Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation
(9th & 10th grade)
At Beth Israel, 9th and 10th graders join together in the Rabbi’s office on Wednesday nights to learn about Judaism as emerging adults. Topics range from Jewish views on: vegetarianism, driving, technology, social issues, our bodies, and more. Other topics include: Parashat haShavuah, Jewish Philosophy, Sex in the Texts, Current Events, Jewish Comedy, Art, and Film. The students decide which areas of Judaism they want to study, and tangents are encouraged, as long as they have a Jewish focus. The 2-year course culminates in a Confirmation service in which the 10th graders write a creative Shabbat service, read the Ten Commandments from the Torah, and write a speech describing what they have learned and how they have changed. It is a wonderful and growing experience for the student and for the rabbi.