Two seventh-graders at Chicago Jewish Day School, Marc Luban and Ariana Handelman, wanted their B’nai Mitzvahs to stand out — but not for the opulent festivities that some have planned for them, featuring celebrities like Beyonce, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg.
Instead of a huge bash, the 12-year-olds’ ventures into Jewish adulthood will be marked by designing and building a playground for the public.
Through Thursday afternoon, more than $18,000 had been donated to the cause.
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