Zachary Weinberg becomes Bar Mitzvah
Shalom! My name is Zachary Weinberg, and I am a 7th grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. On September 14, 2019, I have the honor of being called to the Torah to become a Bar Mitzvah. It’s also an honor to be the first in my class to become a Bar Mitzvah at Beth Sholom, I can’t wait to support and cheer on my classmates.
At school, I really enjoy math, writing, and being with my friends. Outside of school, I enjoy gaming, running, swimming, reading and drawing.
I have a younger brother named Jacob, and loving parents, Sharon and Josh. My bar mitzvah is Shabbat Ki Teitzei. Parshat Ki Teitzei is interesting because we learn 67 mitzvot (I have chosen to talk about a moral issue raised in my parsha and what the process of writing a d’var torah taught me.)
I have learned two Haftorahs as we will read a second Haftorah that we missed during Rosh Chodesh. My interest in tech has led me to start volunteering at The Jewish Home helping residents with their tech needs.
Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah coincided with starting Middle School, both have required a lot of work and time management on my part. I’ve learned so much and even enjoyed myself along the way. I couldn’t have done it alone. I would like to thank my parents for giving me a Jewish home everyday, making me feel at home at Beth Sholom all these years, taking me to Israel for Passover, driving me to my lessons and always pushing me to get in some practice time. My amazing teachers at Brandeis who taught me Hebrew, all about Judaism, and gave me my first experiences with grade led tefillot, writing a d’var torah and reading from the Torah. Thank you Rabbi Ain and Rabbi Russell for helping me through the process of writing my Drash. My tutor Noa Bar, the religious school classes (and the pizza) were also key to for helping me learn everything I need to know on the day of my Bar Mitzvah. I would also like to thank my wonderful grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers and friends from near and far for supporting me and being here today to make this a very special simcha for me and my family.