This 3 year cumulative program starts in 8th grade and concludes with our 10th grade students and Confirmation ceremony. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00pm.
Grade 8: Becoming a Jewish Adult
In eighth grade students explore Jewish ethical dilemmas and their changing role in the Jewish community. Students take part in a leadership academy and participate in the religious school as madrichim (helpers) for a portion of the day.
Grade 9: Am I an American Jew or a Jewish American?
In ninth grade the students learn about American Jewish history with a focus on developing an understanding of the evolution of Jewish life in the United States. Students will have the option to participate in a service trip to New Orleans where they will experience southern Jewish history as well as tikkun olam (repairing the world). Towards the end of the year, students also take a broader look at Jewish life around the world and how it compares to the Judaism they know and have experienced. Ninth graders also participate as madrichim for a portion of the Religious School day.
Grade 10: Being a Jewish Adult // Making Jewish Choices
Tenth grade is the culmination of the Confirmation journey. Students explore the complex relationship between their individual identities, their families, Judaism, and God. Ethical issues and Jewish responses as well as other hot topics will also be prevalent pieces of the curriculum. Confirmands participate in a Confirmation service in May or June to publically celebrate and share their journeys.