Kippa Surprise

June 17, 2013
BY Justin Hayet

Shulamit Finkelstein of Ellicot City is a master at crocheting, and last summer, she embarked on a project that she only recently completed: crocheting 200 kippot for her grandson’s bar mitzvah.

The project came at the suggestion of her daughter, Bryna Sherr. “Two hundred kippot,” Finkelstein remembers her saying. She thought to herself, “I better get started soon.”

Sherr knew her mother had loads of leftover yarn lying around the house — a perfect “recycling” project. And while this heavy task seemed overwhelming to Finkelstein, she decided to take it on — for her grandson, Julian Sherr, who lives in Harrisburg, Pa. Each kippah takes about 45 minutes to make.
Finkelstein said her grandson is “passionate about recycling and even approached his school principal about starting a recycling program.”

The best part: Julian doesn’t even know his grandmother has the yarmulkes finished. She’ll be surprising him at his bar mitzvah on June 22 at Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg.


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