At age 76, I have my Bat Mitzvah degree. This is a big deal because I got married at a young age and didnt go to college, says Gloria Royne as she speaks on the bimah at Temple Shalom during a Shabbat morning service.
I have learned how to be a card-carrying member of the Jewish community and now, I just might go to college!
Her granddaughter, Erica Rutherford, 25, of Denver, presented Royne with the tallit she wore at her Bat Mitzvah as her three grandchildren sat in the front row with other families.
Roynes Bat Mitzvah was celebrated at Colorado Springs Temple Shalom, June 6, along with four other adult students: Kat Brandenberger, Linda Knapp, Kate Raphael and Carrie Schillinger.
Congregants sensed the camaraderie, warmth, joy and excitement as they searched for a seat for the special service.
For over a year-and-a-half, the women have been studying every week with Rabbi Mel Glazer and teachers Kobi Chumash and Howard Simon.
Between classes, the students studied on their own and through tutoring with Chumash and Simon.
Simon, a former Temple Shalom president, has dedicated many years to tutoring Bnai Mitzvah students and is known for his knowledge of Hebrew, sense of humor, and personable manner with students.
As a teacher, Chumash brings a deep understanding of Jewish traditions, Hebrew language and teaching skills.
I love it when adults take hold of their Judaism and learn in an adult way, comments Rabbi Glazer.