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Mazel Tov! B'nai Mitzvah at PJTC

Three B'nai Mitzvah!


Dina Zangwill                                                

Dina Mesa Zangwill will be called to the Torah to become a Bat Mitzvah on May 8, 2021. She is the daughter of Daphna and Ken Zangwill and the younger sister of Liana Zangwill. Dina is in the 7th grade at South Pasadena Middle School. For a very long time her world has been filled with musical theater, tap, baking, flute and piano playing (the latter is more “fun”), tennis, and reading everything in sight. Her favorite school subjects are math and science.   

For her mitzvah project, Dina chose to share her love of baking with those less fortunate. She visited The Women’s Room at Friends in Deed on a monthly basis to provide a batch of baked goods for the homeless ladies who go there as a respite from their difficult daily lives. The Women’s Room allows them to shower, do laundry, eat a healthy meal, nap in a safe environment, and take care of other basic necessities. But more than that, it helps rejuvenate their soul through arts and crafts and other recreational activities. Friends in Deed helps the homeless and food insecure community in so many ways. Please see for more information.


Emmet Mendel

Emett Levin Mendel, son of Shana Levin and Peter Mendel and brother of Ellie Mendel, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on May 22, 2021. He is in 8th grade at South Pasadena Middle School. Emett attended B’nai Simcha Jewish Community Preschool and Weizmann Day School, then spent his first grade year in Israel. There he learned Hebrew, joined his first soccer team, and helped take care of the family’s adopted dog Pepsi.  

Emett enjoys soccer, tennis, cooking, coding, and the family's mini Goldendoodle Bowie. Right before COVID hit, his math team group won first place at the local Mark Keppel Math Field Day and his soccer team won the AYSO EXTRA Section 1 Championship (Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas) and was invited to the Western States Championship.   

For his mitzvah project, Emett assisted one of his elementary school teachers with her first grade class. He prepared work for her students, helped grade completed work, and organized classroom materials.


Rose Vandevelde

Rose Batya Vandevelde, daughter of Karen Tamis and Eric, Vandevelde, will be called to the Torah on May 29.  She is the oldest of three siblings and attends 7th grade at South Pasadena Middle School. She loves sports, especially soccer, which she has played since she was 5. She also enjoys reading, surfing, exploring the outdoors and watching movies.

Her bat mitzvah project is creating kits for the homeless. Each kit includes supplies like masks, granola bars, hand sanitizer, combs, and shampoo. She is well on her way to 50 kits and will deliver them soon. She has become a pandemic baker and excellent surprise birthday planner for her younger brother and sister!

Wed, June 23 2021 13 Tammuz 5781