B’nai Mitzvah

Elijah Ivan Nogales

Elijah Ivan Nogales, son of Celina Alday and Reuven Shorr, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Congregation Chaverim. He is the grandson of Alisa and Kenneth Shorr, Celina and Tony Nogales, and Patricia and Ken Wagner, all of Tucson. Elijah attends Robins Elementary School… Read more »

Levi Nathan Mendel

Levi Nathan Mendel, son of Pamela and Stuart Mendel, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Congregation Anshei Israel. Levi attends Tucson Hebrew Academy. He enjoys reading, chess and math. For his Mitzvah project, he is raising funds for the American Cancer Society.… Read more »

Audrey Reese Ecelbarger

Audrey Reese Ecelbarger, daughter of Bess and Paul Ecelbarger, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Judi and Bob Rubin, Laura Ecelbarger, and Mark Thaler, all of Tucson. Audrey attends Gridley Middle School where she is an honor… Read more »

Darian Joseph German

Darian Joseph German, son of Sophie M. German, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Caryll and John McCarthy of Tucson. Darian attends Tucson Hebrew Academy where he participates in Mock Trial. He enjoys art, teen choir and… Read more »

Aubrey Makenna Stellajean Zadorozny

Aubrey Makenna Stellajean Zadorozny, daughter of Sara and Steven Zadorozny, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Gary and the late Linda King, Maria and the late Peter Zadorozny, both of San Diego and the great-granddaughter of… Read more »

Benjamin Aaron Sargus

Benjamin Aaron Sargus, son of Tamara Sargus and Bryan Sargus, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Sheila and Ken Sommerman of New York, N.Y., and Karen and Larry Sargus of Canal Winchester, Ohio. Ben attends Basis Tucson… Read more »

Gabriel Alexander Friedman

Gabriel Alexander Friedman, son of Diana & Rick Friedman, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Barbara and Joseph Friedman of New York, N.Y., Norman Statland of Sarasota, Fla., and Marilyn Statland of Florham Park, N.J. Gabriel attends… Read more »

Liliana Jade Isaac

Liliana Jade Isaac, daughter of Nina and Andrew Isaac, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Sept. 17 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Seth and Sharon Weintraub of Jacksonville, Ore., the late Frances Sydney, and Barbara and Chuck Isaac of Phoenix, and the great-granddaughter… Read more »

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 »