B’nai Mitzvah – February 2017 issue

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by tgregory

Alex Altman will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4 at The Temple. Born on Feb. 6, 2004, Alex is the son of Lela and Marshall Altman and the grandson of Lucky Altman-Lynch of Los Angeles, Betty Ann and O.D. Upshaw of Winston-Salem, NC, and the late Donald and Ruth Altman.

Alex is in the seventh grade at Valor Collegiate Academy. He enjoys tennis, fishing, piano, singing, acting, and automotive education.

For his mitzvah project, Alex will be volunteering at Jewish Family Services packaging meal boxes, In addition, because of his love for animals, Alex has chosen to volunteer at an Animal Preserve in Costa Rica during a family trip in March when he will help in the rehabilitation of wild animals in the preserve.


Abigail “Abby” Claire Landa will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at West End Synagogue. Abby is the daughter of Adam and Valerie Landa and sister of Zachary Landa.  Her grandparents are Steve and Roslyn McMahan and Victor and Harriett Simpson of Nashville, Arthur Landa of Montreal, and Harry Zager (z’’l).

Abby is in the seventh grade at Grassland Middle School.  When not listening to music, watching movies, playing piano, or performing in plays at Bravo Creative Arts Center (where she has been involved in 14 performances over the last five years), she can be found chatting away with her bunkmates from Camp Ramah Darom.  In addition to the dedication of Rabbi Joshua Kullock, Rabbi Josh Barton, Sharon Paz, and Beit Miriam teachers at West End Synagogue, the past four summers Abby has spent at Camp Ramah Darom have helped prepare her for this important milestone.

For her mitzvah project, Abby will volunteer time and donate school supplies to LP PENCIL Box, an organization focused on community support for Nashville public schools.  In addition, she has established a B’nai Tzedek philanthropy fund with the Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. •