On Saturday, November 7th, 2020 (20 Cheshvan 5781), Ash Goldstein-O’Rourke will be called to the Torah as a Bet Mitzvah at Congregation Nevei Kodesh. Julie Goldstein proudly invites the community to attend as Ash will be leading and reading from Parashat Vayera.
Ash began their mitzvah project at Attention Homes, creating a format for homeless youth to tell their stories. They continued their mitzvah work through an internship opportunity with Girl Rising this past summer. Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to promote gender equity. Ash spent last summer vetting stories, fundraising, and planning for the International Day of the Girl Child Summit, which recently occurred on October 10th. Ash plans to continue working with Girl Rising and also hopefully to eventually create an art installation using the stories collected from Attention Homes. Donations from their Bet Mitzvah will go to both organizations.
Services start at 10:00 am; for livestream link, click here.
Editor’s Note: Lior Gross and Eyal Rivlin launched the Nonbinary Hebrew Project which has suggested Bet Mitzvah as the best way to describe a gender non-binary coming of age.