Noah Leo LaFountain

Noah Leo LaFountain, son of Dan and Sara LaFountain, will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday at Magen David Sephardic Congregation. Noah is the grandson of Baruch and Karen Fellner of Washington, D.C., and Diane z”l and Dan LaFountain z”l. For Noah’s mitzvah project, he is planting trees in Israel through JNF in honor of… Read More

Daniel Stewart Morgan

Daniel Stewart Morgan, son of Lynn and Randy Morgan of Potomac, will become a bar mitzvah on April 26 at Washington Hebrew Congregation in the District. Joining in the simcha are sisters Natalie and Kate, grandparents Sharon and Bert Weidberg of Irvine, Calif., Judy and Jerry Adair of Newtown Square, Pa., and Howard and Betsy… Read More

Max Portnoy

For his bar mitzvah project, Max Portnoy organized a catch-a-thon to raise money for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Frontotemporal Degeneration is a form of dementia that affects Max’s grandfather, Rabbi Herschel Portnoy. With help from family, friends and classmates from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the three-hour event raised about $16,000 toward Max’s… Read More

Crystal Bridge

On Saturday, Crystal Kaitlyn Bridge, daughter of daughter of Tina and Andy Bridge of North Potomac, will become a bat mitzvah at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville. Family members joining in the simcha include her brothers, Harrison and Mitchell, and grandparents Natalie Goldberg of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Sam Levy of Rockville. Crystal is also… Read More

Gabriel Micah Stillman

Gabriel Micah Stillman, son of Susan and Brad Stillman of Potomac, will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. Family members joining in the simcha include his brothers Jacob and Benjamin and his sister Naomi. He is the grandson of Sol Margolis of Rockville and Rita Margolis z”l and Dolores… Read More

Meredith Schulhof

On Oct. 26, Meredith Schulhof became a bat mitzvah at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Joining in the celebration were her parents, Robyn and Marc Schulhof of Bethesda, brother Noah, grandparents Steve Chafetz and Linda and Stuart Schulhof. Her Holocaust twinning was Hana Leya Katc. For her mitzvah project, Meredith, a seventh-grader at North Bethesda… Read More

Collecting clothes

For her bat mitzvah project earlier this month, Merav Friedman held a clothing drive at Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, which yielded around 200 bags of clothes, shoes and coats that were shipped to local gemachs (loan societies) in Silver Spring and Baltimore. In the spirit of gemilut chasadim “acts of loving-kindness,” Friedman, a… Read More

Melissa and Sarah Albom

Melissa and Sarah Albom of Whangaparaoa, New Zealand, celebrated their bat mitzvahs July 20 at Congregation Ner Shalom in Woodbridge. The sisters are the daughters of Jeff and Rhonda Albom of Whangaparaoa, and the granddaughters of Paul and Sandy Sachs of Sun City West, Ariz., and Honey Meitckik of Delray Beach, Fla. Melissa, 15, and… Read More

Avi Benjamin Grant

Avi Benjamin Grant became a bar mitzvah Nov. 9 at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac. Joining in the celebration were his parents, Susan and Darryl Grant of Potomac, brother Jacob, and grandparents Murray and Trudy Grant of Silver Spring and Marilyn Feldman of New York, N.Y. For his mitzvah project, Avi participated in a three-mile… Read More

Caitlyn Sydney Greenspun

Caitlyn Sydney Greenspun became a bat mitzvah Jan. 4 at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville. Joining in the simcha were her parents, Carol and Michael Greenspun of Gaithersburg; her siblings Jordan, Bennett and Allie; her aunt and uncle, Minna Greenspun and Rob Pomeroy of Northbrook, Ill.; and her aunts Deborah (Loitman) Sanchez and Jane Loitman… Read More