For Dunwoody resident Sophia Jaye, the choice of a project to highlight her Bat Mitzvah was an easy decision. She chose to work with Jewish National Fund, which has planted more than 250 million trees in Israel as part of its vision to protect and develop the people and land of Israel for 110 years.
“My Bat Mitzvah was on Tu BiShvat, the Jewish holiday for trees,” said Sophia. “I also wanted to support Israel, my second home, in its goal to improve the environment by planting trees.”
As Sophia prepared for her big rite of passage, she reached out to family and friends to invest in a garden of 100 trees in Israel in her honor. Additionally, Sophia distributed information about the Israeli environment and provided attendees at her Bat Mitzvah with ways to contribute to the country once the celebration concluded.
JNF Atlanta Co-President Matt Lieberman invited Sophia to the January board of directors meeting where he proudly presented Sophia with a plaque recognizing her advocacy for Israel.
Sophia is the daughter of Dr. David Jaye and Dr. Jeanne Boudreaux and granddaughter of Rochelle and Murray Jaye, all of Dunwoody.