Celebrating B’nai Mitzvah

Alex Feldblum to Celebrate Bar Mitzvah June 8

Alexander Oran Feldblum will be called to the Torah on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 AM at Temple Beth El. Rabbi Erin Boxt will officiate. The weekend will begin with Shabbat service on Friday, June 7th at 6:00 PM. An Oneg Shabbat will be hosted by the Feldblum family.

Alex is the son of Al and Gina Feldblum and brother to Zoe. Alex is very appreciative for the assistance and support of Ms. Norma James and Ms. Deborah Roberts.

As a current 7th grader at the Karns Middle School, Alex enjoys all his classes, especially math. Alex was a peer tutor this year with the CDC students at school.

Alex has participated in Tae Kwon Do at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts in West Knoxville since 1st grade. He has earned a 2nd degree level 1 black belt. He medaled in both Forms and Sparring at the 2018 National and World tournaments, as well as gold medals in Forms, Sparring and a silver medal in Board Breaking at the Fall 2018 District tournament. He has become part of the Tiger-Rock instructor team and helps younger Tiger-Rock students as they progress one step closer to a black belt.

For his Mitzah Project, Alex helped establish the Tiger-Rock Beautification Team. The team meets periodically and picks up trash around the shopping center where Tiger Rock is located. Alex and the team find their service enhances and strengthens the Tiger Rock community and the overall community as well.

Alex is extremely excited to welcome friends and family to his Bar Mitzvah weekend!

Thomas Theriot will be called to the Torah on Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00am at Temple Beth El.

Thomas is the son of Emily and Matthew Theriot and the brother to Grace and Lucy. He is the grandson of Castine and the late Tom Theriot of Kingwood, TX and Becky and Hollis Rankin of Edinburg, TX.

Thomas is an honors student at Bearden Middle School on the verge of starting his 8th grade year.  He is a Harry Potter Club officer, a Student Council member, and a recently-inducted member of the National Junior Honor Society.  Thomas has been taking drum lessons for over three years and has been an active member of the Bearden Middle School Band’s percussion section, Jazz Band, and Drumline.  His love of playing music and his desire for others to find this joy inspired him to start the BMS Crescendo Project to help strengthen the band program.  Through these efforts, he is helping the band teachers inventory and organize the instruments, helping find replacements for some of the old instruments, and participating in grant applications to try to raise funds to supplement their efforts.  Thomas also loves spending time with family and friends, playing and developing video games, and having in-depth conversations about history, pop culture, and current events.  

Thomas began his Jewish education at the AJCC Preschool before graduating to Religious School at Temple Beth El.  We truly appreciate everyone who has helped Thomas prepare for this day and are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone with our community.   

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