What My Bar Mitzvah Means to Me: Jacob Genick (2018)

By March 3, 2018 November 15th, 2018 Bnei Mitzvah, What It Means to Me
My experience throughout this process has been… interesting. I have learned so much about myself and my family. When I did my values project, I wanted to figure out what kinds of traditions my parents and grandparents followed. Learning about my family values was very inspiring. The value of honoring one’s parents made me want to wear my grandfather’s prayer shawl.
When I was doing my role model project, I wanted to talk about Stan Lee, somebody who I was interested in, but could also learn more about. Stan Lee was a person who did not listen to his doubters. People thought that he would never get a job due to his past and where he came from.
For my major project, I figured out that Jews shaped the modern path for comic book icons everywhere. My major project was not easy. It required a lot of work and research, but I enjoyed the process, because reading comic books is my hobby.
I also had a great time doing my community service at Boca Helping Hands. It was so much fun volunteering to help the community. When I was at Boca Helping Hands, I felt such a great sense of responsibility. It was such an amazing experience helping out the people who needed things much more than I did.
I would like to thank Rabbi Peter, my mentor Renee Fields, Isabel Kaplan, Aram Rubinstein-Gillis for the music, my parents, and all of my friends and family I have known these past 13 years. This entire process has been one of the best experiences in my life. And I am proud to be a Jew.