Eden Tejeda-Taffel, daughter of Alison Taffel and Carlos Tejeda and granddaughter to Bruce and Sheila Taffel and the late Carmen Yolanda Garcia Gonzalez, was called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah Aug. 8, 2020, at Congregation Shearith Israel.
Her d’var Torah message from Parshat Eikev is that actions have consequences and that we should carefully contemplate our intentions before we act. Eden’s preparations for her bat mitzvah during a pandemic is testimony to her dedication and makes her achievement particularly remarkable.
Eden is a rising eighth grader at David T. Howard Middle School in Atlanta, where she has excelled academically. Her extracurricular interests include drama, film, chorus, guitar and dance. She also loves spending time with her friends, developing a keen sense of humor and keeping up with the latest technology.