Getting and Giving a Second Chance
Florida Bat Mitzvah Shares Gifts ~ An exclusive interview with Becky Klipin by Chava Yelloz
Someone once asked me if it was easy interviewing kids. My answer was that it’s a mixed bag depending on the child. If I was asked this question about Becky Klipin of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, my answer would be, “It was a breeze!” But actually, I knew it would be after I read her gift insert that she placed in her Bat Mitzvah invitations.
When a 13-year-old girl possesses such maturity and benevolence, an adult takes the back seat.
Becky told me that when she was planning her Bat Mitzvah, she went on line to search for a noteworthy cause where she could contribute her Bat Mitzvah gifts. She further explained that since she was an adopted girl, finding Lev LaLev and the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home in Netanya gave her a personal connection to the plight of our girls.
Becky, quite an articulate seventh grader, is a serious and well-rounded student who’s the president of her school’s Thespian Club. Besides acting in school plays, her favorite reads are the historical fiction genre. Her Bat Mitzvah took place in March at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, where she also prepared for her life cycle milestone.
Becky spends time enjoying her three (yes 3!) Boston Terriers, Charley, Katie and Lily. She’s the younger sister of 16-year-old brother Aaron and the loving daughter of Renee and Colin Klipin.
Becky loves attending the Bak Middle School of the Arts, a magnet school in West Palm Beach. Students who attend Bak may audition for two out of five art areas: communications, dance, music (consisting of band, keyboard, strings, and vocal arts), theater, and visual arts.
Becky told LLL that her mitzvah project was geared to raise funds to help our special girls have their very own Bat Mitzvah celebration commemorating their right of passage. Before connecting with Lev LaLev, Becky and her parents enjoyed a week in Israel. Now that she’s part of the extended Children’s Home family, she hopes to visit the girls in Netanya on her next trip.
All of us at Lev LaLev, along with the girls at the Home, wish to offer our deepest heartfelt thanks to Becky and her family for choosing to share her gifts with them and for giving them a second chance that will change their lives for the better.