There’s a lot in Kitty as she cel­e­brates bat­mitz­vah


KITTY STANDER Moy “pushed her­self to her lim­its” to have a bat­mitz­vah cer­e­mony at the New Lon­don Syn­a­gogue, St John’s Wood.

The 13-year-old from Stoke New­ing­ton has Down’s syn­drome, which makes com­mu­ni­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing dif­fi­cult.

Kitty’s par­ents had fret­ted about her abil­ity to get through her dvar To­rah.

“We said to each other, ‘it’s very long’”, re­called her fa­ther Daniel Stander.

“But we were so glad we pushed her. It was hard for her, of course. But it set the bar high and she achieved it, which gives her the con­fi­dence to go fur­ther.”

Kitty spent more than 18 months work­ing to­wards her big day with teacher An­gela Gluck.

“It has been won­der­ful to see her grow in body, mind and spirit,” said Mrs Gluck, who has known Kitty since she was a baby. “I feel very proud to have been her teacher.

“Her dvar To­rah was great and there were so many im­por­tant and beau­ti­ful ideas in it.” Mr Stander added: “Kitty has to work twice as hard as every­one else and of­ten gets half the re­sults, which is quite sad. Her bat­mitz­vah was a chance for her to feel re­ally proud. We told her how amaz­ing it was that she did it. She sort of just shrugged it off. When we asked her if she was ner­vous, she said ‘no, I’m just happy’.”

Kitty said: “I’ve had my ups and downs but I think it went well.”

She has to work twice as hard as every­one else’

Kitty Stander Moy with par­ents Daniel and Annie

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