A young supporter ties his Guatemalan heritage to his Mitzvah Project to benefit Common Hope

Landrey Bryan Heumann began attending religious school at the age of 5, started learning Hebrew in 4th grade, and participated in 6 months of intensive classes–all in preparation for his big day. As his Bar Mitzvah approached, he had to make a choice about what he wanted to do for his Mitzvah Project. The word “mitzvah” in Hebrew means commandment, but it also refers to good deeds or acts of human kindness. In regards to his Mitzvah Project Landrey said,

Javier, Landrey Heumann, and Sam Blindt (son of Executive Director Shari Blindt) at Landrey's Bar Mitzvah

Three friends from Latin American Heritage Camp: Chris, Landrey, and Sam (son of Executive Director Shari Blindt)

“I want to celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah by making a contribution to the world.”

Adopted from Guatemala by Aaron and Gina Heumann, Landrey chose to combine his Guatemalan heritage with the Jewish mitzvah of “tikkun olam,” which means “repair of the world.” He decided to give back by helping kids in Guatemala go to school, and started a school supply drive for Common Hope. Landrey sent a list of supplies to everyone invited to his Bar Mitzvah and encouraged them saying, “Let’s help the kids of Guatemala who aren’t as lucky as me.”

Landrey’s Mitzvah Project was a great success. He collected two massive suitcases worth of school supplies and several monetary gifts, which was a huge contribution to our Fill the Container Project. All of us at Common Hope would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Landrey and to everyone who donated supplies on behalf of his project. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Landrey! You have indeed made a contribution to the world.

If you are interested in helping us make our latest project a success, please visit the Fill the Container Project official webpage. Our goal is to fill a shipping container with school supplies by the end of September, and we need your help to make it happen!

All smiles after Landrey's Bar Mitzvah. Congratulations on all of your hard work!

Landrey and his friends from Latin American Heritage Camp.

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