Celebrating B’nai Mitzvah

Noah & Gabriel Ribakove B’nai Mitzvah – May 5th

Noah and Gabriel Ribakove are fraternal twins who were born in Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2005. In February 2016, the boys moved to Knoxville, TN with their father, Dr. Everett Ribakove, and their step-mother, Christine Ribakove. Also living with them are their dogs, Maxwell, a Great Pyrenees, and Bella, a German Shepard.

Noah is a 6th grader at West Valley Middle School and previously attended Charlotte Jewish Day School then North Shore Elementary. Because of his Jewish Day School experience, Noah is fluent at reading Hebrew and blowing the Shofar on the High Holidays. Gabriel, who is autistic but high functioning, is mainstreamed as 5th Grader at North Shore Elementary School. The boys are active in Boy Scouts where they enjoy camping. They also enjoy golf, movies, traveling, air hockey and pool. Noah has also participated in the swim team at Gettysview Country Club and has also taken sailing lessons. Gabriel loves animals and also enjoys horseback riding.  

The boys attend Temple-Beth El Religious School and are hard at work preparing for their Bar-Mitzvah on May 5th 2018.

Grace Margulies Bat Mitzvah – May 12

Grace Rebecca Garcia Margulies will become a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 10:30 AM at Temple Beth El. Grace has been part of the Temple Beth El family since 2006 and has been a student in the Temple Beth El Religious School since she was a wee little girl.

Grace is currently an Honors student in the 7th Grade at Farragut Middle School, where she runs Cross Country and performs in the Winter Guard. Grace is an avid reader and a fervent Harry Potter fan. She enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling with her parents and three older siblings. Grace has recently acquired her first pet, Doug, who is a fun loving, energetic little creature. Grace’s Bat Mitzvah project is to feed the homeless in many of the shelters in the Knoxville area. She is preparing several centerpieces that will be a basket of food to feed a family of four for a full day.

Grace’s Torah portion comes from B’chukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34), in which Moses informs the Israelites what good will happen when they follow God’s laws (chukotai) and what tragedies will befall them if they do not follow His laws. We invite the whole community to pray with us as Grace blesses the reading of the Torah, chants the parsha and shares with us the wisdom that she has gained from study. We thank Tory Frankel for helping Grace learn to read the Torah, and we thank Norma James for teaching Grace to chant the Torah. We are grateful to be part of the Jewish community of Knoxville and we invite you and your family to join us immediately following services for a Kiddush luncheon in Grace’s honor.

Aaron Shagan Bar Mitzvah – June 9th

Aaron Shagan are fraternal twins who were born in Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2005. In February 2016, the boys moved to Knoxville, TN with their father, Dr. Everett Ribakove, and their step-mother, Christine Ribakove. Also living with them are their dogs, Maxwell, a Great Pyrenees, and Bella, a German Shepard.

Noah is a 6th grader at West Valley Middle School and previously attended Charlotte Jewish Day School then North Shore Elementary. Because of his Jewish Day School experience, Noah is fluent at reading Hebrew and blowing the Shofar on the High Holidays. Gabriel, who is autistic but high functioning, is mainstreamed as 5th Grader at North Shore Elementary School. The boys are active in Boy Scouts where they enjoy camping. They also enjoy golf, movies, traveling, air hockey and pool. Noah has also participated in the swim team at Gettysview Country Club and has also taken sailing lessons. Gabriel loves animals and also enjoys horseback riding.  

The boys attend Temple-Beth El Religious School and are hard at work preparing for their Bar-Mitzvah on May 5th 2018.