Post B’nai Mitzvah Program and Teen Programs
8th–10th Grade: Journey To Adulthood
The goal for our teens who have become b’nai mitzvah is that they develop the Jewish identity they have built here at Congregation B’nai Yisrael by exploring how to apply Judaism to their lives and world. In that spirit, we are offering a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for our young people to make Judaism a meaningful aspect of their teenage lives. Program choices now include:
- Taking individual courses based upon interest
- Being at Congregation B’nai Yisrael every Tuesday evening as a regular experience
- Confirmation (requires at least 9 courses during grades 8-10)
Course information for 2015-2016 to be available soon.
Confirmation represents a high point in a young person’s development of Jewish Identity; it marks as well the beginning of life-long learning that is the hallmark of an educated Jewish adult. At Congregation B’nai Yisrael, Confirmation takes place at the conclusion of the 10th grade and is celebrated in conjunction with the festival of Shavuot. To be a candidate for Confirmation, a 10th grader should participate in a minimum of nine courses at Congregation B’nai Yisrael during their 8th-10th grade years.
Our confirmation class formally comes together in the winter months. We begin our time by participating in the L’Taken seminar of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. This powerful weekend focused on the nexus of our Jewish values and our American democracy, culminates in our Confirmands going up to Capitol Hill on Monday and lobbying our Senators and Congresspeople on issues close to their hearts.
Soon after we return, the Confirmation Class meets every Tuesday with our rabbi and cantor to understand what it means to become a Confirmand and to prepare for the Confirmation Service.
- L’Taken Seminar in D.C.
- Class sessions: 6:00-8:00 p.m. TBD
- Confirmation Service: 8:00 p.m. TBD