B’nai Mitzvah – May 2017 issue

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by tgregory

Dustin Paul Averbuch was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, April 29 at West End Synagogue.  He is the son of Jessica and Sam Averbuch, brother of Toby Averbuch, and granddaughter of Dr. Larry Averbuch and the late Sandy Averbuch and Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Pearlstein of St. Petersburg, FL.  

Dustin began his education at Akiva School and is a seventh grader at University School of Nashville.  He loves music and plays guitar, piano and trumpet.  He also enjoys playing school sports including basketball, frisbee and lacrosse. This summer will be Dustin’s sixth at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, GA.  

Dustin chose to help the homeless as his mitzvah project.  During the winter, he volunteered with Room at the Inn hosted by West End Synagogue.  He helped prepare lunch and dinner, and also made beds and toiletry kits for the men.  He enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the men, some of whom he recognized from the streets of Nashville, while he served and ate dinner with them. 


Russell Warsetsky will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah during services at 10:30 a.m. on May 20 at Congregation Micah. Russell is the son of Gail and Marc Warsetsky and the brother of Hannah and Jessie. He is the grandson of Ede and Bruce Slovin of Port St. Lucie, FL., and Barbra and Gerald Warsetsky of Coral Springs, FL. He is the great-grandson of Helene and Edward Warsetsky of Deerfield Beach, FL. 

Russell is a 7th grader at Grassland Middle School. He loves playing strategy, computer, and video games. He is an avid reader and enjoys math, drama, hip-hop dancing, flag football and Boy Scouts. Most days you will find him enjoying his favorite treat, a Coke ICEE.  Russell loves spending time with his family and friends and looks forward to his summer trips to Florida. 

For his mitzvah project, Russell is collecting books for Youth Encouragement Services (Y.E.S.) of Nashville in partnership with McKay’s Bookstore. The books he collects will be turned in for certificates at McKay’s for at-risk youth from the center to choose their own books.


Jake Binda will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah during services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, at Congregation Micah. Jake is the son of Mona and Mark Binda. He is the grandson of Judith and Jacob Sherak of Fair Lawn, NJ., and the late Carolyn Binda and the late Ronald Binda.

Jake is currently a 7th grader at Bellevue Middle School. He loves art and science and won first place in the school science fair two years in a row. He enjoys video games (especially Minecraft), movies, and graphic novels. Jake enjoys spending time with his friends and family, especially on their many beach, cruise, or Disney vacations.

For his mitzvah project, Jake helped collect money and toys for the Last Minute Toy Store, where he has also volunteered for the last three years.  The organization provides holiday gifts for needy families across Davidson County.