B’nai Mitzvah Profile: Clara Golner

What is your full name?
Clara Golner

Where were you born?
Arlington, Virginia

What is the date of your Bar Mitzvah?
March 14th, 2020

How long have you been in our Religious School? What is your favorite subject?
I’ve been in the religious school since kindergarten, but I went to preschool at Etz Hayim, too.

What Haftarah will you be chanting?
Ki tissa, triennial year one.

Has anyone else in your family become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah here?
Yes, my cousin Ben Bass.

What school do you attend? What is your favorite subject?
I go to Swanson Middle School. My favorite subject is probably English, or maybe science.

What are your hobbies or extra-curricular activities?
I do tae kwon do three times a week, but I also play piano at home and clarinet in school.

What accomplishments are you proud of?
I guess I’m proud of anything I’ve done to make someone happy.

Please write a thoughtful statement about what becoming a Bar Mitzvah means to you.
I think it means that it’s true that I get more independence, but I feel closer to my family now and I feel like my Jewish identity has become stronger.