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St. Louis Jewish Light

Bar mitzvah: Charlie Jacob Mentle

Bar mitzvah: Charlie Jacob Mentle

Published December 7, 2022

Charlie Jacob Mentle, son of Jenny Hoffman-Mentle and Robbie Mentle of St. Louis, became a bar mitzvah Aug. 13, 2022 at Congregation Shaare Emeth. Charlie is the grandson of Barb and Bob Hoffman of St. Louis, and Jane and Henry Mentle of Boca Raton,...

Bat Mitzvah: Olivia Berger

Bat Mitzvah: Olivia Berger

Published November 16, 2022

Olivia Frances Berger, daughter of Meredith and Joe Berger, became a bat mitzvah Oct. 29, 2022 at Congregation Shaare Emeth. Olivia is the granddaughter of Elaine and Marc Tenzer of St. Louis, Kristie and Don Skor of Middlebury, Vt., and Ann and Sheldon...

Bat Mitzvah: Dahlia Goldstein-Larocco

Bat Mitzvah: Dahlia Goldstein-Larocco

Published June 9, 2022

Dahlia Goldstein-Larocco became a bat mitzvah May 14 at a private residence. Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation officiated. Dahlia is the daughter of Traci Goldstein and Tyler Larocco of St. Louis. She is the granddaughter of...

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Bar Mitzvah: Ari Bernstein

Published June 9, 2022

Ari Bernstein, son of Jen and Scott Bernstein of St. Louis, became a bar mitzvah on May 28, 2022 at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Ari is the grandson of Susie and the late Rik Knopf of St. Louis, and Mitch and Melanie Bernstein of St. Louis. A rising...

Bat mitzvah: Harlow Hastings

Bat mitzvah: Harlow Hastings

Published May 13, 2022

Harlow Hastings (Hebrew name: Aviva Zerah) became a bat mitzvah April 30 at United Hebrew Congregation.   Harlow is the daughter of Michelle and Jay Hastings of St. Louis. She is the granddaughter of Annette Vacketta, Glen Richard Hastings, Judith...

The Abeles family wrapped in Elis tallit that he wore on his bar mitzvah 30+ years ago. Photo: Spoonful of Sugar Photography

Aaron Abeles honors his dad with special Bar Mitzvah project

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 5, 2022

Aaron Abeles has experienced losses no 13-year-old boy should ever know. He also has the maturity, at his age, to understand how to take those tough experiences and turn them into something good and beautiful. "It probably won’t surprise anyone that...

The day an impromptu Bar Mitzvah broke out in Jefferson City

The day an impromptu Bar Mitzvah broke out in Jefferson City

Tzemach Feller, Chabad.orgPublished May 4, 2022

(Chabad.org) -- Missouri Representative Michael Davis didn’t even have time to put his jacket back on. He had left the Missouri House floor to meet with a Chabad-Lubavitch delegation representing communities from across the state. On the legislative...

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Bat mitzvah: Mallory Jordana Biederman

Published April 19, 2022

Mallory Jordana Biederman, daughter of Rachel (Dalin) Biederman and Brandon Biederman of Parkland, Fla., became a bat mitzvah Feb. 26, 2022 at Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland. Mallory is the granddaughter of Debbie M. (Levin) Dalin and Gary...

Bar mitzvah: Adam Kress

Bar mitzvah: Adam Kress

Published April 1, 2022

Adam Kress, son of David and Stacy Kress of Chesterfield, will become a bar mitzvah on April 9, 2022 at United Hebrew Congregation. Adam is the grandson of Bob and Nancy Jo Sterneck of Chesterfield, and Lynda and the late Marty Kress of St. Louis....

Bar Mitzvah: Jack Ezra Berger

Bar Mitzvah: Jack Ezra Berger

Published March 20, 2022

Jack Ezra Berger, son of Alison and Brett Berger of St. Louis, became a bar mitzvah Jan. 29, 2022 at United Hebrew Congregation.  Jack is the grandson of Barbara and Paul Melnik, and Barbara and Doron Berger, all of St. Louis. He is the great-grandson...

Rabbi Stiffman

83 is the new 13, and Rabbi Stiffman is all in for his second Bar Mitzvah

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished March 16, 2022

The custom of a second bar mitzvah, which has become more and more popular in recent years among men, is based on the reading of Psalm 90:10, which says that 70 years is the expected lifespan of most humans. Reaching age 70, then, can be considered a...

Bat mitzvah: Riley Weinstein

Bat mitzvah: Riley Weinstein

Published March 2, 2022

Riley Weinstein will become a bat mitzvah in March 2022 at Congregation Shaare Emeth.   Riley is the daughter of Dan and Dana Weinstein of Creve Coeur. She is the granddaughter of Mark Weinstein and the late Aileen Weinstein, and the late Celina...

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