Hannah Malena Stein’s endeavor in her Sunday 9am and 12pm sales is to raise money for Hand in Paw, a non profit organization that caters to dogs in severe need.
The Kamhi-Stein family have been TBD members since Hannah was 3 months old. She has attended religious school since Kindergarten (at that time there was no toddler class or preschool at our school), and is preparing now for her Bat Mizvah with Rabbi Lachtman and Cantor Campbell. Though her Bat Mitzvah is in February, Hand in Paw has been part of Hannah’s heart since she first adopted Negrita, her Shihtzu puppy, and then Luna, Hannah’s Multi-poo dog.
The mitzvah bracelet project is only part of the good that Hannah does for animals. Hannah spends her Saturday mornings at the adoption centers Hand in Paw sets up within the San Gabriel community. She collaborates with Piper Wood, the organization’s founder and president, to help rescued dogs prior to their surgery, helping administer their medication, socializes with the dogs to provide them emotional support, grooms them, cleans them, and walks them. Hannah in fact, wants to be a veterinarian, specializing in dogs, so this lifelong experience will be a segue into her future career as an animal advocate.
Having volunteered at Hand in Paw for five years now, Hannah has seen the progression of the dogs’ health and wellbeing. It is rewarding for her to see how dogs with an otherwise unfortunate destiny and challenging health, are assigned to loving homes and families. She realizes, that with the help of her community, she can achieve the mitzvah oftzaar baalei chaim- caring for the needed animal. She will thus also involve her Haskala peers in her mitzvah, by taking turns in selling bracelets. By us questioning the class as they sell bracelets, purchasing or donating to Hannah’s cause, we too are participating in the mitzvah of doing good, as one mitzvah leads to another, mitzvah goreret mitzvah.