Making Mitzvahs With Monkeys

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This Philadelphia teen isn't monkeying around about her commitment to a unique nonprofit. 

Mitzvah Hero: Hannah Rose, 13, daughter of Mindy and Dr. Mark Rose of Philadelphia, has received a Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Human Relations Award for her compassion and selflessness. 

What It’s All About: The seventh grader at Alternative Middle Years at James Martin, a magnet school, has lent a helping hand to Helping Hands since her recent Bat Mitzvah at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Paark.

“I like monkeys,” she says simply of her devotion to Helping Hands, a national nonprofit that offers the services of specially trained capuchin monkeys to assist adults whose mobility is limited by spinal cord problems.

While volunteering for the organization, she also gives the monkeys items they crave, “like walnuts,” she says with a laugh.

Not a One-Time Thing: A participant for two years running in the George Washington Carver Science Fair, Hannah has also spent time volunteering for the Jewish National Fund and the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

Good for Her: The future marine biologist — and sister to Arielle — enjoys doing what she does from the goodness of her heart: “I like to help,” she says, and after all, that's  part of what Judaism is all about.

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