Louis, Mo., and Kathy and Frank Chrzanowski of Tucson. Jacob attends Emily… Read more »

Lyle Tumarkin

Lyle Yi Tumarkin, daughter of Joanna Norman and Paul Tumarkin, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Jewish Community Center with Congregation Chaverim. She is the granddaughter of Linda and Gerald Tumarkin of Tucson. Lyle attends the Civano Middle School, trains in gymnastics, and… Read more »

Stella Salmon

STELLA BITAR SALMON, daughter of Sosan Moussa and Stewart Salmon, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Congregation Bet Shalom. She is the granddaughter of Joan Tobias Salmon and the late Dr. Sydney Salmon, and George and Magdalien Moussa, all of Tucson. Stella attends Basis Tucson… Read more »

Elana Beth Goldberg

Elana Beth Goldberg, daughter of Lisa and Ben Goldberg, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Mimi and Jerry Sisk of Palos Verdes, Calif., and Karen and Bill Goldberg of Tucson. Elana attends Tucson Hebrew Academy and… Read more »

Joseph B. Cohen

Joseph B. Cohen, son of Nancy Cohen and Stephen Cohen, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Dec. 19, at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Janet Gagnon of Tucson; Alan and Susan Cohen of Palm Springs, Calif.; and Warren and Pat Henderson of Dunbarton, N.H. Joseph… Read more »

Shira Hannah Dubin

Shira Hannah Dubin, daughter of Pamela Heiman and Matthew Dubin, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Sandy and Elliott Heiman of Tucson and Barbara Dubin and Henry Dubin of Maryland. Shira attends Tucson Hebrew Academy, where… Read more »

Ellah Steele Ben-Asher

ELLAH STEELE BEN-ASHER, daughter of Jon Ben-Asher and Jeni Steele, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of David Ben-Asher of Tucson and the late Bryna Ben-Asher, and Susan Charles of Tucson and the late Jim Steele. Ellah… Read more »

Samuel Paul Goldfinger

Samuel Paul Goldfinger, son of Melissa and Tedd Goldfinger, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Sandi and Jerry Henderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Judi and Jerry Schumacher of Saddlebrooke. Samuel attends Tucson Hebrew Academy where… Read more »

Shmuel Moshe White

Shmuel Moshe White, son of the Honorable James Garfield White and Hallie Bongar White, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov.14 at Congregation Young Israel. Shmuel is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and attends Tucson Hebrew Academy, where he plays on the basketball and football… Read more »