Mitzvot from the heart: Adina Barg, Congregation B’nai Amoona

Adina Barg at the golf tournament she founded for her bat mitzvah project. 

The goal of Adina’s mitzvah project was to find a way to bring people together, enjoy one another, and benefit the community. So on June 3, at the Creve Coeur Golf Course, the Adina Barg Community Golf Invitational Tournament was born.  

Daughter of Abby Kelman and Peter Barg of Creve Coeur, Adina donated the proceeds of the tournament to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois. More than $1,000 was raised and split evenly between the two Federations.

Adina chose the Jewish Federation of St. Louis because it has provided a number of programs she and her siblings enjoyed while growing up. The Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois was selected because it supports Camp Ben Frankel, which Adina has attended for the last several years.  Adina wanted the money to go back to the community that enriched her life and supported so many wonderful causes. 

The golf tournament brought together grandparents and grandchildren, parents and children, and friends. It was a mix of men and women, both old and young, coming together to enjoy a glorious spring day. And, it was a family event, too.  Adina’s mother signed in everyone and sold mulligans. Sister Hannah served as photographer and made sure every golfer came off the course with a picture.  Emma, Adina’s other sister, drove the cart.  Adina’s grandparents, Rita and Maurice Barg, supplied the food and beverages.  Unfortunately, Adina’s big brother, Alex, had obligations as a counselor at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Ga, and couldn’t be at the tournament.  

Adina spent four months planning her project, which included securing sponsors for the nine holes and each tee as well as the prizes. Win or lose, everyone seemed to have a great time. 

A student at the Saul Mirowitz Community Jewish Day School, Adina said, “It made me feel good to know my friends supported me and enjoyed the event.  It also felt good to know I was sharing something with my friends and family, and at the same time give back to the community.”


Mitzvot from the Heart is compiled by Editorial Assistant Elise Krug. To have your child’s bar/bat mitzvah project included, contact her at [email protected] or 314-743-3671.