A Bar Mitzvah was held on August 23 for Ned Robert Katz, son of Steven and Mary Katz. He is the grandson of the late Nancy W. Crawford and Roy R. Crawford Jr.
“For my Bar Mitzvah project,” said Katz, “I wanted to do something to help animals. At first, during the school year I collected donations of items from the Lexington Humane Society’s (LHS) wish list here at the Temple and we dropped them off at their location on Old Frankfort Pike. I felt very good about helping them and when school was over I continued to do more.
“Since I wasn’t bogged down by school I was able to spend more time volunteering. Unfortunately, I could not work at the LHS due to insurance issues because I am not 14 yet. However, I was able to volunteer outside of the Humane Society at their information booth at Thursday Night Live in downtown Lexington and the Artist’s Market on Saturdays. I enjoyed doing this very much and we began to bring our dog, Ellie, to the events as a ‘demo dog’. This attracted a lot more attention and was very beneficial.
“One thing that I noticed was that the information that we were handing out did not include any educational materials for children. If kids can be taught the importance of spaying and neutering pets and learn what to do when they see acts of animal cruelty, they can grow up to help make this a better world for dogs and cats to live in. So I have decided that I will use a portion of the money that I get from Bar Mitzvah presents to buy coloring books on these topics and give them out for free to kids that stop by the ‘Adopt Love’ table; as I have decided that I want to continue volunteering for the Lexington Humane Society.”