In the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing many Bar & Bat Mitzvahs and have met some truly amazing families. I’m not Jewish, so finding out about the Bar and Bat Mitzvah traditions has been a great learning experience. Recently I discovered that many kids that are celebrating their Bar/Bat Mitzvah also take on a special charitable project. It turns out that”mitzvah” not only means a commandment of the Jewish law, but it also means a charitable act or worthy deed.
I heard about a VERY worthy deed by 15-year old Jordan Fromm. I met his family when I photographed his sister, Jamie’s Bat Mitzvah at the beginning of the year. His dad recently told me about the charity Jordan formed in 2009, called Shutouts for Kids, when he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. So, a shutout, for those who don’t know hockey like myself, is when a goalie keeps the other team from scoring the entire game. Jordan gets donations based on how many shutouts he gets per season. To date, Jordan has raised over $30,000 to benefit the Ed Snider Youth Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Truly amazing!
When Jordan’s dad called to ask if I could contribute something to the silent auction at the hockey banquet at Jordan’s school, I said OF COURSE! So if you are going to the Wissahickon High School & Middle School hockey banquet in a few weeks, be sure to bid on my family session!
If you’d like to help out Jordan’s charity, please check out www.shutoutsforkids.org!