B’nai Mitzvah – June 2017 issue

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by tgregory

Jackson Liff was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on May 6 at The Temple. Jackson was born on January 26, 2004 in Nashville. His parents are Rachel and Darren Liff, and his grandparents are Mickey Goorman and Judy and Joe Barker of Nashville. 

Jackson is in the seventh grade at University School of Nashville and his special interests include golf, soccer, basketball, baseball, piano and spending all his free time with friends.

As his mitzvah project, Jackson will be recruiting his friends to join him in donating old and unused sports equipment for people with disabilities as well as participating in basketball tournaments that pair volunteers of all ages with disabled athletes through Sports 4 ALL.


Isaac Gorden was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on May 13 at The Temple. Isaac was born in Nashville on April 22, 2004. His parents are Joan and Lee Gorden, and his grandparents are Catherine and the late Peter DeWitt of Tucson, AZ., and Vivian and Phillip Gorden of Bethesda, MD.

Isaac is in seventh grade at the Linden Waldorf School. He enjoys reading, camping, baseball, viola, play of any kind, and spending time with family and friends.

Isaac’s mitzvah projects include volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank in programs to help the hungry in the Nashville area. He will also soon share his bar mitzvah celebration and simcha with a small synagogue congregation in Tupelo, MS., founded by his great grandparents and other Jewish immigrants.  In doing so Isaac hopes to bring the joy of becoming a bar mitzvah to a small and aging yet dedicated rural Jewish community.


Joshua Jacobs was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on May 20at The Temple. Joshua was born on May 25, 2004 in Nashville. His parents are Erica and Billy Jacobs, and his grandparents are Kenneth and Ellen Jacobs of Nashville, Sheila Wiselman of Chicago and Mitchell Weinstein of Rockland County, NY.

Joshua is in the seventh grade at University School of Nashville and his special interests include reading, playing sports and spending time with family and friends.

For his mitzvah project, Joshua chose the Red Wagon Project which donates toys and supplies to the children and families at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital. Among the donations, he will include the centerpieces from his luncheon.


Kinneret Weismark celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on June 1 at Young Israel Synagogue in Atlanta. She is the daughter of Adee and Ilana Weismark, and the granddaughter of Janet and Rami Weismark of Nashville and Eliette and Emile Benarroch of Thionville, France. She is the great granddaughter of Alvin and Ann Stillman. 

Kinneret will chant the book of Ruth on the second day of Shavuot, the day she was born at Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem. She enjoys cooking, reading and attending Camp Ramah. 

For her mitzvah project, Kinneret hosted a talent show to raise money to purchase medical equipment for the neonatal unit at Hadassah Hospital.


Ryan Seth Estrin will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 3 in Israel at Hebrew Union College of Jerusalem. Ryan is the son of Vicki and David Estrin. He is the grandson of Dale and Marny Yenzer and Charlene Estrin.

Ryan is in 7th grade at Harding Academy where he is on the debate team.  Ryan enjoys traveling with his family, spending time with friends and learning about history. He is a Predators fan and enjoys going to the games with his friends. 

For his mitzvah project, Ryan is raising funds to support Safe Haven Family Shelters, where he and his father have volunteered over the last few years. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts entire homeless familys.


Lukas Rabiner will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 3 in Israel at Hebrew Union College of Jerusalem. Lukas is the son of Robin and Andy Rabiner and the brother of Caroline, Rebecca and Samuel, who will also be accompanying him on the family congregation trip sponsored by Congregation Micah. He is the grandson of Marian and Abe Rabiner of Lexington, KY., and the late Rose and Rene Levy of Kensington, MD.

Lukas is an 8th grader at Grassland Middle School, where he is a member of the lacrosse and football teams. During the summer, he attends camp at 6 Points Sports Academy in Greensborough, NC.

As his mitzvah project, Lukas led services at Park Manor Senior Community and Abe’s Garden with some Congregation Micah friends and planned the Passover Seder for the community. Lukas practiced his Hebrew and brought Shabbat and holiday smiles to the residents.


Gabe Light will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah during services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Congregation Micah. Gabe is the son of Heather and Mitchell Light and the brother of Zoe Light. He is the grandson of Ann and Martin Light of Franklin, and Don and the late Donna Cinzori of Ceresco, MI.

Gabe recently completed 7th grade at West End Middle School. He loves to play and watch sports, especially baseball and basketball, and is big fan of Vanderbilt University athletics, the Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Yankees. He enjoys video games and playing outside with friends.

For his mitzvah project, Gabe donated equipment and raised money for RBI, a program that uses baseball to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow, inspiring them to recognize their potential to realize their dreams. 


Bray Jacobs will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 24 at Congregation Micah.  Bray is the daughter of Laura Jacobs and Larry Johnson, sister of Noah Jacobs, and granddaughter of Mike and Gail Jacobs of Chapel Hill, NC and Harlis and P.J. Johnson of Brentwood.

Bray will be an 8th grader in the fall at Drakes Creek Middle School in Bowling Green, KY.  She loves the arts, especially the theater, drawing and making movies. She loves spending time with her friends, anything Harry Potter, and Britain.

For her mitzvah project, Bray is working with the organization Remember Us to remember 2-year-old Shiffra Abraham, who died in the Auschwitz Concentration camp. She is also taking over for her brother updating and maintaining the website for Temple in Bowling Green.