While Confirmation dates back to the mid-19th Century, it has truly found a place in modern Reform Judaism as a forum for post Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens to remain engaged in study and friendship within their community.
Here at Shir Ami, Confirmation is one of the most wonderful and important Jewish experiences your child will ever have. It is an opportunity for teens to study with the rabbi and other senior teachers, grappling with some of the most essential theological and personal topics in our world today.
Students meet weekly in a comfortable, informal setting. Topics of study vary, but are based on modern interpretation of our most valued commandments, ethics and traditions. The opportunity to deepen friendships and bond with the rabbis, the synagogue and Jewish community as a whole is great. The culmination of "confirming" ones commitment to the tradition of our ancestors is even greater.
Some think Confirmation is the highpoint of the religious school experience. Perhaps, but it is also a vital springboard into a lifetime of Jewish study and practice. It is our hope that this positive experience may point your child in the direction of increased Jewish awareness and involvement throughout his/her life.
Confirmation is intimate, always personal in its scope. In addition to a well-structured college-level discourse on the study of traditional commandments and modern values, Confirmation students will find community service projects, services, field trips, unique activities and guest speakers a big part of the education process. Taken together, this curriculum is designed to forge an experience your child will never forget. We know this year of study will stay with them always, coloring his or her feelings as a person and as a Jew.
Our thoughtful year of study culminates at our Shavuot service, where Confirmands walk in white robes down our sanctuary aisle to share their thoughts on a multitude of topics within the context of a beautiful, musical and inspiring service. It is no exaggeration that this is one of the more unique and beautiful services you will ever attend or participate in.