It was Bat Mitzvah joy for Billie Brazil at Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue recently.
Janette Brazil, Billie’s mother explains, “Billie couldn’t celebrate her Bat Mitzvah because at the time, she suffered from severe epilepsy as a result of medication. Now she is finally off it, she decided she wanted to have her Bat Mitzvah and preparing for it has been extremely empowering for her. We are all so very proud of her will and drive, to challenge people to see beyond her disability, and to let everyone know that being in a wheelchair and having special needs should never hold you back”.
Billie says, “It was so nice to have all my family there, some even came from abroad! On the day I was nervous but also very excited, it’s made me feel like I am part of the community, and it’s made me so happy that I can give back to them. One of my favourite parts of the day was the private blessing from the rabbi and then having sweets thrown at me at the end. Having everyone behind me was really great, and now there are other Langdon members that want to do it too”.
Chazan Jaclyn Chernett of Kol Nefesh Masorti adds, “Billie has been coming to services every Shabbat for over a year and has enriched our community with her enthusiasm and drive. She decided on her own that she wanted a Bat Mitzvah, in spite of any difficulties she felt she could encounter. We are thrilled to have been able to have make this possible and we are very proud of her”.
Mazal Tov Billie!