Recent Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

One of our time-honored traditions is welcoming young members of our community into adulthood during their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Students enrolled in our  B’nai Mitzvah Program attend either our Polsky Religious School or Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy.

Frankie Goldstein

June 4, 2020

Our very first Zoom Bar Mitzvah, Frank is the son of Gina and Elly Goldstein. He is the grandson of Ted and Jill Goldstein of Overland Park, Kansas and Katie Burasco, of Independence, MO. Frank attends Overland Trail Middle School where he is active in the drama program, having both acted and worked as a member of the crew. When Frank is not at school, he can often be found playing or practicing baseball. He is currently playing his third season as a member of a Natural Baseball Academy AAA team. Frank also loves traveling to any destination with a beach and enjoys fishing—especially deep sea fishing! For his Bar Mitzvah project, Frank organized and executed a neighborhood food drive, having collected over 200 food items from 100+ homes he dropped off bags to in his neighborhood.

Nina Eliana McNay

February 29, 2020

Nina is the daughter of Dawn Gale and Doug McNay, and is the sister of Logan McNay. She is the granddaughter of Bob and Barbi McNay of Overland Park, Kansas and Marshall Gale, z”l and Pam Gale, z”l of blessed memory. Nina attends Oxford Middle School where she serves on Student Council and is a member of the newspaper, show choir, Community Service Club, Students Helping Students Club, and cast of the school musical. She is a second degree black belt in taekwondo and also enjoys art, reading, Girl Scouts, piano and voice lessons. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Nina is organizing a food drive for the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Food Pantry after which she will visit the pantry to help sort and organize the food she collects. She is also doing monthly food deliveries for the JFS Pantry with her family.

Aaron Scott Dworsky

December 28, 2019

Aaron is the son of David and Jennifer Dworsky, and is the brother of Evan Dworsky. He is the grandson of Joanne Fixman of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and Rochelle “Rocky” Dworsky. Aaron attends Harmony Middle School. His hobbies include swimming, soccer, and being with his friends. For his Bar Mitzvah project, Aaron volunteered at Wayside Waifs, an animal shelter. Aaron’s participation included, making peanut butter treats to freeze for the dogs. Other duties included folding clean towels and blankets for the cages and collecting more blankets.

Andrew Dylan Gershon

December 14, 2019

Andrew is the son of Dayna and Danny Gershon, and is the brother of Max Gershon. He is the grandson of Susie and Bob Greenberg of Leawood, Kansas, and David Gershon and Susan Shepherd of Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew attends Kansas City Academy. His hobbies include Cosplay, writing, and watching Anime. For his Bar Mitzvah project, Andrew is providing compassion and play with animals at various places in the Kansas City area.

Owen Benjamin Galler

November 16, 2019

Owen is the son of Joshua Aaron Galler and Laura Elizabeth Galler, and is the brother of Daniel Garrison Galler. He is the grandson of Debbi Galler of Overland Park, Kansas, and Karen Sunde of Lenexa, Kansas. Owen attends Blue Valley Middle School. His hobbies include Special Olympics Basketball, Special Olympics Track and Field, Special Olympics Swimming, Special Olympics Soccer, Sporting Blue Valley Team Soccer. For his Bar Mitzvah project, Owen has been helping his parents raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, and JDRF. Relatives and friends are invited to worship with the family for the Minchah, Ma’ariv and Havdalah services.

Hannah Gabrielle Gold

November 2, 2019

Hannah is the daughter of Brodie and Daniel Gold, and is the sister of Jacob and Sarah. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Herman of Overland Park, KS, and Robert and Risa Gold of Manalapan, NJ. Hannah attends Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Her hobbies include dancing, lyra hoop, drama, sewing, diamond dotz, traveling and spending time with friends. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Hannah has been collecting new and gently used dancewear on behalf of Donate2Dance. The items will then be delivered to Kansas City Young Audiences, a nonprofit organization providing arts education to children in the Kansas City metro area.

Leah Gabrielle Snitz

October 26, 2019  

Leah is the daughter of Wendy and Ian Snitz, and is the sister of Joshua. She is the granddaughter of Louis and Vicki Asner of Overland Park, KS, Irwin and Sandy Snitz of Sun City, AZ, and Myles and the late Louisa Levin of Rockville, MD. Leah attends Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Leah is volunteering at Melissa’s Menagerie Second Chance Animal Shelter assisting dogs and cats until they are adopted and NextStep Paralysis Recovery Center, along with her dog Max, to offer support to patients undergoing rehabilitation treatments.

Gracie Ryan Cowman

August 31, 2019

Gracie is the daughter of Kelley (Fried) Cowman and Kurt Cowman. She is the granddaughter of Helene and Bernie Fried of Overland Park, KS, Cheri and Steve Cowman of Paola, KS, and LeAnne and Dennis Bova of Spring Hill, KS. Gracie attends California Trail Middle School and loves to read, write stories, play the viola and spend time with family and friends. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Gracie is building a playhouse to be donated to the Rose Family Early Childhood Education Center.

Eli Jacobson

August 17, 2019

Eli is the son of Beth Jacobson and Eric Jacobson. He is the grandson of Sharon and Alvin Cohen and Greg Zellhofer of Overland Park, KS. He attends Overland Trail Middle School. He enjoys being a member of Boy Scouts – Troop 61, attending Herzl Camp, and participating in Musical Theater through The Culture House. His Bar Mitzvah project is volunteering for ScrapsKC – their mission is to care for Kansas City’s environment, education and homeless through creative reuse.

Evie Freed

June 1, 2019 

Evie Freed is the daughter of Randy and Dini Freed. She is the granddaughter of Sam Shutzberg of Pittsburgh, PA, and the late Ettie Shutzberg, Ronald Freed and Valerie Freed. She attends the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. She enjoys art, drama, video games, bike riding with her dad and will attend Herzl Camp in Wisconsin in the summer. Evie’s bat mitzvah project is packaging food items and delivering them to Jewish seniors, and putting together birthday bags with the National Council of Jewish Women. Relatives and friends are invited to the service and kiddush luncheon.

Sofia Levine & Noa Levine

May 25, 2019  

Sofia Levine and Noa Levine are the daughters of Michael and Julie Levine. They are the granddaughters of Margie and Bruce Gutnik of Omaha, NE, and Teddy and Roy Levine of Highlands Ranch, CO. Sofia and Noa attend the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Sofia loves playing competitive soccer, video games and spending time with friends. Noa loves dance, summer camp and spending time with friends. Sofia is volunteering at Free Hot Soup KC supporting the hungry and homeless. Noa is volunteering at Unleashed Pet Rescue by interacting with stray dogs and cats until they are adopted.

Olivia Davis

March 30, 2019  

Olivia Davis is the daughter of Matthew and Karen Davis. She has two older siblings, Noah and Abbie. She is the granddaughter of Steve and Mary Davis of Kansas City, Mo; Bob and Marsha Polster of Columbus, OH. Olivia attends Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. She enjoys art, horseback riding and babysitting. Olivia’s bat mitzvah project involved giving bags of necessities to the homeless. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family in Mincha, Ma’ariv and Havdalah services.

Emma Rosenthal

February 16, 2019

Emma Rosenthal is the daughter of Janna and Daniel Rosenthal. She has a younger brother, Benjamin. She is the granddaughter of Susan & Ernest Rosenthal of Overland Park, Kansas; Susan & Kenneth Cohn of Arlington, Virginia; and Theresa and William Schuster of Aiken, South Carolina. Emma attends Leawood Middle School. She enjoys playing soccer, basketball, traveling, babysitting and spending her summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Emma’s bat mitzvah project involved raising money for, and volunteering at, the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City.

Reece Widman

January 26, 2019  

Reece Widman is the son of Vicki and Andrew Widman. He has a brother, Will. He is the grandson of Sharon and Michael Milens and Sherry and Marshall Widman. Reece attends Pleasant Ridge Middle School. He enjoys playing the clarinet, gymnastics, art and hanging out with his friends. Reece’s bar mitzvah project is to raise money to create snack bags for the families who utilize the Ronald McDonald family room at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He also went to the Ronald McDonald house and prepared freezer meals and snacks for the families living there. Relatives and friends are invited to worship with the family for the Minchah, Ma’ariv and Havdalah services.

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