North Shore Temple Emanuel
a Progressive Jewish Congregation
Over the past 18 months, Caleb Loewy has had the privilege to be a part of a wonderful NSTE B’nei Mitzvah class and has made some great friends. He has been supported by teachers Rabbi Nicole, Cantor Ted, Tony and Natali.
Caleb was born in Melbourne and spent his first three years there, before moving to Perth. At the age of six, Caleb moved to Sydney with his mum and dad and one-year-old sister.
Caleb attends Knox Grammar School and is in Year 8. His favourite subjects are Japanese, English and Technology. He loves to play baseball in summer and go snowboarding in the winter. Caleb is looking forward to sharing his special day with family and friends, many who have travelled from interstate.
"My name is Jacob Skurnik and I am celebrating my Bar Mitzvah.
I attend Fort Street High School in Petersham in Year 7. My favourite subjects are Maths and Music. I like Maths because it is a one-answer subject. My brain thinks very to-the-point and doesn’t think outside the box much, so a one-answer subject is perfect for me! I like Music because it is a creative subject where you experiment with different instruments and make different sounds.
I play baseball and soccer. When I feel like it, I read books, watch TV, go to the park and play tennis or kick a ball around with my brothers."
Zac is a kind, caring, articulate and curious young man who is a protective and loving big brother to Ben.
He is in year 7 at Masada College where his favourite subjects are science, maths & technology. He has been chosen as part of a group to submit an entry for a competition to code a NASA rocket.
Zac is passionate about playing rugby union, playing since he was 4 years old. Last year, his two teams (both Union and League) both won premiership medals. He is looking forward to a rugby union tour in Japan later this year. He enjoys sport, reading and coding, playing video games with his brother, camping with family & friends, and attending Netzer camps. He also enjoys playing the clarinet and is an accomplished chess player.
Zac says “I'm looking forward to my Bar Mitzvah and the chance to share with my family and friends all that I have learnt with my teacher Natali.”
Ryan is a fun, kind, sensitive, and caring 13-year-old who loves playing soccer. He has loved playing it since he was four years old and always looks forward to winter for that reason. Ryan also currently plays weekend basketball and has played baseball in the past. He loves to watch live baseball (especially in Toronto with his Grandpa).
Ryan attends Masada College, and his favourite subjects are History, Geography, English, and Science.
Ryan is looking forward to spending time with his Canadian family who are making a special journey over to Australia for this simcha, and celebrating with the family friends and relatives coming from the North and South Coast of NSW.
Hudson Copeland is in Year 8 at school where his favourite subjects are maths and music. He also loves solving rubik's cubes; winning the rubik cube competition for the junior school last year!
Hudson has been playing rugby union since he was 5 years old and really loves the sport. He also enjoys music and plays the tenor saxophone, piano, and ukulele. Last year, Hudson was in the school musical. He also enjoys playing video games with his friends and brother.
"I really look forward to my Bar Mitzvah this Saturday," says Hudson. "I would like to thank Natalie Smud for helping me with my Bar Mitzvah studies and my fellow peers for always supporting me when it gets tough. I have had great memories here and I will continue to love this place for it is my second home."
Zico was born in Sydney, but moved to Hong Kong with his family for a year when he was three. When the family returned, he started at Masada College where he stayed until Year 6 and was School Captain. He is currently in Year 8 at Barker College.
Zico’s greatest passions are his music and sports. He loves to play the piano and can often be heard practising on the piano in the shul hall after his Bar Mitzvah lessons. His favourite sport is Ice Hockey. He plays for Sydney Bears Ice Hockey Club as well as the NSW state team (as part of the gold medal winning team at the national championships in 2017) . He has also played two years running for the Australian U14 Ice Crocs team in both 2017 and 2018. Zico and his brother, Bodie, were both on the team this year and only returned from the 2018 international tournament in Quebec just two weeks ago.
As well as this, Zico loves snowboarding, basketball, reading, composing his own songs and taking his dog, Jagger, for walks.
Although many of Zico’s family could not be here today due to distance, he is delighted to welcome his grandparents, family and friends from England, Canada, Victoria and Queensland to his Bar Mitzvah.
Noah was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to Sydney with his parents at the age of 2½ .
Noah is a Year 8 student at St Ives High School and is a social, caring and compassionate young man who loves to make others laugh. Noah is a protective and loving big brother to Erin. He is passionate about Art, English and Soccer. He attended his first Nezter camp over the summer and looks forward to fostering the connections he made there.
Arthur attends Shore School where his passion lies in his English, Science, Latin and History studies. At school, he is involved in cricket, drama and the violin ensemble. He loves to ski, paddleboard and swim and is an avid reader and artist, with a sideline in illustrating and writing fantastical stories.
Family comes first for Arthur, and he is so excited that some of the UK contingent have made the trip to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.
He has gained a great deal from his Thursday Bar Mitzvah group lessons with Rabbi Nicole. He is indebted to his first Hebrew teacher, Or, who gave him the confidence and foundations to pursue this journey, and to his tutor, Adrienne, for seeing him through to his big day.
Nathan is excited to be having his Bar Mitzvah this week, after working closely throughout the year with his Grandpa, Leslie Stein, and teacher, Justin Green. Falling on Shabbat Chanukah, Nathan is already enjoying lighting the candles and having sufganiot in the days approaching Shabbat.
As a student in Year 7 at Killara High School, Nathan enjoys mathematics and sport. He’s a keen sportsman, playing representative cricket for North Shore Junior Cricket Association as a spin bowler, and plays soccer in the winter. Nathan also enjoys attending Netzer camps with his friends.
He is thrilled to be joined by his uncle, aunt and cousins from Israel, cncle and cousins from Melbourne, and cousin from New York, making this a wonderful family reunion.
Jonah is in Year 7 at Killara High School. His favourite subjects are English and...lunch!
Jonah’s favourite sports are tennis and soccer. He is currently involved in Netzer and is a regular participant in their camps.
Jonah has enjoyed the process of the Bar Mitzvah preparations. He is the eldest son of Yael and Jonathan Rottanburg.
Lucy is in Year 7 at Willoughby Girls. She has enjoyed settling into high school with friends from primary school and has made many new friends too.
Lucy has fun at school and her favourite subject is design and technology. She plays the piano and loves learning current pop songs, as well as playing some of the classics.
Over the time she spent at Meah, Lucy has made some close and hopefully life-long friendships. She is a very friendly and social person who loves talking and singing!
Lucy is very excited to become Bat Mitzvah at NSTE following in her Mum Cathy’s footsteps who had her Bat Mitzvah with Rabbi Lampert. Lucy has loved having Natali as her teacher and is looking forward to Saturday 2nd December!
Louie is very proud to be sharing his Bar Mitzvah with the congregation on the weekend of 25th November.
Louie was born in San Francisco, California. He has an elder sister, Eliyah, and a younger sister, Sadie. He is the filling in the sandwich! Louie moved to Sydney, with his family, when he was 5. As a little guy he loved to go fishing, play Wii and play team sports, in particular soccer and baseball.
Now, in year 7, Louie attends Masada Senior College. He enjoys school, his favourite subjects are Math, Geography and Art. He still loves playing sport, however he has expanded the sports that he plays – his favourites are soccer, tennis, basketball, trampolining and baseball.
Louie has always loved nature and animals. He has always been filled with curiosity about the world, the different countries and the animals that live in the world. As a family, we love to travel and explore different countries and we imagine that Louie will continue to travel and explore as he reaches adulthood.
Above all else, Louie loves being around his friends. He has always had an easy way with making friends and he treasures those who he calls friends. He enjoys meeting his friends at the ‘shops’, playing PS4 with them, playing sport with them and generally hanging out being silly. He is never more focused than when he is trying to organise to spend time with friends.
We are very proud of Louie for the work he has put into his Bar Mitzvah studies. We are excited to watch our little guy complete his Bar Mitzvah journey.
Gisele Horsfall is 12 years old attends Ravenswood School and is in Year 8.
She is multi-talented across her activities, and she enjoys playing guitar, performance dance, particularly Jazz and Ballet, and playing waterpolo and soccer.
Gisele loves animals and has three pets - Buddha and Tahlia , two x 11 year old Staffies and a six year old Bearded Dragon named Sunshine.
She spends time at the beach in summer and skiing in winter. She is adventurous in nature and up for any challenge.