Family Profile: Anna Fleischman

Posted on May 17, 2015

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* Debbie: date
* Fran: 3/20

Heidi and Edward Fleischman warmly invite the congregation of Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael to join them as their daughter, Anna Elise Fleischman, is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on May 16, 2015.

Anna is a seventh-grade honor student at Frelinghuysen Middle School (FMS) in Morristown NJ, where she excels in French, music and language arts. Anna enjoys playing the flute in the school band, and she has also had parts in the sixth-grade musical, “The Wizard of Oz” and the seventh-grade musical, “Beauty and The Beast.” Anna enjoys singing alto with the FMS chorus. Anna began playing piano when she was six years old and has performed in numerous recitals. Anna also enjoys many sports activities, including running for the FMS cross country team, the track and field team and swimming for the Burnham Barracudas Swim Team summer league. Between school and activities, Anna enjoys going to the beach, baby sitting, swimming at Burnham Pool, biking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

For her mitzvah project, Anna chose to twin with a teen who has special needs, through the Special Needs Athletic Program (SNAP). Every week, Anna has spent time with her friend, offering friendship and shared activities. In addition, Anna and her friend participate in the SNAP Tae Kwon Do program, which offers structured athletic activities while she enjoys the companionship of her special friend and other participants. Most importantly, this program provides an opportunity for children and teenagers of all levels and abilities to develop sensitivity, teamwork and dedication to serving others. Anna has really enjoyed this experience and feels that she has received much more than she has given.

Anna is collecting sporting goods and arts and crafts, such as paints, crayons and play dough to fill the bima basket to be donated to the SNAP program.

We are grateful to Anna’s religious school teachers, Morah Mimi Zukoff, Cantor Shana and Rabbi Nesson for preparing Anna for her Bat Mitzvah, and to everyone that has encouraged her along the way. With much pride, Anna’s parents, her older sister, Alison, and her grandparents are very much looking forward to sharing this special day with the congregation, family and friends.