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MIRIAM AND HAN­NAH SAN­DER­SON The twins were bat­mitz­vah at Har­row and Wem­b­ley Pro­gres­sive Syn­a­gogue. Both are Wat­ford Gram­mar pupils and BBYO mem­bers and have a puppy called Poppy and two goldfish — the lat­ter a present af­ter brother Joseph’s barmitzvah four years ago. Their mother, Danielle, is an in­ter­na­tional dis­tance run­ner who has rep­re­sented Bri­tain over 20 times and won Mac­cabiah gold dur­ing a long ca­reer

What was spe­cial about your sim­chah? “Our dad Steven taught us, just as he taught Joseph for his barmitzvah,” Miriam says. “We stud­ied with dad for a year, and have been go­ing to cheder for eight years. It was also the first time iden­ti­cal twins had had a bat­mitz­vah at our shul.” Han­nah adds: “Our 94-year old great-grand­mam, Myra, was there for the sim­chah and said she thor­oughly en­joyed it. And it was one of the rare oc­ca­sions when our mum wasn’t wear­ing run­ning clothes.”

Tell us about the cer­e­mony

“We each read quite long por­tions of the To­rah in He­brew and English, and read the Haftorah in English,” says Han­nah. Miriam re­calls “a lovely kid­dush af­ter­wards”.

Tell us about the party

“The party was at La­timer House near Chor­ley­wood,” says Miriam. “The weather that evening was aw­ful — tor­ren­tial rain and flood­ing — so the car­i­ca­tur­ist and chocolate foun­tain man were se­verely de­layed and lots of guests had a dread­ful jour­ney. We chose La­timer House be­cause of the won­der­ful views over the Chess Val­ley and in­tended hav­ing the re­cep­tion out­side, but that was im­pos­si­ble. Still, once peo­ple ar­rived, they could for­get about the weather and con­cen­trate on en­joy­ing them­selves for the night.” Hanna says: “The food had to be veg­e­tar- ian and nut-free as we are veg­e­tar­ian and are both al­ler­gic to nuts. Var­i­ous peo­ple made jokes about there be­ing no meat, but they all seemed to en­joy the food. There was a disco and our bat­mitz­vah cake had ic­ing mod­els of us sit­ting on top.”

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