My name is Noga Cabo and I am turning 12 on January 19th (The Hebrew date is the 7th of Shevat which this year fell on January 8th). I will be having my Bat Mitzvah in May, and I would like to share my Bat mitzvah project with you. I recorded three original songs, and I plan to donate the proceeds to different organizations with which I have a connection.
My first song is called “Friend for Life” and I wrote this song for my four cats. I will be donating the proceeds of this song to Mid-Hudson Animal Aid and the ASPCA. Mid-Hudson Animal Aid is a cat sanctuary from where we adopted two of our cats. They have helped us tremendously with another cat of ours. They recently had a fire in their building, and they are trying to rebuild and recover. I am sure that you all know that the ASPCA is one of the biggest animal rescue and adoption organizations in the world, and my family adopted a few animals from them. My second song is called “I See.” I will be donating the proceeds to Sargent Downing Gardens and to the Roots and Shoots organization. Sargent Downing Gardens is a nonprofit community garden that my dad, Richie Cabo, founded three years ago. I have learned a lot from the garden’s programs, and I also volunteer there in many different ways. The garden’s programs teach children and adults about sustainability, plants, and nature. I was very lucky to meet Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned scientist who lived among and studied chimpanzees’ way of life. I met her at The World Trade Center memorial when she came to interview my dad for her book. Dr. Goodall ends her new book, Seeds of Hope, with the story about how my dad helped saving the 9/11 survivor tree. The tree is standing in the ground zero memorial and is a symbol of hope and renewal. Dr. Jane Goodall started the organization Roots and Shoots in 1991, and she is traveling all around the world advocating for the Roots and Shoots mission: “to foster respect and compassion for all living things to promotes understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment”.
The last song that I recorded is called “Lecha Dodi”(לך דודי).This song is from the Kabbalat Shabbat service, and the lyrics were believed to be written in the sixteenth century by Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz. My mom, Dassi Rosenkrantz, and I composed a new melody to this song a few years ago while driving to school. I will be donating this song to my school, The Gerrard Berman Day School, and to my camp, Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. The Gerrard Berman Day School is a Solomon Schechter school in North Jersey that I have attended since I was four years old and which brothers, Adam and Zohar, also attend. The school is wonderful and it is like our second home. Ramah Day Camp in Nyack is a Jewish Day Camp that I have been attending since I was very young, and so are my brothers. The experience made out summers unforgettable.
Thank you for reading about my Bat Mitzvah project. I am selling my songs on the iTunes and other internet stores (see below) - just search my name, Noga Cabo. If you like my songs, please help these organizations further, by forwarding my email to your friends.!!:)
Thank you again,Noga Cabo