Local bat mitzvah girl pledges to make 175 blankets

Dani Weinstein set a goal. For her bat mitzvah project, she stated she would make 175 lap blankets by December for Tri-Valley Haven, a Livermore-based organization seeking 300 blankets to hand out as holiday gifts to low-income seniors for the winter.

Dani Weinstein

“When we told Tri-Valley Haven [the goal], they told her, ‘Dani, it’s OK. You really don’t need to do that much,’ ” said her mother, Andrea Weinstein.

But Dani has insisted that she is not scaling back.

In fact, the Dublin 13-year-old has mobilized her community to help her get the job done. She started a crowd-funding campaign (www.gofundme.com/danimitzvahproject) to raise money for fabric and, on May 31, Dani and about 20 others, both kids and adults, made 75 blankets in two hours at an event at the Weinsteins’ synagogue, Congre­gation Beth Emek in Pleasanton.

Volunteers making a blanket at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton on May 31

After Dani returns from her bat mitzvah in Jerusalem —scheduled for Thursday, June 18 — she will continue to work toward her goal.

The first time Dani made a blanket was with a Rosh Hodesh group for Jewish teen girls at Beth Emek.

“Art projects are among my favorite activities and I thought it would be a good idea to combine something I love to do with something that needs to be done,” Dani wrote on her evite for the May 31 event. “I know these blankets will be put to good use.”

She hopes to arrange another public event in the fall to keep her friends involved. “We’re really proud of her,” Andrea Weinstein said. — sara weissman