Emilia Sorrentino May 18th 2024

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Emilia is an 8th grader at Trevor Day School in Manhattan. She lives in Washington Heights with her mom, dad, brothers Nick and Luca, and dog Ziggy. Emilia loves music – both listening and playing (piano and guitar), and going to concerts. She also draws and paints and loves to travel. 

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Isaac Ross  March 23rd, 2024

Isaac Ross is a seventh grader at PS-IS 187. He was born in Northampton, MA and moved to Washington Heights when he was 2. He’s an avid reader, gamer, ping pong player, and Rubik’s Cuber. He enjoys spending time with his parents, big brother Leo, and treasured feline siblings, Tom and Fuzzy. He joined Hebrew Tabernacle Hebrew School in fifth grade. Isaac is a musician who loves playing guitar and singing. For his mitzvah project, he is performing at senior centers in and around the neighborhood. He’s grateful to his excellent Hebrew teacher Susan Gellert, his wonderful Bar Mitzvah tutor Susan Edelstein, Rabbi Paula, Shelly, and the whole HT community.

Annika Helen Epstein is an intelligent, kind and unique child whose wit and free spirit will serve her well on her journey into adulthood.

She is a life-long Washington Heights native who lives with her mother Ulrika, father Ben and nine-year-old sister Eliana.  Annika can also be found on the Upper West Side, attending the eighth grade at West Prep Academy and spending time with her grandparents.

Wherever she is, Annika’s life is shaped by her innate creativity.  As a multimedia artist and budding entrepreneur, she conceptualizes, shoots and edits content for her own successful YouTube channel.  She has used the platform to show off her own creations, an interest that began in the first grade as a doll clothing business.  This passion is continuing with the adult sized garments and accessories she makes as part of a program in the garment district.   

Annika likes to have a good time, which often means meeting her friends for a walk and a boba, or listening to Harry Styles and his former bandmates.  She is unabashedly one of the most dedicated One Direction fans in all of Manhattan. 

Yet with all this going on, Annika has found the time to studiously prepare for her Bat Mitzvah.  In addition to learning the Torah and prayers, she has deepened her connection to her Jewish identity–something that holds great importance to her. 

She has proven a quick and eager study under the tutelage of the thoughtful and talented Susan Edelstein—an incredible guide, to whom Annika and her entire family are extremely grateful. Annika has also had the unique pleasure of receiving supplemental Bat Mitzvah lessons from her Sabba. 

Annika and her family are very grateful to Rabbi Paula, Desma, Shelly, Loren, and the entire Hebrew Tabernacle community where she has attended Hebrew School since the fourth grade.  Annika has begun to give back to the community this year as part of her Mitzvah project.  While volunteering with the youngest Hebrew School students she has discovered that she loves working with children.  She hopes to continue to explore this newfound calling while continuing to enjoy a place in the Hebrew Tabernacle community.

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Annika Helen Epstein  January 6, 2024


Harrison Slomko November 18, 2023


Harrison Slomko is an eighth grader who attends PSIS 187 Hudson Cliffs. Harrison is very excited to have his Bar Mitzvah.  Harrison is a very sweet, enthusiastic, gregarious boy who loves life. He loves to laugh and to engage in conversation with anyone. He has been giving back to the community for years as he gives food to the homeless. He enjoys school and is very active in sports including baseball, swim, and track.


Marlowe Trimble September 9 2023

Marlowe Trimble is an 8 th grader at PS/IS187. She grew up in the neighborhood of Washington Heights with her older sister Delancey and her mom and dad and their two cats – Hollis & Jamaica. Marlowe spends her time reading, painting, and enjoys bike riding. For her bat mitzvah project she collected donations of old towels and sheets for the Berkshire Animal Hospital. She would like to thank her tutor Eve Millstein, Rabbi Paula, Shelly, and Loren for helping prepare her for her bat-mitzvah.


Sylvie Scherer June 17 2023

Sylvie Scherer is in 7th grade at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS). She plays violin with the ISO at Third Street Concert Orchestra and recently acted in a school production of Once on this Island. Sylvie enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her friends. She is a loving big sister to Lena and Daniel. Sylvie has been attending Hebrew Tabernacle Hebrew school since the Aleph class. She is grateful to her Hebrew school teachers, Rabbi Paula, Shelly, and her tutor Eve Millstein for their support in helping her prepare for her bat mitzvah. For her mitzvah project, she worked with Dos Puentes, her elementary school, on a clothing and supplies drive for asylum-seeking families who have recently joined the school community. Sylvie is a lifelong resident of Washington Heights and loves living in New York City.

Aaron Ko May 13, 2023

Aaron is in 7 th grade at The School at Columbia. His favorite subjects are math and science, but he is an avid reader as well. Outside of school, Aaron is a member of the Condors swim team in Westchester, and he also is an excellent guitarist and downhill skier. He was born in Chelsea, grew up on the Upper West Side, and moved here to Hudson Heights in 2020. Since moving here, he attended Hebrew Tabernacle Hebrew School, where he was lucky enough to study with Rabbi Ben Dyme. He also was fortunate to be introduced to Susan Gellert-Gershonowitz for additional Hebrew lessons, and she has remained an incredible mentor and friend. In addition to Susan, Aaron is grateful to Rabbi Paula, Shelly, and Susan Edelstein, his extraordinary Bar Mitzvah tutor.
Aaron is big brother to 10-year-old Jordan, and 4-legged Picasso. He adores burgers, sushi, and dumplings. He is smart, funny, and caring. He loves to make people laugh, and to help anyone in need. We are so proud of him and look forward to celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at Hebrew Tabernacle.

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Samuel Maurice Sesquin May 6, 2023

Born May 1, 2010, in NYC, Samuel Maurice Sesquin is named after his paternal grandfather, Maurice Sesquin.

Sam loves soccer, cats, video games, spicy food, playing the saxophone, and summer camp. He enjoys spending time in the Catskills with his parents, Stéphane and Mandy, and his younger brother, Jonah. He also loves visiting his family in France, where he indulges in cheese, and western New York, where wings are the things.

Sam joined his many friends at the Hebrew Tabernacle Hebrew School during sixth grade. He is grateful to our neighbor Susan Gellert, for helping him learn to read Hebrew, and his tutor, Susan Edelstein, who guided him so patiently through his Bar Mitzvah preparation. For his mitzvah project, he spent many Sundays volunteering with the residents at the YMHA of Washington Heights.

He is looking forward to sharing this important milestone with the HT community, friends and family from all over the world.

Boaz Garelik March 11, 2023

Boaz is in 7th grade at TAG Young Scholars, where he is on the student council, plays basketball during every recess, and has never once eaten school lunch. He spent his first ten years in Washington Heights, playing in Bennett Park, getting chips from the deli, and living on Fresco’s pizza. He moved to Riverdale in 5th grade, where he now dines frequently at Palace of Japan and stocks up on 2 for $3 candy at Walgreens.
Boaz is big brother to Lior, his greatest fan and also frequent sparring partner. Boaz loves playing basketball, is a huge Giannis Antetokounmpo fan, and lives on his X Box.
Boaz has been coming to the Hebrew Tabernacle since Tot Shabbat as a two year old. He started Hebrew School in Kindergarten, and is grateful to Shelly, Rabbi Paula, his Bar Mitzvah tutor Eve, his teachers and many friends.
Boaz is a huge lover of life. People gravitate towards his amazing sense of humor, his kindness, and his joy. We are so proud to watch him become a Bar Mitzvah and to be a part of the wonderful Hebrew Tabernacle community.


Elijah Snyder January 14 10 AM

Elijah David Snyder is in 7th grade at Kinneret Day School. Elijah was born and raised in Washington Heights and loves exploring the neighborhood, especially the local bodegas. Elijah has recently taken up fencing, and is looking forward to entering competitions in the not too distant future. He is also an avid reader of all genres, and has recently been reading about World War II. Elijah has been attending Hebrew Tabernacle since he was an infant and has been enrolled at the Hebrew School since Kindergarten. Shelly and the teachers have sparked a love and curiosity for the Jewish religion and traditions that we are very grateful for! We are also thankful to Rabbi Paula and her daughter Eve for getting Elijah ready to become a Bar Mitzvah. Elijah is a loving older brother to Jordan. His parents and brother are so proud of our funny, kind, curious, and generous young man!
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Jamie Authers November 12

Jamie Paul Silver Authers is in 8th grade at Columbia Secondary School, where he loves learning history. He is a sponge, a mad reader, a comedian and a lover of life. He has a keen sense of justice and stopped eating meat at age 7. If there’s anything Jamie likes more than good vegetarian food, it’s rhapsodizing about good vegetarian food. Jamie was born in Washington Heights, a pet baby brother to Andie and Josie, and he strives to outdo his sisters on all fronts. He first came to Hebrew Tabernacle when he was three weeks old. From 1 to 5, Jamie lived in London and spoke in cockney, spending lots of time with grandparents and aunts and uncles and with fabulous au pairs from Mexico, Columbia and Spain. He was so mad about having to move away from London that he vowed to root against all New York sports teams. He now uses the term “we” to talk about the Red Sox. Jamie soon came to love The Heights, starting with kindergarten at PS 187. He still plays in the schoolyard, where he’s known as BagelGuy, with friends who have also adopted nicknames of their favorite breads. If there’s anything that Jamie loves more than playing baseball with the loaves, it’s running in Ft Tryon Park. Or swimming at Lake Welch. Or perhaps playing rugby at school. Or maybe ultimate frisbee at Camp Galil. Or watching any sport with his Dad, spewing his best Manhattan-ese.

Lucas Nickelsburg September 10 at 10 AM

Lucas is beginning 8th grade at Hunter College High School. He is a big brother to Dylan, and we will soon be enlisting him in the care of Wes – a puggle rescue joining our family in August. Lucas joined Hebrew Tabernacle as a sixth grader, remotely during the pandemic. We are all so grateful to everybody at Hebrew Tabernacle for helping us get Lucas to the bima for his bar mitzvah, especially Susan Gellert, Sheldon Koy, Rabbi Paula and her daughter Eve. There’s never a dull moment with Lucas. Lucas genuinely loves everything the city has to offer, and loves to plan walks to new neighborhoods with his dad. Although he’s probably happiest outdoors hiking, whether that’s the trails of Inwood Hill Park or the national parks when we’re lucky enough to visit with friends and family. On any given day, you can probably find Lucas with his nose in a book or deep into a movie on the weekends. He plays piano beautifully, and seems particularly drawn to classical and jazz. Lately, Lucas has been teaching himself guitar as well. Lucas is also a skilled baker! If your timing is right, you might find yourself on the receiving end of brownies, cookies or cinnamon buns. We’re so proud to be Lucas’ parents, and excited to celebrate this special occasion in September!
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Josie Levin June 18th at 10 AM

Hello! My name is Josie. I use they/them pronouns. I love to create art with all sorts of mediums. I am a seventh grader at The Center School. I am the editor-in-chief of my school paper. I like playing video games, singing, and gardening. I want to be a forest ranger when I grow up. For the last five years I have gone to Crane Lake Camp. It is a Jewish sports camp. I learned a lot about Jewish values and stories. My favorite activity is going to the lake. I love to swim and go tubing whenever I am there. This year I will be going to a new camp that has a farm. It’s called Eden Village and I am looking forward to it. For my B’nei Mitzvah project I have been tutoring fifth graders with IEPs. I work with them four times a week. I play the shofar with the Shofarellas. The Shofarellas are the shofar choir at Hebrew Tabernacle. I have been going to Hebrew school for eight whole years now! I am super excited to become a B’nei Mitzvah!

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