Faye and Matthew Lessans

092013_milesFaye Sara Lessans and Matthew Lessans, daughter and son of Ellen and Stuart Lessans and grandchildren of Irene and Alan Wurtzel and the late Sara Lessans and the late Samuel J. Lessans, will become a bat mitzvah and a bar mitzvah on Nov. 2 at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.

For their mitzvah projects, Faye and Matthew will donate a portion of their b’nai mitzvah funds to the Endowment Fund established in loving memory of their grandparents, Sara and Samuel J. Lessans, to support Jewish studies at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville. Faye and Matthew are seventh-graders at the school

Hoffman

062113_Hoffman_mitzHeidi and Alan Hoffman of Owings Mills are proud to announce the bat mitzvah of their daughter, Morgan Brittney, on Jan. 26 at Beth Israel Congregation. A celebration with friends and family was held that evening.

Morgan is a seventh-grade honor student at Franklin Middle School. For her bat mitzvah project, she collected hats and gift cards for the children at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai.

Sam Nitkin

Sam Nitkin, son of Karen and David Nitkin off Ellicott City, became a bar mitzvah on May 11, 2013. The ceremony and celebration took place at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills and was organized by the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah.

As part of his bar mitzvah studies, Sam undertook a research project on shtetl life in Russia’s Pale of Settlement as experienced by his great-grandfather and namesake, Samuel Nitkin. He also performed community service at Heartlands Senior Living Village in Ellicott City.

Raskin

Mia Shoshana Raskin, daughter of Rabbi Adam and Sari Raskin will become a bat mitzvah on Shabbat morning, June 8, at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac. Mia is the great-granddaughter of Harriet and the late Joseph Raskin of Pikesville. She is a sixth-grade student at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville.

Sam Nitkin

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Sam Nitkin, son of Karen and David Nitkin off Ellicott City, became a bar mitzvah on May 11, 2013. The ceremony and celebration took place at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills and was organized by the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah.

As part of his bar mitzvah studies, Sam undertook a research project on shtetl life in Russia’s Pale of
Settlement as experienced by his great-grandfather and namesake, Samuel Nitkin. He also performed community service at Heartlands Senior Living Village in Ellicott City.

Hannah Graetz

Roni Dinkes and Carl Graetz are proud to announce the bat mitzvah of their daughter, Hannah Leigh Graetz, on May 11, 2013 at Har Sinai Congregation.

Hannah is a seventh-grade honor student at Franklin Middle School. For her bat mitzvah project, she raised money to combat cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). [Read more…]