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Confirmation Program

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After Bar/Bat Mitzvah and graduation from seventh grade, students are invited back to participate in our Confirmation Program. These students may also volunteer their time to help out in the classroom. Along with creating an ongoing involvement with Judaism, this program provides our students with training in leadership, community service, and a chance to socialize with other Jewish youth of the same age.

During the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year, usually 7th grade, our students find out that Bar/Bat Mitzvah is really only the beginning of their journey into Judaism. At each Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, they will be making the commitment to be a responsible, Jewish adult - starting that day!  Though they are not always sure of what comes next, they know that a new part of their lives has begun.
 
Confirmation class is the next step for those students who take the commitments made at Bar/Bat Mitzvah seriously. In this class, they put what they have been learning into action, and begin the process of Tikkum Olam (repairing the world) in their own lives. They achieve this by working together as a team to perform successful community service projects.
 
Some of the projects past Confirmation Classes have worked on have been:
  • Visits to retirement homes
  • Participating in a walk-a-thon, and raising money for the Jewish Home for the Aging
  • Collecting goods for the Sova Food Pantry

Students are confirmed after two years in the program. However, several students choose to continue on in a leadership capacity for one or two more years.

Confirmation class provides our students the opportunity to build their own young adult community by having dinner together in a sukkah, attending Jewish events, discussing contemporary Jewish issues, and socializing in and outside of class.