Bar mitzvah project involves packing meals for people in need


Instead of celebrating his bar mitzvah with a lavish party, Jared Rosenfarb of Parkland decided to celebrate it by packing up meals for people in need.

Jared, who turns 13 on Feb. 6, was recently joined by 100 of his family members and friends who helped him pack up 18,000 meals in Parkland for Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County’s kosher food pantry, the Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard. These meals help support Holocaust survivors, feed insecure families in the Jewish community and more throughout Broward County.

Jared, who attends Westglades Middle School in Parkland, thought the turnout was great.

“There were a lot of people there helping everybody out and working together.”

Jared said, regarding his inspiration for this type of project, “I’ve done something like this in the past for other places with my other family members, so I thought it would be a good idea to do this again because everyone is so experienced in doing a good deed.”

Jared described how the meal packing project will help him become a better person and Jew in the future.

“It taught me some of the Jewish principles and also principles of being human, so I want to apply that in the future too.”

Jo Ann Arnowitz, Goodman JFS’ chief program officer and vice president of Grants Management, said, “It’s wonderful for him to focus his mitzvah project on our agency, the Cupboard and food insecurity.”

“It’s always fabulous when the young people can turn their efforts towards those that are less fortunate and find a really tangible way to help them.”

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