Hello, I would like to introduce myself; I am Talia, and I was born and raised in Louisville. I am 12 years old, and a seventh grader at a private school. I have a 10-year-old sister who is in fifth grade at my school as well. I also have two older brothers, one who is 25 and the other who is 23. I am the first grandchild out of five on my dad’s side, and I am one out of nineteen on my mom’s side. My mom’s side of the family lives in another state, so I don’t see them that often.
I am Jewish and belong to a synagogue. For people in need, my family and I give Tzedaka, which means “money” in Hebrew, every Friday night to help people in need because in the Jewish community, giving back is one of the most important Mitzvahs – which means “good deeds” in Hebrew – you can do. I have been studying Hebrew for six years now, and have been studying for my Bat Mitzvah around that same time. A Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish ceremony where a child takes on a responsibility of Jewish ritual. Learning Hebrew is very challenging, but it is very important to me.
I go to a Jewish camp in the summer. This year, I met lots of great Jewish friends there and will be going back next summer. Every Friday night, my family and I, no matter who is over at our house, celebrate Shabbat by lighting candles, drinking grape juice and eating Challah. It brings us all together as a whole family.
The reason that I am writing this column is because I want to share about my Bat Mitzvah project, which is focused on organ donation. My initiative is called, “Talia’s Love for Life Project.”
I chose organ donation to be my project because my sister’s best friend is waiting on a list to get a new liver. I would really appreciate if you and your friends could support me in my project and keep reading my column for more details and to hear about real people in real situations who are waiting for an organ, or have received organs. My friends will also be a part in this column.
Thanks for reading!
Category: Talia’s Love 4 Life Project