Confirmation is a time for teenagers, primarily those in 10th grade, to explore Judaism and its values. The weekly classes provide a supportive, non-judgmental opportunity to reflect, with our clergy and fellow students, on what matters in Judaism and how best to express it as an individual and within our community. Classes are usually held on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Students in a class are confirmed together and prepare a tzedakah project as a group. This emphasizes the importance of communal action that is at the heart of Judaism.
A highlight of the year is a weekend trip to the Religious Action Center in Washington DC, where they learned how lobbying influences politics, and about major social issues, like homelessness, reproductive rights, and disability rights. They learned how to put Jewish values into action in our lives.
The ceremony of Confirmation is held on Shavuot. Confirmands plan and lead the entire service. Our community comes out in force to support the commitment teens have made throughout the year.