8.10.18 Issue

Marissa and Vaness Cooper, daughters of Joan and Justin Cooper, will celebrate their B’nai Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Temple Israel.

Marissa is an eighth-grade student at Beveridge Magnet Middle School.

Marissa was invited to play in All City Orchestra and “Harpening”, a combined concert of Adult and Child harpists around Omaha. She plays the cello and harp and in her free time she loves to go camping and fishing.

For her mitzvah project, Marissa worked with a special needs student preparing him to begin first grade. She helped him with academic skills and social awareness.

Vanessa is a seventh-grade student at Beveridge Magnet Middle School.

Vanessa enjoys photography, art and taking care of her lop eared bunny, named Lilly.

For her mitzvah project, she volunteered with Orphans & Widows of Omaha to make blankets for National Adoption Day to be given to children finding a forever home in Douglas County.

They have a sister, Lauren

Grandparents are Judith Cooper and the late Judge Sam Cooper.