Our Confirmation Class, for students in Grade 10, is taught by our rabbis, and includes studies in theology, Jewish history, and philosophy as well as current events seen through the lens of the Ten Commandments. The class meets once a week on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm with plenty of time for socializing and eating dinner together.
The year’s study culminates on Shabbat morning close to the Festival of Shavuot. The service is led by the class, and augmented with the students’ own writings, the chanting of the Ten Commandments and a selection from the Book of Ruth.
For more information on the place of Confirmation in Reform Judaism, click here.
As part of the confirmation program, our students go to Washington, D.C. to participate in a social justice program. Nearly 2,000 high school-aged students each year from all over the country participate in this program called, the Religious Action Center’s (RAC) L'Taken Seminar. The “RAC” is the Union for Reform Judaism’s legislative arm. The L’Taken seminar is designed to expose students to a variety of public policy issues, explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teach the skills of an effective advocate.
Throughout the weekend, students are given knowledge and tools to write effective, persuasive and passionate speeches important issues facing our country to present to offices of a New York Senator and our local State Representative(s).
Click here for a history of the RAC. Click here for the 2013 RAC Trip Deposit and Registration Form.
To learn more about the RAC, click here.