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August 25, 2017  RSS feed
Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

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Twins connect to Israel through mitzvah project

Wine from Israel Kishorit Vienyard. Kishorit, a non-profit that assists special needs individuals, received a $2,500 donation from the Feldman B’not Mitzvah. Wine from Israel Kishorit Vienyard. Kishorit, a non-profit that assists special needs individuals, received a $2,500 donation from the Feldman B’not Mitzvah. When Natalie Feldman began planning the B’not Mitzvah with her twin daughters, Peyton and Landry, she knew she wanted them to do something special for their mitzvah project.

It was important for Feldman that the girls worked on a project that was helpful to Israel. She and her fiancé, Dr. Douglas Weiland, wanted the girls to do something that tied them to the Jewish homeland.

“I wanted to do something locally and something in Israel,” said Feldman. “Partly because I wanted the girls to have connectivity to Israel when they go one day. Israel is a place on a map and a place we talk about, but they don’t really know what its about. I wanted them to have something they already know and identify Israel with.”

After doing an Internet search and researching the company to make sure they were legitimate, Feldman found their Israeli cause in Kishorit, an agency that provides services for special needs adults through a variety of services including nursing care, vocational training and employment opportunities.

Peyton and Landry planned to hold a mah jongg tournament to raise funds for a donation to Kishorit. Unfortunately, the mah jongg tournament proved too difficult to schedule with so many tournaments already happening locally.

So the girls changed gears and asked for donations in lieu of gifts. The invitation asked friends and family to make a donation either to Temple Ahavat Shalom or Kishorit, directing them to the websites. Feldman said they did not want to know how much each person donated, but wanted to be able to get a list of donors so the girls could personally thank each donor.

The Friends of Kishoret organization told Feldman that about $2,500 was donated in her twins’ honor.

The family also found a way to make Kishorit part of the actual B’not Mitzvah celebration at the Palm Harbor temple.

Among the many businesses the organization runs in conjunction with its outreach to special needs individuals, is a vineyard and winery, which annually bottles 56,000 bottles of wine. Some of that wine was served during the party.

Feldman said she was also inspired to create items that would be helpful for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and donate the profits for them to the Kishorit.

When the girls visit Israel one day, they will be able to say they helped the Kishorit and feel an attachment to it already, said Feldman.


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