The Goals of the Confirmation Program

Confirmation is an important lifecycle event that occurs at the end of ninth grade. In the years following Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students explore issues of conscious from a Jewish perspective and review Judaism's dogma, values, traditions, as well as the history of the Jewish people. This process enables our students at the end of the ninth grade year to affirm their commitment to live their adult lives as committed Jews. They do this at a worship ceremony which typically coincides with the festival of Shavout, which commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The relationship between confirmation and Shavout is significant since the Torah contains Judaism's most important teaching. The ceremony is highlighted by individual speeches in which students express their personal thoughts about the meaning of Judaism.

Confirmation class is led by Rabbi Klein. A springtime highlight of the Confirmation process is the retreat, which is a fun-filled weekend of learning, socialization and religious observance. This retreat usually takes place on the east coast of Florida.

Each student writes a part of the service which is read by that Confirmand. All of the study, discussion and reflection reaches a climax with the Confirmation ceremony.

View Confirmation Handbook
Confirmation Handbook (PDF 147.20 KB)

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For more information, contact the Religious School Office at 727-785-8811, ext. 114 or email rssecretary@ahavatshalom.org.

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