12 is a well-known number in Judaism. It’s the 12 tribes, 12 stones of the choshen, 12 loaves of Lechem Hapanim. But most of all, is the age at which we experience the transition of a young girl into a woman, and focus on the importance of Jewish women.
How appropriate then when a shul celebrates 12 years of success, for the Ezras Noshim to gather for the celebration – especially, when you are the Ezras Noshim of the only Shul for the Kids – by the Kids!
The special thing about Kol Yakov Yehuda, The Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners, which is under the auspices of Cong. Levi Yitzchock in Hancock Park, is the emphasis put on the children, empowering them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Through jobs in Shul on Shabbos, elections, programs throughout the year and more, the members are encouraged and strengthened in their own capabilities.
This event was no different. The 8th grade girls from our Ezras Noshim got together to plan the spectacular Bas Mitzvah Celebration, both to celebrate the 12 years of success KYY has had, and to honor the girls who come to shul Shabbos in and Shabbos out. To share this honor was the mothers of our girls – the role models of our generation.
At 5:45 p.m, The home of Rabbi and Mrs. Mendel Greenbaum, was definitely the place to be.
Girls and moms alike, dressed in beautiful formal wear, started piling into the backyard with round tables were carefully decorated with exquisite center pieces, color coordinating candles and adorned with napkins in the shapes of bows. To start off the evening was a fun and spunky photo booth, where mothers and daughters got to let loose a bit and have a great time – dressing up and posing for the camera. As the picture printed on the spot, the girls decorated their very own frames to bring the memorable pictures home in, all while enjoying delicious hot French onion soup.
Then the mother-and-daughter duos got treated to a special milchig banquet. Steaming lasagnas, an extensive salad bar, garlic knots and fries were some of the delectable items on the menu. Delicious cupcakes and colorful gumballs made for a great dessert. During the program, the girls had a chance to inspire and be inspired. The Schapiro girls – Chanchy, Rochie and Gnesha moved participants with their Dvar Torah about Davening and the importance of KYY.
Rabbi Mendel Duchman, founder and director of Kol Yakov Yehuda, took the crowd back to the beginning – explaining how and why KYY was established 12 years ago. He expressed his gratitude to Hashem and the Rebbe for their continued growth and opportunity to reach the Unzere Kinder of Southern California.
Being that the mother-daughter celebration was on Mother’s Day, Mushky Weiner and Ariela Chana Butel read a beautiful poem written in tribute to the mothers, which they wrote themselves. To end the incredible evening, a beautiful choir (performed by Ariela Chana Butel, Chanchie Schapiro, Devorah Leah Bart, Hindi Lerner, Mimi Ravnoy, Rochel Leah Schusterman, Leeba Farkash and Chaya Spalter) sang into the night, inspiring through song about how KYY empowers them to be leaders and we know we will be on the front lines to bring Moshiach, since it’s “gonna be the little kinderlach!”
“I am so amazed at what you can accomplish and how KYY builds up these young girls with so much warmth and sense of mission,” says one KYY parent. “May Hashem bless you with much continued revealed goodness in your life and much Hatzlocha in all your future endeavors!”
Each aspect was designed and created by the 8th graders – and a special hakaras hatov goes to the girls for their hard work! Chanale Spalter, Mussy Schapiro, Geny Farkash, Mushka Fisch and Mushky Raeburn – what an incredible job!
Thank you all the mothers and girls of the Ezras Noshim for coming out to celebrate 12 years of an incredible moisod and community!
The Event co-ordinator was Mrs. Srula Chaiton, Youth and program director of KYY Ezras Noshim.