The small auditorium at Paul’s Run Retirement Community in Northeast Philadelphia was packed with people of all ages. Every seat filled. Visitors and guests were buzzing with excitement. 16 elderly women, ages 85 to 100, were dressed in their finest and sat in a row chairs that lined the width of the stage. Many of them puzzled at the crowd before them, still trying to wrap their heads around what was about to take place – their Bat Mitzvah celebration.
“Congrats to all of you,” Rabbi-intern Anne Feibelman announced to the ladies on the stage. “Today you are a woman.” Continue reading