B’nai Mitzvah – September 2017 issue

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by tgregory

Abigail Green will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. at The Temple.

Abigail was born on June 11, 2004 in Lexington, Kentucky. Her parents are Eric and Shari Green. Her grandparents are Albert and Iris Klein, and the late Lawrence Fetterman of Mobile, Ala., and Wayne and Darlene Green, and the late Mary Rae Stuedeman of Birmingham, Ala. 

For her mitzvah project, Abigail will be spending time volunteering at Clover Patch Sanctuary where she will be raising money and gathering supplies for Monroe Harding, a Nashville nonprofit serving children and youth.

Abigail is in the 7th grade at University School of Nashville and she enjoys playing volleyball, animals, and spending time with friends and family.


Benjamin Ian Yazdian will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 9, at West End Synagogue.  Benny is the son of Laura and Afshin Yazdian, and the grandson of Marty and Linda Ardman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Bruce and Giti Yazdian of Los Angeles. He is the great-grandson of Mohtaram Yazdian of Nashville and Aziz and Nazarin Ahdout of Los Angeles.

Benny is in the 7th grade at University School of Nashville, and his special interests include watching and playing sports including basketball, soccer and lacrosse; playing video games and spending time with his family.  For his Bar Mitzvah project, Benny chose to focus on helping families in need by volunteering with two great Nashville organizations, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and the Safe Haven Family Shelter.  


Anna Straus will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at The Temple.

Anna was born in Nashville on March 23, 2004.  Anna’s parents are Andy and Patti Straus. Her grandparents are Bob and Joan Garfield of Cleveland, Ohio, and Jim and Elise Straus of Nashville.  

For her mitzvah project, throughout the year Anna will make monthly homemade challah for Friday night Shabbat Services at Abe’s Garden, a local memory center for people with Alzheimer’s disease.  Anna combines her love of cooking with her passion for helping seniors in our Jewish community.    

   Anna is in the 8th grade at University School of Nashville. She also enjoys playing travel soccer, water and snow skiing, singing and playing piano, and spending time with her family, especially her younger sister, Lexi, and her new puppy, Blaze.