Batmitzvah girls graduate at Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue
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Wednesday 31st July 2019

The Bat Mitzvah Club of Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue, Essex, has run monthly over the past year. Attended by 16 girls in Years 6 and 7, the programme was run by Rebbetzen Chaya B Goodwin and assisted by Abigail Preston. The girls learnt important knowledge about Judaism for their Batmitzvah, in a hands on way. They hosted a Friday night dinner in synagogue for their families, where they helped cook the food, set the table and gave divrei torah (words of Torah) at the meal. The meal focused on social action, which included a trip to a supermarket, led by GIFT Charity, where the girls shopped for food for families in need. Some other activities over the year included decorating Shabbat candlesticks, making soap for asylum seekers and celebrating Lag B'Omer with a Barbecue.

All of this culminated in a Graduation Ceremony at the synagogue, where the girls each lit a candle together with their mothers to thank them for bringing them to the age of Bat Mitzvah.Attendees were invited to enjoy dessert, whilst the girls made a craft with help from their family. At each session the girls gave tzedakah and the proceeds reached a total of £50.79, which has been donated to GIFT to help those in need.

Well done and Kol Hakavod to all the Batmitzvah girls!

Article by Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue.

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