My name is Jonathan Brukhartz. I’m 13 years old. I was born in Guatemala and adopted at 5 months old. I have grown up learning about Guatemala from my parents. In 2010, I went to Guatemala with my family. I loved all the clothes, jewelry, and toys/knick knacks. I loved how colorful they were.  For my Bar Mitzvah project I decided to work with Maya Works.

Maya Works is a foundation which helps Guatemalan women get educated and support their families. Maya Works buys items handmade by artisan women and then sells them. The money then goes back to Maya Works who pays the schools to educate the women. The women also can take out micro loans to start other types of businesses, too. I will sell the items and the money will go to Maya Works to help the women in Guatemala.

I am selling beautiful handbags, hacky sacks, beaded and non-beaded jewelry,and Judaica items all handmade by Guatemalan women. The handbags are very colorful, and have many compartments to hold anything in them.

I will also be selling bracelets that come in a variety of colors. Some of the colors are darker than others, and some are very bright. There are also keychains and friendship bracelets.

This organization also makes Jewish items such as tallit (prayer shawl) and kippot (head covering). The tallit we are selling is very attractive. It has very pleasing colors. The kippot are also very nice and come in many different colors.

I will be selling these items at the Artisan’s Market at Oak Park Temple, 1235 North Harlem Avenue in Oak Park. There will be other vendors and artisans selling very nice things for everyone. It is one day only, Sunday March 1st, from 9:30am-3:00 pm. Admission is free.

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