Through a partnership with Coleman, Lotem Eilon has been serving as Israeli Shlicha at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, FL during the school year and has been on summer staff at Coleman (this summer will be Lotem’s 5th year on staff- 2nd year as a Unit Head). Lotem recently had the opportunity to become a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El. Below are her reflections on her journey.
Last Friday, during Temple Beth El of Boca Raton’s blue and white Shabbat, our Israel celebration, I had the opportunity to celebrate my Bat Mitzvah.
Yes, I am 25 (not 13), but I never had a Bat Mitzvah and after this journey, that has started four summers ago at URJ Camp Coleman and has continued in the past two years within the Temple Beth El community – I feel that I have found my own voice and my own place in the Jewish world.
Words can’t describe how moved I was during this Shabbat service. I was nervous and excited to celebrate this occasion with my temple community, but I did not expect the beautiful words and the warmest embrace and blessing (literally) that I got from Temple Beth El’s professional staff that have become my family. My deepest heartfelt gratitude to all of you! I am humbled and so honored to be a part of this incredible congregation.
As I said on my D’var Torah:
“This journey doesn’t end here. The Bat Mitzvah for me is not a conclusion of this journey, but a covenant between myself and the Jewish world and the Reform movement. A covenant is to never stop exploring, never stop learning and to pass the message along.”
All my love. <3