So NPR, as part of its Planet Money T-Shirt Project, decided to post some photos of donated t-shirts in Kenya that are now for sale and ask if anyone knew to whom they had once belonged. The first photograph in NPR’s Is This Your Old T-Shirt? (It’s For Sale In Kenya) was a bat mitzvah t-shirt with the Flintstones and Jetsons cartoon characters dancing that said “Jennifer’s Bat Mitzvah” and dated November 20, 1993. NPR wanted to find out who Jennifer was and who had donated the t-shirt in the first place. The t-shirt had a tag sewn inside that read Rachel Williams — not surprising as it was likely worn at a summer camp where clothing gets labeled like that. Anyone who heard that NPR report or saw the online slideshow of photos wondered if they might know Rachel or Jennifer.
Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the after life of American clothes–namely how clothes we outgrow or get tired of end up in bins in sub-Saharan Africa. Through out their rummage, they found this gem from Jennifer’s bat mitzvah, dated November 20th, 1993. The question they desperately want answered (as do we): WHO IS JENNIFER? The shirt had a tag sewn inside (most likely from the clothes-labeling days of Jewish summer camp) that reads Rachel Williams. Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help these two guys solve this bat mitzvah mystery! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. Let the Jewish geography conversations commence!
|Jennifer Slaim Rasansky with Rachel Williams Aaronson at her bat mitzvah.|
While these stories have been done in the past, this one seems to have touched a nostalgia chord as everyone remembers the day mom donated their collection of bar mitzvah t-shirts. Hopefully this story will also encourage people to clean out their closets and donate gently worn clothing.
|Jennifer Slaim Rasansky today.|