B’nai Mitzvah – December 2016 issue

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by tgregory

Jaden Kaufman Levin will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at West End Synagogue.  Jaden is the son of Daniel and Kristine Levin.  His grandparents are Alan Levin and Marilyn Levin, both of Hollywood FL; Richard and Pat Kimberley of Scottsbluff, NE, and the late Lois H. Kimberley, may her memory be a blessing.  

Jaden, an Akiva School graduate, is a seventh grader at Grassland Middle School, where he is a straight-A student, and enjoys the coding club.  In his spare time, Jaden enjoys being an active member of Boy Scout Troop 135 and spending time with his family and friends.  Jaden has relished his time preparing for his bar mitzvah with Rabbi Joshua Kullock, Rabbi Josh Barton, and Sharon Paz, director of lifelong learning.

For his mitzvah project, Jaden drew on his passion for reading and spent 12 weeks working in partnership with Gigi’s Playhouse in Brentwood.  Gigi’s is an achievement center where kids and young adults with Down syndrome take part in educational and therapeutic programs that help them maximize self-confidence and achieve their greatest potential.  Jaden spent his time helping a 10-year-old learn to read.  


Asher Stephen Rice will be called to the Torah a bar mitzvah at Congregation Micah on Dec. 10 at Congregation Micah. Asher is the son of Rabbis Philip “Flip” and Laurie Rice, the grandson of Dr. Thomas and Audrey Rice, Larry and Sue Hochberg, and Stephen Neuman (z’;l), and the brother of Shai (14) and Eden (10). 

 A former Akiva School student, Asher is currently a seventh grader at the University School of Nashville. He loves sports of all kinds, especially basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and golf. He enjoys spending time with his family and looks forward to the summer months when he reunites with his buddies from Camp Barney Medintz in Georgia. A natural mensch, he is excited to read from the Torah, lead his community in Shabbat prayer, and revel in being surrounded by loved ones.

The Rice family invites everyone to share in this simcha.


Joseph Dattilo will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3 at The Temple.  Joseph was born in Nashville on Dec. 8, 2003.  His parents are Jeffery and Karen Dattilo. His grandparents are Richard and Rosalyn Slifka of Boston.

Joseph is in the seventh grade at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.  He enjoys playing drums in a rock band, rock climbing, swimming for fun and competitively, biking, technology, hanging out with his brother, and watching movies.

For his mitzvah project, Joseph organized a coat drive for the The McNeilly Center for Children. He has also volunteered his time reading in their classrooms and playing with his band, Second Planet, at McNeilly’s 100th anniversary celebration this summer. He plans to partner with The Temple preschool to collect gently worn Halloween costumes to donate “dress up” clothes to the children’s classrooms.