Marissa Haleigh Hurd
Marissa Haleigh Hurd, daughter of Beth and Justin Hurd of Phoenix, became a bat mitzvah on Jan. 6 at Temple Chai.
Grandparents are Paula and Harvey Labko of Seal Beach, California, Susan Kaufman of Long Beach, New York, and Allan and Christine Herd of Levittown, New York.
For her mitzvah project, Marissa volunteered her time to make Ben’s Bells — molding, painting and decorating clay bells that are hung in parks all over the community with the intention of spreading kindness. The Ben’s Bell Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness. Marissa also volunteers time preparing meals for Feed My Starving Children. Marissa also donated 10 inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that turns donated hair into wigs for women battling cancer. She attends Explorer Middle School.
As for hobbies, Marissa is a runner and loves participating in all track and field sports. She is involved with TCTY, NFTY and student government. Marissa enjoys spending her free time with friends, doing art and drama activities, and attending Camp Stein in the summer.
Kayla Isabel Schwartz
Kayla Isabel Schwartz, daughter of Erica and David Schwartz of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah on Jan. 13 at Congregation Merkaz Ha-lyr.
Grandparents are Gail and Joel Stempil and Susan and Herb Schwartz.
For her mitzvah project, Isabel raised money and volunteered for Miracle League of Arizona and youth group tikkun olam projects. She attends Scottsdale Prepatory Academy. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys softball, piano, summer day camp and spending time with her friends.