Ella Sturm's Bat Mitzvah on December 8

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Hi! I am Ella Sturm and I am in 7th Grade at San Francisco Day School. At school I enjoy art, playing trumpet and learning about history. For the past few years I have been a part of First Lego League (Robotics) and it has given me a great perspective on teamwork and competition. I like space, especially Mars, and would love to be an astronaut one day. Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with friends and watching TV, going to Giants games with my dad, traveling East with my mom, and spending time with my brother, Toby. I also like boxing and playing baseball.    

Over the last few years, I have been preparing for my Bat Mitzvah by attending Shabbat School. I have learned a lot from my preparation including time management, prioritizing things that need to get done (even if they are not what I want to do), and that Judaism and this community welcome hard questions. And I ask some hard questions. My Torah portion, Miketz, tells the story of Joseph and the highs and lows of being part of a family and community.  I drew some connections to my relationship with my brother and my family. I also related to how far Joseph came from being a slave at the bottom of a pit to being the second in command to Pharaoh.  

I want to thank Rabbi Ain, who took time to help me with my speech and pushed the boundaries of my assumptions and perceptions. I also would like to thank my tutors Noa Bar and Stuart Blecher, who, after a rough beginning, helped me to learn my Torah portion and prepare for my Bat Mitzvah. Finally, I would like to thank my parents for everything they do to support me and for giving me room to grow.