Gabriella Messing is an 11th grade honor student at Harborfields High School. She has been a regular participant at Huntington Jewish Center since the day of her baby naming, through attending services, nursery school, religious school, youth groups, and volunteering. She has a passion for working with children and has led Nitzanim (children’s services), volunteered as a babysitter during Shabbat and holiday services, and volunteered as a counselor at the synagogue’s summer camp. Through the Jewish Nutrition Network, she packaged lunches and hundreds of bags of fruits and vegetables for the hungry. She also volunteered at youth events such as the Purim carnival and Hanukkah Happening and showed support for Israel by regularly marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade since she was three. The skills she has gained through her synagogue education have been appreciated by the congregation when she reads Torah or leads services. Hearing her sing Yigdal to close the Sisterhood/Men’s Club Shabbat leaves us with hope in our future generation!
Her artistic talent has been acknowledged through various HJC contests- the High Holiday card cover, library wall art, and the USCJ calendar, as well as in local exhibitions and the art honor society. She also excels at playing flute and piccolo during All-State solos and is in the school marching band and music honor society. In addition, Gabi enjoys dancing, especially in the Nutty Cracker and on the competition team.
Gabriella thanks the Men’s Club for creating and supporting many of the opportunities at our synagogue!