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.
This trip is part of the confirmation program and spots are limited for students that are not enrolled in our confirmation class.
Join students from your Shaaray Tefila Confirmation class & other 10th graders from Shaaray Tefila with teens from all over the country to explore public policy and social activism through a Jewish lens.
This unique trip to Washington, D.C. provides an opportunity for our students to meet with experts from both inside and outside of the Jewish community to discuss current issues important to teens today!
• The L’Taken Seminar covers different political and social issues areas in a variety of interactive formats.
• Students will get learn how to lobby and visit Capitol Hill on Monday morning.
• Students also get to choose issues they want to “lobby” on the Hill and can be paired up with other students to present their topics.
• The seminar includes an opportunity to tour the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Havdalah services at one of the Memorials.
• Students will enjoy the vibrancy of Georgetown and other exciting areas of Washington on our evenings out as a group.
Trip Cost: Free for students enrolled in the Confirmation class & $500.00 for other 10th grade students (registration fee includes hotel, food, and travel to D.C.)
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 2014 RAC Trip Deposit and Registration Form.
For more information: contact Sarah Lauing at firstname.lastname@example.org