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12.21.12 Issue

Simon Alex Murphy, son of Kate and Joe Murphy, will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Temple Israel.

Simon is a seventh-grade student at Glenwood Middle School in Glenwood, IA. He is in the Talented and Gifted program at school and was awarded a chair in the Seventh Grade Southwest Iowa Honor Band. He is a madrich at Temple Israel for a third grade class.

His interests include playing the French Horn, playing video games and participating in 4H and Civil Air Patrol.

For his mitzvah project, Simon volunteered with the Glenwood Giving Garden, which grows vegetables and distributes them to those in need in our local community.

He has a sister, Clara Remily Murphy, age 9.

Grandparents are Naomi and Irving Kaminsky, and the late Carole and Joseph Murphy.