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Meet Our B'nai Mitzvah Students



Dylan Stelling, June 6

My name is Dylan Stelling. I am a 7th grader at Pinkerton Middle School in Elk Grove. I play trombone. I’ve been in the school band since 4th grade. In my free time, I like to read, swim, play video games, and play and watch basketball.

For my mitzvah project, I collected new and old books. I gave the books to the children in a poor village in the Philippines where my mother was raised.


Gali Schwarz, June 13

Hi. My name is Gali Schwarz and I am a 7th grader at California Middle School. My bat mitzvah is on June 13, on what was supposed to be the first weekend of summer break.

I love nature! I like to hike and go on camping and backpacking trips. I love the beach, especially in Israel.

I did two mitzvah projects last year. Along with my friends I created activities for campers at Camp Nefesh, one of which was having the campers make beaded bracelets. I enjoyed working with the campers and made fun connections with them. Later in the summer I joined a group of local child developmental therapists with BRIGHT (Bringing Resources to Inspire Growth, Healing, and Transformation) Children International, who volunteered at a special education preschool in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Bosnia I was able to provide fun activities for the kids and gave them the bracelets that the Camp Nefesh campers made for them.

Hope to see you virtually at my bat mitzvah.

Read the Schwarz family's blog about their trip to Bosnia:  


Cayla Groveman, August 8

Hi, my name is Cayla Groveman and I’ll be an 8th grader at Harper Junior High School in Davis. My bat mitzvah is on August 8. A few of my favorite things to do are acting, playing music, baking, softball, swimming, reading, and hanging out with my friends.

For my mitzvah project, I am sewing custom-made mini tallitot that can be used for dolls, pets, and toys. Each tallit takes a little over an hour to make. All money raised will be donated to the Front Street Animal Shelter. I regularly post pictures and information about my project on the CBI Doing Jewish Faceook page. Please watch my video to learn more about my mitzvah project: Email me with questions or to place your order at

Please help me celebrate my special day by joining me on August 8!

Romi de Vries, August 15

Hi, my name is Romi de Vries. I'm a 7th grader at Folsom Middle School in Folsom. 

I love spending time with my family and hanging out with my friends. I spend my free time watching anime, drawing, and creating and editing short videos. I also play the guitar, and I do ballet and acrobatics.

When I was three years old I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Celiac is a genetic immune disease in which people can't eat gluten because it damages their small intestine. The disease prevents the body from absorbing nutrients, which affects growth and development. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, which is why I can eat only gluten-free food and must be careful to not get contaminated with gluten, or I will be very sick. This disease is also the reason why I am so short.

For my mitzvah project I plan to raise money and donate it to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Please watch for my announcements on fun and creative ways our community can support me with my mitzvah project.


Lilah Grossman, August 22

Hi, my name is Lilah Grossman. I am an 8th grader at Westlake Charter School. My hobbies include reading, playing with chickens, and being outside.

For my mitzvah project, I will be helping homeless teens during quarantine by supplying food. I am helping with “meal train for Wind Youth Services.” This program feeds about 50 kids, ranging from 14 to about 20 years old. Wind Youth Services serves homeless and runaway kids in Sacramento

Mia Kaufman, August 29

Hi, my name is Mia Kaufman and I am a 7th grader (soon to be 8th grader) at California Middle School. Some of my favorite hobbies to do outside of school are soccer, tennis, swim team, chalk art, and other arts and crafts.

My Torah portion is Ki Teitzei. Its focus is to state that “you must not remain indifferent.” So for my mitzvah project I chose to not remain indifferent. I decided to make thank you baskets for healthcare workers. During coronavirus I have been especially appreciative of them, as I have a nurse and a doctor living on my street. Unfortunately it’s been busier than ever and I haven’t been able to get all of the supplies ready to send them the baskets. We are mainly looking for easy snack food items that healthcare workers can take on the go, for example, little bags of candy, coffee beans, granola bars, and more. You can choose to not remain indifferent, too, by donating to this cause. If you are interested please email me at! (Unfortunately, they are not accepting any homemade items, so all donations need to be individually pre-prepackaged.)

Thanks so much for all of the support!

Sun, July 5 2020 13 Tammuz 5780