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B'nai Mitzvah - January

Mazel tov to the families of Dashiell Paper, Nora Carrier, and Charlie Bernstein on their upcoming January B'nai Mitzvah!


Dashiell Paper

Dashiell Paper will be called to the Torah as a a Bar Mitzvah on January 8,  2022. .Dashiell currently attends La Canada High School as an eighth grader. He has also attended Weizmann Day School and Louis B. Silver Religious School.  He was in the Kitah Zayin class of 2019-20. 


Dashiell’s Jewish education has taught him that part of becoming a Jewish adult is taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. In his bar mitzvah year, Dashiell initiated a personal mitzvah project by bringing to the Altadena Little League Challenger program his love for and skill at baseball. Each week, Dashiell’s enthusiasm, empathy, encouragement, and patience as a volunteer assistant coach inspired and guided individuals with physical and intellectual challenges toward their personal best as baseball players, helping deliver greater joy and meaning to their lives.


Nora Carrier

     Nora Carrier, daughter of Kara and Rabbi John Carrier, will become a Bat Mitzvah at PJTC on January 22, 2022. She is in the seventh grade at John Muir Middle School in Burbank, and enjoys reading and books.

    Because of her love of reading, Nora’s Bat Mitzvah project is to contribute reading material to incarcerated individuals without access to books. To do this, she asks congregation members to contribute to the Prisoners’ Literature Project ( by purchasing a book on their Amazon wishlist.

    We all look forward to celebrating Nora’s journey into adulthood with the PJTC community and family members across the country.



Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is a 7th grader at Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta. When he’s not skateboarding or wrestling, he can be found at the Karate Dojo where he has studied for almost 6 years. Charlie enjoys math and has a mind like a calculator. Charlie is a real people person and makes conversation with ease and his genuine smile. Charlie had success in sales when he earned first place for selling popcorn as a Boy Scout. He loves a good discussion and appreciates persuasive argument. Charlie enjoys trying new foods, and is proficient in the kitchen when he decides he’s hungry. He finds joy in challenging himself to eat increasingly hot chilis. Music is very important to him. His favorite concerts were Elton John, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, and Alec Benjamin. He has seen Hamilton twice and can sing the entire soundtrack! Since he was 10, he enjoyed spending 2 weeks each summer at Camp JCA Shalom and looks forward to returning again this summer. Throughout his school years, Charlie is known for his quick wit, strong point of view, and has been consistently recognized for his compassion and kindness. As he moves forward with a mitzvah project of his own design, he will focus his efforts on spending time and making conversations with those who have felt loss and/or loneliness throughout the Covid pandemic.


Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782