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Mazel Tov to our September and October B'nei Mitzvah Celebrants!

CallieCallie Wilker

Callie Rebecca Wilker will become a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Callie is the daughter of Lainie Block Wilker and Steven Wilker, and younger sister of Hannah. She is the granddaughter of Hal and Ricki Block of San Diego, CA, Susan Wilker of Long Island, NY, and the late Stanley Wilker. Callie is entering 8th grade at Laurelhurst School. She enjoys reading, creative writing, art, serving as a teaching assistant for younger children, volleyball, and performing with her Zig Zag acrobatics troupe at Echo Theater. For her Mitzvah project, Callie is volunteering with the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program to share her love of reading. She is also organizing book donations to the Children’s Book Bank to deliver books to children who might not otherwise have books of their own at home. In low income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children.

AnabelAnabel Cull

Anabel Cull will become a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, September 9. 2017. Anabel is the daughter of Julia Epstein and Thomas Cull and younger sister of Olivia. She is an 8th grader at Laurelhurst School. Anabel loves playing soccer and lacrosse and running long distances during XC and track seasons with her teammates . When she is not zipping around the fields she is sketching, reading, playing the trombone or crafting something fun. For her Mitzvah Project, Anabel chose to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of refugees and new immigrants. She designed and taught classes to middle schoolers that led to constructive conversations and a school-wide community art project for IRCO ( Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization). She then spearheaded a successful drive in her school to collect personal care items and first aid kits for IRCO.

LeahLeah Helen Abramson Slater

Leah Helen Abramson Slater will become a Bat Mitzvah on October 7, 2017. Leah is the daughter of Rachel Abramson and Daniel Slater and older sister of Gabriel. She also cares for her two guinea pigs, Peggy and Lafayette. Leah will be a 7th grader at Da Vinci Arts Middle School. She enjoys reading, playing her flute, drawing, and hanging out with friends. For her Mitzvah Project, Leah will be raising money for the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), an environmental activist organization focusing on protecting our planet and fighting against global warming.

PreseleyPresley Francoise Girard

Presley Francoise Girard will become a Bat Mitzvah on October 14, 2017. She is the daughter of Thaddeus Girard and Lisa Caplan Girard, older sister of Brady Girard and her grandparents are Barry and Barbara Caplan. Presley is in 8th grade at Winterhaven School, and excited to be in her fifth year on the MAC’s synchronized swim team. In addition to her love of the pool, Presley also enjoys creating various art projects, spending time with both old and new friends, and her summers at B’nai B’rith Camp. Presley has contributed to a few different organizations through her affiliation with the National Charity League, and has chosen to dedicate her time to the Oregon Food Bank as her Mitzvah Project.

Simon ShulevitzSimon Baruch Shulevitz

Simon Baruch Shulevitz will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday October 28, 2017. Simon is the son of Jim and Anastasia Shulevitz, and younger brother of Isaac and Zoe Shulevitz, both of whom have completed their B’nei Mitzvahs at Congregation Beth Israel. Simon’s grandparents are Mel Shulevitz and Marjorie Belson and George and Chrisoula Papas, all of Portland. Simon is proud to be third generation member of CBI. Simon is an 8th grader at Metro Montessori School, where he enjoys learning and participates in the Model UN. He loves soccer and plays competitively for his club, NorthEast United. Simon enjoys being outdoors, hiking and camping. He has spent two summers at B’nai B’rith Camp. Simon also loves to dance, draw and engage in woodworking projects. For his Mizvah Project, Simon has decided to continue his volunteer activities for SOLVE Oregon. SOLVE Oregon is a non-profit organization whose mission focuses on restoring Oregon’s natural spaces. As a 6th grader, Simon attended an all day SOLVE Oregon seminar that enabled him to organize and lead a beach clean-up day at Cannon Beach, OR. The clean-up day was fun, educational, and resulted in many bags of litter and trash being removed from the beach. Simon looks forward to continuing his work with SOLVE Oregon in order to take care of the great state we are so fortunate to live in.

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