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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-05-16

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the link between the way a person
treats animals and the way a person
treats human beings. Taking care of
animals is a serious mitzvah, and
for several young people in Metro
Detroit's Jewish community, it's
what they chose to focus on as they
prepared to make their bar or bat
mitzvahs.

Turtle 'Mom'
Samantha Sherman, 15, a 10th-grad-
er at Eton Academy in Birmingham,
has a long-distance relationship with
a turtle that dates
back to her bat
mitzvah celebration,
which was themed
"Under the Sea."
As her bat mitz-
vah was around
the time of the BP
oil spill, Samantha
Samantha
began searching
Sherman
the Internet for an
organization that
she could support. She came across
the Turtle Hospital, a group dedi-
cated to helping sea turtles based in

Monte! the turtle

Marathon, Fla. In lieu of gifts, she
asked her guests to make contribu-
tions to the Turtle Hospital and was
able to raise more than $1,000.
That donation allowed her to
become the "proud parent" of her
very own sea turtle, Montel.
"He was injured too severely to
return to the wild!' says Samantha,
who lives in Farmington Hills with
parents Robbie and Scott, and sib-
lings Justin and Emily. "Every couple
of months, I get a letter notifying me
of his progress. He keeps on getting
better!'
Samantha continues to support
Montel's care.

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Wallis Hechler, 13, a seventh-grader
at Berkshire Middle School in
Beverly Hills, became a bat mitzvah
in February at Temple Shir Shalom
in West Bloomfield. An animal
lover, Wallis wanted to volunteer at

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