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Bar Mitzvah
Bryce Gochin-Lyon
Shmuel Aharon ben Gershon Aharon v’ Ariel
‫ואריאל‬ ‫אהרון‬ ‫גרשון‬ ‫בן‬ ‫אהרון‬ ‫שמואל‬
Apri...
Bar Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah (Hebrew: ‫מצוה‬ ‫בר‬) is the term in Jewish law for an adult, it has come to mean
colloquially the...
Shabbat Service
Presentation of Tallit
Grant Gochin and Russell Lyon
Ark opening / closing for the Torah Service
Sandra Go...
Hagbah and Galilah
Sean Joffe and Jordan Joffe
Candy Distributors
Nitzan Cohain, Shani Cohain, Jaelyn Ghoddousi, Ainsley L...
Expressions of Appreciation
We are very fortunate that our family members and close friends could be with us here today.
S...
Message from Grant (Daddy)
Thirteen Gifts on Your Bar Mitzvah
Bryce, thirteen gifts that come to you directly from your an...
The eighth gift is a gift of heritage from the wisest people in history—our heritage in the Baltic
country of Lithuania. T...
Message from Russell (Papa)
To my incredible son Bryce on your Bar Mitzvah,
Today you, Daddy and I stand together like the...
Featured Charities
Bryce’s Mitzvah Project was to collect funds and used cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers”.
http:...
“Food Forward”
Bryce has been a long time volunteer and participant in helping to feed those lesser privileged
than oursel...
Explanation of our Bar Mitzvah Emblem
At the core of the emblem is the Star of David. This signifies Bryce’s identity as a...
Bryce's Bar mitzvah Program
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Bryce's Bar mitzvah Program

  1. 1. Bar Mitzvah Bryce Gochin-Lyon Shmuel Aharon ben Gershon Aharon v’ Ariel ‫ואריאל‬ ‫אהרון‬ ‫גרשון‬ ‫בן‬ ‫אהרון‬ ‫שמואל‬ April 5, 2014 5 Nisan 5774 Parshat M’tzora Haftarah: 2 Kings 7: 3-20 Temple Ramat Zion, Northridge, California
  2. 2. Bar Mitzvah Bar Mitzvah (Hebrew: ‫מצוה‬ ‫בר‬) is the term in Jewish law for an adult, it has come to mean colloquially the Jewish coming of age rituals. Bar (‫)בר‬ is a Jewish Babylonian Aramaic word literally meaning son (ben (‫)בן‬ in Hebrew), and mitzvah (‫)מצוה‬ is a commandment and a law. While this literally translates to "son of commandment", the rabbinical phrase "bar" means "under the category of" or "subject to". "Bar Mitzvah" therefore translates to "an [agent] who is subject to the law". According to Jewish law, prior to reaching Bar Mitzvah, a boy’s parents hold responsibility for his actions. When he turns 13 years old, he assumes responsibility for his own actions and becomes a “Bar Mitzvah”. He now bears his own obligation for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics, and is able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life. He may be counted towards a minyan (prayer quorum) and may lead prayer and other religious services in the family and the community. He is now eligible to be called to read from the Torah, he must follow the 613 laws of the Torah and must keep the halakha and may testify as a witness in a Beth Din (Rabbinical court) case. Bryce celebrated his first Bar Mitzvah minyan at his school, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, on March 24, 2014. Bar Mitzvah is mentioned in the Mishnah (Ethics of the fathers, 5:21), and in the Talmud. In some classic sources, the age of thirteen appears for instance as the age from which males must fast on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The widespread practice is that on the first Sabbath of his thirteenth year, he is called up to read from the weekly portion of the Torah (five books of Moses), either as one of the first seven adults, or as the last, in which case he will read the closing verses, and the Haftarah (selections from the books of the Prophets). Today Bryce will chant the Maftir from Parshat M’tzora, being Leviticus 14:30-32. He will also chant the Haftarah, being 2 Kings 7: 3-20. Bryce will also deliver a D'var Torah (a discussion of some Torah issue, such as a discussion of that week's Torah portion) and lead part of the prayer services. Bryce has studied his Torah portion and his D’var Torah is his own interpretation of the text. In Orthodox and Conservative circles, the occasion is sometimes celebrated during a weekday service that includes reading from the Torah, such as a Thursday morning service, where the Bar Mitzvah will also lay tefillin for the first time. Tefillin, (‫)תפילין‬ also called phylacteries from Ancient Greek phylacterion, (meaning "to guard, protect") are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah, which are worn by observant Jews during weekday morning prayers. Bryce completed this mitzvah on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Today, Bryce assumes full responsibility as an adult male, and a full-fledged member of the Jewish community with the responsibilities, beliefs and traditions of the Jewish people. It is a day of deep solemnity, and a joyous celebration of life. We thank you for sharing this celebration with us.
  3. 3. Shabbat Service Presentation of Tallit Grant Gochin and Russell Lyon Ark opening / closing for the Torah Service Sandra Gochin, Alfred and Marion Lyon and Valerie Smollan Passing the Torah Sandra Gochin, Valerie Smollan, Grant Gochin, Russell Lyon and Bryce Gochin-Lyon Torah Aliyot Torah Chanter Kohen / Rishon (1st Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:1-5 Temple Ramat Zion Congregant Rabbi Sela Levy / Sheini (2nd Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:6-9 John & David Arenson Lisa Lainer-Fagan John Arenson – Yehuda ben Moshe v’ Rut David Arenson - David ben Moshe v’ Rut Sh’lishi (3rd Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:10-12 Jordan Joffe Stuart Leviton Yarden ben Shaul Revi’i (4th Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:13-15 Terry Jordan Larry Kligman Tsipa bat Tsvi v’ Shulamit Chamishi (5th Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:16-20 Rabbi Denise Eger Jo Perez Harav Davida Bat Benyamin v' Esther Shishi (6th Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:21-25 Russell Lyon Cantor Ron Galperin Ariel ben Avram v’ Sarah Sh’vi’i (7th Torah Blessing) Leviticus 14:-26-32 Grant Gochin Rabbi Zach Shapiro Gershon Aharon ben Tsvi v’Shulamit Maftir Aliyah Leviticus 14:30-32 Bryce Gochin-Lyon Bryce Gochin-Lyon Shmuel Aharon ben Gershon Aharon v’ Ariel Haftarah 2 Kings 7: 3-20 Shmuel Aharon ben Gershon Aharon v’ Ariel Bryce Gochin-Lyon
  4. 4. Hagbah and Galilah Sean Joffe and Jordan Joffe Candy Distributors Nitzan Cohain, Shani Cohain, Jaelyn Ghoddousi, Ainsley Lyon Prayers for Peace Lili Ghoddousi Prayer for our Country Marion and Al Lyon Prayer for Israel (Hebrew) Dirk Haupt Prayer for Israel (English) Egle Bendikaite “No Religion is an Island” Patricia Supriana and Darius Udrys Ark opening / closing for the returning of the Torah Carmel & Kami Bina and Chic & Kristen Wolk Presentation of gifts by Temple Ramat Zion Board Member Charge by Jo Perez Charge by Rabbi Denise Eger Charge by Rabbi Ahud Sela Ark opening / closing for the Aleinu Jay Allen, Vance Allen, Harriet Anthony, Alyssa Lyon and Beth Lyon “L’Dor V’Dor” Cantor Ron Galperin “Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu” Heschel Day School 7th Graders Kiddush Misnuner Family Motzi Michaan Family
  5. 5. Expressions of Appreciation We are very fortunate that our family members and close friends could be with us here today. Some have traveled a very far distance to be with us in Los Angeles for our simcha. Cherished guests include: Harriet Anthony (New York), David, Fiona & Jamie Arenson (Sacramento), Egle Bendikaite (Lithuania), Sandra Gochin (South Africa), Dirk Haupt (Germany), Sean, Kelly-Jane, and Jordan Joffe (South Africa), Alfred & Marion Lyon (New Jersey), Beth Lyon (Florida), Ken, Brenda and Bronson Lyon (New Jersey), Scott, Emily, Ainsley and Tavi Lyon (San Francisco), Solly, Shari, Robert & Nina Michaan (Phoenix), Brian, Sharon & Aiden Misnuner (Atlanta), Valerie Smollan (South Africa), Darius Udrys (Lithuania). With special thanks to Congressman Brad Sherman for giving Bryce the American flag that flew over the US Capitol Building on Bryce’s thirteenth birthday, February 15, 2014. Kaddish Today as our hearts are filled with joy we stop to lovingly remember: Dora Gochin Carmella “Millie” Rinaldi Sam Gochin Rosario “Sal” Rinaldi Alfred James Lyon Arthur Smollan Elizabeth “Betty” Lyon Bertha Lee “Bee” Smollan We Remember Today we take the opportunity to remember those of our family who were murdered and who do not have the dignity of a grave or memorial. Besser relatives Freyda Leya Gochin, husband and children Garrenbloom relatives Tsipa Gochin, husband and children Avram Israel Gochin Gochin relatives Edel Gochin Novosedz relatives The Six Million
  6. 6. Message from Grant (Daddy) Thirteen Gifts on Your Bar Mitzvah Bryce, thirteen gifts that come to you directly from your ancestors; each is a treasure, and each has a story. The first gift comes to you from your great-great-grandmother, Sire Elke Garrenbloom of Birzai, Lithuania. This is the wedding band with which she married her husband Yankel Novosedz in Raguva. They married in love, lived in love, and died in pogroms in the Ukraine. This gift signifies the transience of life and of riches, and how the only true value that sustains, nurtures, and continues, is love. The second gift comes to you from your great-grandmother Bee. She was the daughter of Sire Elke, and when her parents were killed in the Ukraine, Bee became an orphan. She and her younger brother Morris were adopted by South African relatives, who took away their identity, heritage, and language. They were made to speak English and told to forget their past. You, Bryce, are named for your great-grandmother Bee, and on your papa’s side for your great- grandmother Betty Lyon. My grandmother Bee had a gold chain that had belonged to her grandmother, Sire Elke’s mother, Esther Garrenbloom, which she held and treasured her entire life. This gave her, the few memories she retained of her original life. This gift to you represents memory and continuity. The third gift comes to you from another great-great-grandmother, Rachel Kommel, who was born in great poverty in Kovno, Lithuania. She immigrated to South Africa, where she worked her way up to the pinnacle of society. This brooch was given to her by her husband, Joseph Smollan, and will pass to you and then to your first daughter, who will be the sixth generation to own this family heirloom. This gift represents aspirations, that nothing is ever out of your reach; all you have to do is work hard enough to achieve your dreams. The fourth gift comes to you from your great-grandmother, born Dora Rummel in Janjelgava, Latvia. This is her wedding ring. She so believed in the concepts of a Jewish Community that during the Yom Kippur War, she took the diamond from her wedding ring and gave it to the Israeli war cause. It was the last thing she had left to give. Many years later she replaced that diamond, which is in the ring I give you today. This gift represents the knowledge that there is always something more important than you; that there are ideals to uphold and values to protect. The fifth gift comes to you from your great-grandfather Arthur Smollan. Here is a book of Shakespeare’s collected comedies that was given to him as a gift on his bar mitzvah on January 19, 1923. This gift represents the love of learning and knowledge. May learning and growth be with you every day of your life. The sixth gift is from your great-grandfather Sam Gochin, a man of dignity and principles unlike any other. On the bimah today, you received the tallis he gave to me on my bar mitzvah. On your bar mitzvah, I give it to you with the hope that you will give it to your son at his bar mitzvah. This gift represents family, because the strongest unit that exists is family. The seventh gift is your birthright—your citizenship in the United States. Never in the traceable history of either side of our families have we lived in such peace, without oppression. With this gift we give you the wish for continuity—the continuity of our family in strength. L’Dor V’Dor.
  7. 7. The eighth gift is a gift of heritage from the wisest people in history—our heritage in the Baltic country of Lithuania. This Certificate of your Right of Retention of Lithuanian Citizenship shows that you, Bryce Gochin-Lyon, are descended from, and will always be identified with, the Litvak community. The ninth gift, your South African citizenship, represents history—from your great-grandparents moving to South Africa, where two of your grandparents were born, where I was born, and where you are entitled to live. The tenth gift is Shabbat candlesticks. These belonged to your great-great-grandmother Sarah. She was the one who adopted my grandmother Bee. She gave these to my grandmother, and today I give them to you. These represent the traditions of the Jewish people; now these traditions are your responsibility to uphold and carry forward. The eleventh gift is a five-ruble gold coin from Russia. When your great-grandfather Sam left Lithuania and moved to South Africa, he took with him three such coins with which to start a new life. Instead, he relied on hard work and self-reliance, and at the end of his life he gave those coins to me. I now give one to you. This gift is the recognition of what it takes to uplift people, and that self-reliance, hard work, and ethical behavior are critically important in life. It recognizes the need to perform tzedakah, because all people should be enabled to reach their maximum potential. The twelfth gift is a vase. When Papa’s grandmother Betty was adopted and brought to America, she was made to work. When your great-grandmother Bee was brought to South Africa at a very young age, she was also made to work. One of the places where she worked was the Carlton Hotel, which her family owned, in a town called East London. This is a vase from that hotel. This gift is the recognition of the fact that most of the world is born into deprivation. As per your Torah portion, from those who have much, much is expected. The thirteenth gift is a gift that is indescribable. It is the gift you have given your papa and me: the gift of love and family, and of the pure joy and pride you give us every single day of your life. Our beloved son, of all the gifts in the world, you are the greatest we have ever had— our pride and our joy, and all we can give you in return is our complete, unconditional love. Mazal Tov.
  8. 8. Message from Russell (Papa) To my incredible son Bryce on your Bar Mitzvah, Today you, Daddy and I stand together like the Three Musketeers preparing to conquer the world. Our journey together began the day you were born on February 15, 2001, and along with the day I met Daddy, this day was simply the best day of my life. We were a family, a Papa, a Daddy and a beautiful son. I remember that life changing moment when Daddy and I watched you being born and the nurse placing you on the scale to be measured and weighed, then putting you under lights as the color came in to your body. I remember every single second of that moment and that day. I remember thinking then, what I think now each morning when I wake and each evening as I lay my head on my pillow, that I am the luckiest man in the world. I thank G-d every day for blessing me with the honor to have you as my son. I’m so very proud of you today as you stand before our entire family, our dearest friends, our congregation and G-d. As you stand here making your Bar Mitzvah, you have Daddy and myself on either side of you and we will always be by your side my son. You are just beginning your journey as a Jewish young man and this is one of many amazing accomplishments you will have in your life. My heart is full today as I watch you take this amazing step in your life. My heart is full of nothing but love for you on this and every day. You are such a special person in every way; Your gentle nature and how you are quick to forgive, your sense of humor that keeps Daddy and me on laughing even after you've gone off to bed, your loyalty to your friends, your creative and keen eye for drawing and building, your willingness to explore new places and experience other customs as we travel the world, but the thing that makes you the most special is your amazingly big heart that finds room in it for everyone. You have worked so hard to get to this very place today. I’m so proud of you that I want to race to the top of the highest mountain and scream out “this is my beautiful son with the big heart”. You are truly a mensch in every sense of the word. Bryce, as you continue to grow, my heart continues to spill over with pride and love. It’s because of you that our family is complete, that we can take on the world together. Daddy and I will always be there to support you, believe in you and love you. You just keep staying true to the person you’ve become, keep that genuinely honest and non judgmental spirit that burns inside of you and you will continue to go far in life and in love. Thank you for being my son as I’m just the luckiest Papa in the world! Love, Papa
  9. 9. Featured Charities Bryce’s Mitzvah Project was to collect funds and used cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers”. http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com Cell Phones for Soldiers Mission Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost- free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Cell Phones for Soldiers Fast Facts Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers...  Have provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time  Mails approximately 7,500 calling cards each week  Recycled more than 11 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills  July 2012 launched Helping Heroes Home, to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.  Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 400 veterans and their families with emergency funding.  Has remained a family-run, nonprofit organization operated almost exclusively by Bob, Gail, Brittany, Robbie and Courtney Bergquist. The Stray Cat Alliance Bryce, together with his Aunt Terry, has also volunteered with: http://straycatalliance.org Mission: Stray Cat Alliance educates and empowers the community to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued. We are building a no kill nation, one stray at a time. Vision: Stray Cat Alliance envisions a time when all cats are cared for, all kittens and domesticated cats are in loving homes and there is a healthy, but declining sterilized feral cat population. The feral cat colonies that do remain are monitored, fed, and treated medically when needed by their caregivers. Stray Cat Alliance Values  Every cat’s life as worthy and deserving of human attention, compassion, dedication and action on its behalf.  The sheer joy, the love and utter magic that cats bestow upon the human race.  All cats equally, whether in a forever home or free-roaming in need of human care and assistance.  The power of education and knowledge, combined with patience and determination, to invoke understanding and positive change in outreach assistance to help cats.  Its decade of victories for the cats in the key areas of rescue, adoptions and uniquely, in Trap/Neuter/Return.  Its record of returning every single call or e-mail for support with cat issues.  Its reputation as the go-to source for stray cats.  The opportunity to advocate and positively influence perceptions about stray cats so numbers of supporters increase, along with the scope of such important work.  The momentum of humane causes and how far they have come in this new millennium, and are excited about the future.
  10. 10. “Food Forward” Bryce has been a long time volunteer and participant in helping to feed those lesser privileged than ourselves with the organization “Food Forward” - http://foodforward.org Food Forward is a volunteer powered grassroots group of Angelenos who care about reconnecting to our food system and making change around urban hunger. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. We convene at properties we have been invited to and harvest their excess fruits and vegetables, donating 100% to local food pantries across southern California. Combined, our numerous distribution partners provide food to over 40,000 clients a month across Southern California. Since forming in 2009, we have harvested hundreds of properties with 100% of what we pick going to feed the hungry.
  11. 11. Explanation of our Bar Mitzvah Emblem At the core of the emblem is the Star of David. This signifies Bryce’s identity as a Jew: part of the Jewish family and a member of the Jewish people. The Star of David is surrounded by six national flags. Italy. On Russell’s side of the family, his maternal Great Grandfathers’ were Francesco Rinaldi, of Vizzini, Sicily, Italy, and Salvatore Scimecca, of Porto Empedocle, Vigàta, Sicily, Italy. His maternal Great Grandmothers’ were Marianna Cilmi of Vizzini, Italy, and Anna Cardella of Porto Empedocle, Vigàta, Sicily, Italy. It is probable that the Scimecca family were descended from Converso Jews originating in the Iberian Peninsula. Russell is an Italian citizen and holds an Italian Passport. Bryce hopes to hold Italian citizenship one day. Latvia. On Grant’s side of the family, his Paternal Grandmother, Dora Rummel was from Janjelgava, Latvia. She was the daughter of Sholem Pinchas Rummel, and Chane Gesa Besser. Lithuania. On Grant’s side of the family, his paternal Grandfather, Samuel Gochin, son of Avram Yisrael Gochin and Chaie Turk, was from Papile Lithuania. His Maternal Grandmother, Bee Smollan, was born Brocha Leya Novosedz, daughter of Iankel Ber Novosedz of Birzai, Lithuania, and Sire Elke Garrenbloom, of Raguva Lithuania. Grant and Bryce are both entitled to Lithuanian citizenship and Lithuanian passports, but as of the date of Bryce’s Bar Mitzvah, those have not been granted by the Lithuanian Government. Details of Bryce’s Lithuanian heritage and citizenship are in the book: “Malice, Murder and Manipulation”, written by Grant Arthur Gochin. Scotland. On Russell’s side of the family, his paternal Grandfather was Alfred James Lyon of Dalmuir, Scotland, and his Grandmother was Elizabeth Spence Wilson of Glasgow, Scotland, daughter of Walter Wilson, and Cathleen Bayne. South Africa. Grant was born in South Africa. Grant and Bryce are both citizens of South Africa and hold South African Passports. USA. Bryce was born in Providence Tarzana Hospital, in Tarzana, California. His identity is that of a Jewish American man, with roots and traditions from around the world. Grant, Russell and Bryce are all USA Citizens and hold USA Passports. The flags and countries of heritage are brought together into one symbol, surrounded by Bryce’s name in both Hebrew and English, along with the term L’Dor V’Dor – “from generation to generation”. The intended lesson for Bryce is the history and the efforts that have brought him to the place on the Bimah where he stands on his Bar Mitzvah day.

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