Summer Isabella Franco Bat Mitzvah
Summer Isabella Franco will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on May 20, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Summer is the daughter of Jessica Ellel and John Franco. She is a 7th grader at Community Day School in Squirrel Hill. She also attends Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, where she specializes in ballet and jazz. She has performed in The Nutcracker at the Benedum since 2nd grade and has played such roles as a toy soldier, a mouse, a child in the party scene, and a sheep. Inspired by her Torah portion on the census and her interest in equality and social justice, she developed a 10-video series counting down to Election Day filled with voter information. The videos were designed to encourage voter turnout and were posted on her parents’ Facebook and Instagram accounts receiving over 800 views in the week leading up to the 2022 election. Summer is considering careers in teaching and journalism.