Halle Lauren Gerst becomes a bat mitzvah on Jan. 8, 2022, at Temple Solel. She is the daughter of Mara and Matthew Gerst of Cave Creek.

Grandparents are Ellyn and Jerry Lippman of Tucson; and Toby and Stephen Gerst of Phoenix.

For her mitzvah project, Halle is working with Arizona Helping Hands, the largest provider of essential needs for children in foster care in the state.

A student at Sonoran Trails Middle School, Halle enjoys dance, basketball and drawing.