B'Nai Mitzvah August 2023

Molly Lichtenstein


Molly Lichtenstein will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, at Congregation Micah. Molly is the child of Jimmy and Karen Lichtenstein, the sibling of Samantha Lichtenstein, and the grandchild of Harriet Spirer of Naples, Fla., and Murray and Sharon Lichtenstein of Spring, Texas.

A rising seventh grader at Page Middle School, Molly enjoys playing Lacrosse and hanging out with her friends. Molly has taken time to work with the Williamson County Animal Center as her Mitzvah Project, with the goal of improving the lives of animals through adoption, education, enforcement and pet population control.


Samantha Margolis

Samantha Margolis will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, at Congregation Micah. Sam is the child of Jeff and Rachel Margolis, the sibling of Adam and Erin Margolis, and the grandchild of Robert and Temmie Margolis of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lloyd and Lynn Springmann of Mandeville, La.

A rising seventh grader at Woodland Middle School, Sam enjoys playing the piano, drawing, and mathematics.

Eli Cheng

Eli Wai-Dak Cheng will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, at West End Synagogue. Isaac is the son of Jenny and Edward Cheng of Nashville and the younger brother of Isaac and Aaron Cheng. He is the grandson of Ethel and Peter Diamond of Nashville and of Emy and Stanley Cheng of Wayne, N.J.

Eli is in the seventh grade and is homeschooled. He is also a part-time student at the Jewish Middle School of Nashville. Eli plays the cello and loves swimming, basketball and cooking.


Charles Kearns

Charles (Mack) Kearns will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at 10;30 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, at Congregation Micah. Mack is the child of Sara Kantrow and Daniel Kearns, the sibling of Harry and Baker Kearns, and the grandchild of Lee and Gretchen Kantrow of Baton Rouge, La., and Barbara Kearns of Wynnewood, Pa..

A rising seventh grader at MBA, Mack enjoys “everything” which to him includes playing the piano and bass guitar, being in a rock band, theater, reading, science, math, tennis, and the boy scouts.


Rena Zagnoev

Rena Lily Zagnoev will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, at The Temple. Rena was born on August 27, 2010, in Atlanta, Ga. She is the daughter of Erin and Greg Zagnoev and the grandchild of Rae and Bruce Hirsch of Nashville and Noreen and Dudley Zagnoev of Studio City, Calif.

A rising seventh grader at University School of Nashville, Rena loves cooking, going to overnight camp, beach travel, spending time with her sisters, cousins and friends.

For her mitzvah project, Rena has completed a mitzvah a month supporting organizations and programs that are important to her such as Jewish Family Service’s Chanukah drive, The Temple’s Annual Giving campaign, the Nashville Diaper Connection, Jewish Family Service’s school supply program, the Caring for Covenant Fund, Tennessee Moms Demand Action and the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.


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