New Jersey Bar Mitzvah helps St. Thomas school

Ryan and Ms. Wilson
Ryan and Ms. Wilson
     Ryan Siegel celebrated his becoming a Bar Mitzvah in the historic St. Thomas Synagogue. That, in itself, is a wonderful experience but not so unique anymore. In the last six years more than 100 B'nai Mitzvah from all over the United States and Canada have been celebrated in our Synagogue. But Ryan's was a little different.
      As part of his preparation, he was asked to undertake a Mitzvah Project. He wanted to do something to help other children not as fortunate as he is, and he wanted to do it for kids in St. Thomas. Rabbi Starr obtained a wish list from the teachers at Jane E. Tuitt Elementary School and sent it to Ryan. (Two years ago, another Bar Mitzvah had requested to do something similar and Rabbi Starr had that family work with the Joseph Sibilly School.)
      Ryan and his parents shipped to St. Thomas over $500 worth of school supplies and they delivered them on Thursday before his Bar Mitzvah. Ryan and his parents were joined by Rabbi and Mrs. Starr and Adrian Bishop of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, Sunrise which has adopted the Tuitt School. Ms. Wilson, the teacher, was overjoyed with the supplies as she unpacked the box with everyone looking on.
      Since Ryan's favorite subject is math (and he is really a whiz), he wanted to work with the kids on math. For about half an hour, he engaged with the students doing math problems on the chalk board. Friendships were formed, a mitzvah fulfilled.