"Emma's Bat Mitzvah was the most meaningful, magical, and joyous day of our lives - and it was all because of your warm, kind, intelligent, loving, strength and guidance. It not only celebrated our miraculous daughter but the diversity and love of our family. It allowed cousins and friends from across the world to have precious time together and even repaired old, painful wounds between me and my brother. I don't know how you bridged languages, cultures and religions to make everyone involved - from my Catholic husband and children - to my observant brother and sister-in-law - to stop everything in order to feel the love, power and significance of the tradition, the history and the moment in Emma's life. I don't know how you got my shy, reserved almost-teenager to trust you and work so well with you. I don't know how you had the generosity of spirit to share the amazing stories of you life with people you had never before met. I don't know how you seamlessly fit into our extended family as if you had been at every family reunion. I don't know how you quietly moved people and furniture around to make the most beautiful restaurant into an even more beautiful sanctuary. I don't know how you figured out how to give even our youngest Payton such important parts to play that she is still talking about it. I don't know how you made even my relatives who are not Jewish feel part of the tradition. And yet you did it all with grace and a smile.~June B."
Bat Mitzvah Mom Summer 2017